Compact sodium-cooled nuclear reactor - KNK

The compact sodium-cooled nuclear reactor (KNK) was an experimental nuclear power plant with an output of 20 MW of electrical power. From 1971 to 1974, the plant was operated with a thermal core as KNK-I and from 1977 to 1991 was run with a fast core as the prototype of a fast breeder reactor plant, known as KNK-II. In this type of reactor, sodium rather than water is used as the cooling medium. When fast breeder technology was abandoned in Germany, the KNK plant was shut down once and for all in 1991. Dismantling work has been underway since 1993. The shutdown concept provides for the complete disassembly of the plant. The first shutdown approvals related to the reactor periphery. Dismantling inside the reactor building has been underway since 2003.

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