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Novel Russian hybrid reactor will be assembled in Kurchatov Institute by the end of 2018

A hybrid reactor which might in future replace atomic power stations will be framed by scientists from the Kurchatov Institute by the end of 2018, with the real setting in operation being scheduled for 2020. The plans have been announced by the scientific director of Kurchatov Complex of Fusionable Energetics and Plasma Technologies Petr Khvorostenko.
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«The hybrid tokamak is now called T-15MD. This is the large device which we should assemble at the spot of on old T-15 setup in the building of Kurchatov Institute by the end of the year. We have already disassembled the old setup and started to maintain the new one using an old foundation,» - Khvorostenko said and added that the real start of new setup would be in 2020 and researchers will work out technologies «required for the fusionable source of neutrons of such hybrid reactor».

In contrast to the atomic nuclear cell, the hybrid reactor will operate with thorium which is cheaper and more affordable than uranium. According to estimations of researchers from Kurchatov Institute, the uranium-235 supply is enough only for next 50−70 years. In contrast to the fusionable reactor, one does not need to provide ultrahigh temperatures for obtaining energy in a hybrid reactor.

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