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Climate Change

Next-gen reactor to adjust output in 17 minutes: Mitsubishi Heavy

Drastically shorter reaction time will allow nuclear power to supplement renewables

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is developing new generation reactors for the coming decades that can quickly vary output to compensate for renewable source fluctuations. (Source photo by Reuters) 

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will develop a new nuclear reactor in the mid-2030s that will be able to fine-tune its power output in minutes, enabling it to respond to fluctuations in power generation from renewable energy sources, Nikkei has learned.

The technology will make nuclear as nimble as thermal power as a supply source, and is expected to facilitate greater use of renewable energy in the power system.

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