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Japan nuclear power agency joins U.K. advanced reactor project

British-led team aims to bring high-temperature gas reactor online by 2030s

The inside of a high-temperature gas reactor. These reactors are considered a safer alternative to conventional nuclear reactors, but have yet to be put to commercial use. (Photo courtesy of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency)

TOKYO -- The Japan Atomic Energy Agency will help develop cutting-edge nuclear reactors in the U.K. that could come online by the early 2030s for safety and feasibility testing.

The government-backed agency said Monday it will work on high-temperature gas reactors (HTGRs) as part of a team led by Britain's National Nuclear Laboratory. Such reactors involve construction materials and design features that can make them safer than conventional nuclear reactors.

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