China Cleans Up
China is adding nuclear, hydroelectric, wind and solar power at an unrivaled pace.
China has 22 nuclear reactors under construction, with a combined capacity of 23 gigawatts. Two-thirds of these, including this one at Fuqing on China’s southeastern coast, use a homegrown design based on France’s existing light-water reactors. Li Ganjie, director of China’s National Nuclear Safety Administration, recently warned that “overrapid expansions” could diminish reactor quality and safety.