China Experimental Fast Reactor

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CEFR under construction on June 4th, 2004

The China Experimental Fast Reactor (CEFR) is China's first fast nuclear reactor, and is located outside Beijing at the China Institute of Atomic Energy. It aims to provide China with fast-reactor design, construction, and operational experience, and will be a key facility for testing and researching components and materials to be used in subsequent fast reactors. It achieved first criticality on July 21, 2010.[1] It started generating power a year later on July 21, 2011.[2] Japan's Atomic Energy Agency (AEA) reported that the reactor stopped generating electricity in October 2011 following an accident; the director of the China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE) denied that any accident had occurred however.[3] CEFR is a 65 MW (thermal), 20 MW (electric), sodium-cooled, pool-type reactor with a 30-year design lifetime and a target burnup of 100 MWd/kg.[4] On 2012-10-31 Xinhua announced that the CEFR has passed official checks. [5]


  1. ^ "Criticality for China’s first fast reactor". Nuclear Engineering International. July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-23. 
  2. ^ "China's experimental fast neutron reactor begins generating power". xinhuanet. July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  3. ^ "China denies nuclear accident". Telegraph Media Group. January 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  4. ^ "China's Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) Program". Nuclear Threat Initiative. February 2004. Retrieved 2010-07-23. 
  5. ^ "China makes nuclear power development". Xinhua. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 

Coordinates: 39°44′27″N 116°01′49″E / 39.740929°N 116.030139°E / 39.740929; 116.030139