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Hitachi and GE to develop safer reactor, learning from Fukushima

New model designed to cool nuclear fuel even during power outage

Kyushu Electric Power's Sendai nuclear station in Kagoshima prefecture. Hitachi and GE are designing a reactor that would improve the safety of the cooling and venting processes, as Japan hopes to develop next-generation nuclear facilities.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Hitachi and General Electric will design a nuclear reactor that addresses safety issues that contributed to the 2011 accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant, Nikkei has learned.

Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, a joint venture of the Japanese and U.S. industrial giants, is developing an advanced light-water reactor based on the same technology as the boiling-water units used at Fukushima. But the new model will be able to cool nuclear fuel even during a power loss.

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