Over the past years, China has been committed to switching to clean energy as the country takes concrete efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
One of the most effective ways to that end is to limit coal heating – a common way to keep warm in winter in the country. Several Chinese provinces have launched nuclear energy heating projects to reduce environmental pollution and ensure energy supply as temperatures drop.
The Haiyang Nuclear Energy Heating Project, China’s largest nuclear heating project, which uses heat generated by nuclear energy in an environmentally-friendly way, is warming the country’s first carbon-free city.
According to the State Power Investment Corp (SPIC), the new heating system was put into operation earlier this week in Haiyiang City in the eastern province of Shandong, a few days before the scheduled start of the four-month winter heating period due to recent cold weather.
As China’s first commercial and largest nuclear heating project, the Haiyang Nuclear Plant occupies 92.8 percent of the country’s total nuclear heating capacity of 365 megawatt (MW), providing clean energy to more than 200,000 residents.
Trials to use steam from nuclear power for winter heating in Haiyang began in 2019, involving 7,000 households.
Unit 1 of the Haiyang Nuclear Plant is the world’s largest …