According to a report by scmp.com, China developed a nuclear reactor powered by thorium that does not require water for cooling. "The thorium-powered reactors do not need water as a coolant, meaning they can be built in remote deserts alongside wind and solar power plants," the report said.
The molten salt reactor, powered by liquid thorium rather than uranium, should also be safer than traditional ones because in the event of a leak, the molten thorium would cool and solidify quickly, dispersing less radiation into the environment.
The construction of the first commercial reactor should be completed by 2030, and the government plans to build several of the reactors in the deserts and plains of central and western China. China may also consider building such reactors for a number of foreign countries.