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State of the art nuclear reactor could hand China 'holy grail' in global energy race

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Daily Star's biggest headlines straight to your inbox!A new form of nuclear technology developed by China could change the face of global energy forever - and give Beijing a huge economic advantage over the West.Instead of uranium, a Chinese nuclear power station to be operational this month will be powered using thorium.That's a safer, cheaper and cleaner alternative to traditional radioactive tech, The Times reported.The by-products of thorium are also less suitable to the development of nuclear weapons.Another key difference is that thorium uses molten salt rather than water as a coolant.That means thorium power stations can be built in the middle of the desert and far away from population centres.It also means power stations can be.

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