Nuclear Engineering International
China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) on 28 July launched a district heating demonstration project at the Qinshan NPP in Zhejiang Province. The project, in cooperation with the Haiyan County Government, will "provide a nuclear energy solution to solve the heating problem in southern China," CNNC said.
The project will proceed in three stages. The aim is to have a nuclear heating area of 4 million square metres by 2025, covering the main urban area of Haiyan County and the entire area of Shupu Town. The first phase is planned to be completed and put into operation this year, to provide nuclear power central heating of 459,000 square metres in three living areas and 5,000 square metres of apartments for the elderly in Haiyan County.
“I believe that through the nuclear heating cooperation platform, we can strive to create a Jiangnan Nuclear Heating Demonstration Window and provide a Qinshan Plan to solve the heating problem in the south of my country!" said Huang Qian, Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairman of Qinshan Nuclear Power.
"Nuclear energy heating technology has mature technical routes, broad market prospects and huge development potential," CNNC said. "As an important livelihood protection project in Haiyan County, the project will use the remaining thermal power from the Qinshan NPP units in winter to provide safe, zero-carbon heating for residents and public facilities in Haiyan County without affecting the original power generation and safety performance of the units." CNNC said the project will help Zhejiang province achieve its goal of carbon neutrality ahead of schedule.