China achieves commercial operation of world’s first fourth-generation nuclear reactor

On December 6, China began commercial operations at the Shidaowan nuclear plant, featuring the world’s first fourthgeneration nuclear reactor.

The 200-megawatt high-temperature, gas-cooled reactor in Shandong province is a major advancement in fuel efficiency, economics, safety, and environmental impact. Developed collaboratively by Huaneng, Tsinghua University, and China National Nuclear Corporation, its modular design allows off-site construction, enhancing versatility for remote locations.

China targets 10% nuclear electricity by 2035, aligning with carbon emissions goals and boosting nuclear development in safety and innovation.