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China’s Tianwan-5 attains first criticality
Reactor operators bring Tianwan’s Unit 5 to first criticality. Photo: CNNC
Unit 5 at the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China achieved initial criticality on July 27, marking “the completion of the commissioning of the overall system and equipment of the unit,” according to Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation, the plant’s owner and operator.
J. C. Gascon, J. Hourtoule, I. Benfatto, S. Nair, J. Tao, J. Goff
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 61 | Number 1 | January 2012 | Pages 47-51
Fusion | Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST12-A13395
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
ITER is a large-scale scientific experiment (presently under construction in Southern France) to demonstrate it is possible to produce commercial energy from nuclear fusion. In order to achieve nuclear fusion, ITER plant will be directly fed from the 400 kV French National Grid. The transmission grid will be able to provide up to 500 MW for pulsed loads (power converters) as well as 120 MW for continuous loads (auxiliaries systems) with total reactive power up to 200 Mvar demand from the pulsed loads and 48 Mvar from the continuous loads.This paper describes the specific electrical engineering studies performed to ensure the required levels of availability and to reach the required global reliability and availability of ITER project.