China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) held a ceremony to mark the founding of the Research Center for Nuclear Fuels and Materials, in Beijing, on Nov 27, the company said.
The new center represents an important milestone in the development and production of high-performance nuclear fuels and materials, as well as high-performance nuclear reactor cores to realize the effective and efficient development of nuclear energy.
Yu Jianfeng, chairman of CNNC, attended the ceremony. He said that the founding of the new facility was a significant measure to implement the national innovation-driven development strategy and build an advanced nuclear science industrial system.
It signifies a major step for the reform and development of CNNC’s scientific innovation system, Yu said.
“Nuclear fuels and materials are fundamental to developing the nuclear industry. Only when a nuclear company takes the high ground in the area can it be as qualified as an advanced nuclear science industrial system and world-class nuclear firm able to compete at a global level," he said, speaking at a meeting.
“The aim of CNNC’s founding of the Research Center for Nuclear Fuels and Materials is to build a platform to organize the overall planning for scientific innovations in the area of nuclear fuels and materials, so as to better push forward the transformation of scientific achievements and provide support for progressing the corporation’s industrial technology,” Yu said.
The aim is also for China to become more self sufficient in its nuclear industry, which means more self sufficient supplying and processing its own fuel. China is building multiple reactors, designing its own proprietary power plants and working on exporting its know-how and it's construction capabilities. For fuel supply, however, it still relies on imports. For fuel technology, it shares responsibility with several foreign companies, including Areva, Westinghouse and TVEL, the World Nuclear Association reported.
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