US completes transfer of coolant salt to Czech Republic to develop new nuclear reactors

PRAGUE – The United States says it has completed a transfer of 75 kilograms (165 pounds) of salt coolant material to the Czech Republic as part of co-operation between the two countries in developing new nuclear reactors.

The U.S. Embassy in Prague says the fluoride salt comes from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and will be used for experiments at the Czech Nuclear Research Institute in Rez near Prague.

In Friday’s statement, it says both countries will share the results of the testing, the goal of which is to help “U.S. and Czech research and development on a new generation of more efficient, high temperature, lower cost and passively-safe reactors.”

The move follows President Barack Obama’s 2009 speech in Prague during which he called for international civil nuclear co-operation.