World's smallest nuclear power plant: China is developing a reactor so tiny that it can fit in a shipping container


China is developing the world’s smallest nuclear power station, which could go into operation within five years, according to new reports. 

The tiny power plant would fit inside a shipping container and could generate 10 megawatts of heat – enough to power 50,000 households.

The mini reactor could be placed on an island in the disputed South China Sea.

A model of the mini reactor, which could eventually be used to generate 10 megawatts of heat - enough to power 50,000 households

A model of the mini reactor, which could eventually be used to generate 10 megawatts of heat – enough to power 50,000 households

THE MINI POWER PLANT 

– Known as hedianbao, or ‘portable nuclear battery pack’

– Generates 10 megawatts of heat, enough to power 50,000 households

– Measures around just 20 feet (6.1 metres) by 8.5 feet (2.6 metres)

– Would enable the desalination of large amounts of seawater for use…



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