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Roger Arnold is a former software engineer and systems architect. He studied physics, math, and chemistry at Michigan State University's Honors College. After graduation, he worked in...

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The reactor being used is one of China's adaptations of the AP1000 design. So it's producing power as well as heat. Using it to supply both makes sense, particularly in one of the colder northern cities of China. But the "waste" heat from nuclear power reactors could also be used to support district air conditioning in southern cities, via sorption-based cooling cycles. That will become increasingly important as global warming proceeds.

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Matt Chester on Nov 23, 2020

This seems like it would be the perfect application in China where district heating is one of the key areas clinging strongly to coal and other fossil fuels without much of an alternative in sight

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