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The floating nuclear reactors would provide power and heat to Arctic regions

Russia's Atomic Power Agency and an Arctic military shipbuilding plant have both agreed to build the world's first commercial floating nuclear fission reactor, which should be in use in as early as 2010.  The first floating reactor that Rosenergoatom and Sevmash build is estimated to cost around $336 million -- it will be deployed in a remote, sparsely-populated region on Siberia's northern coast, where electric and thermal supply is very limited.  Russian president Vladimir Putin hopes to bump the nation's electricity generated by nuclear reactors from 17 percent to 25 percent.   

Although Russian authorities believe floating nuclear plants are safe, not everyone is as supportive.  Environmentalists like Charles Digges, editor of a Norwegian and Russian arctic nuclear publication, believes that floating nuclear plants are "absolutely unsafe - inherently so."  However, the head of Russia's Federal Atomic Power Agency has dismissed all criticism while saying that there will not be a floating Chernobyl incident.

Nuclear fission isn't the only game in town anymore.  ITER, JT-60 and EAST are all racing to increase the world's knowledge on nuclear fusion as well.


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RE: good idea
By peternelson on 6/19/2006 8:43:08 AM , Rating: 2

Be aware that Chernobyl had BOTH failsafes for cooling and control rods.

An accident still occured because the fool in charge of the plant decided to disable them so he could run a test and impress his colleagues.

The most dangerous part of a nuclear plant is the people (or the terrorists outside).


RE: good idea
By The Cheeba on 6/19/2006 9:12:04 AM , Rating: 2
quote:

Be aware that Chernobyl had BOTH failsafes for cooling and control rods.

Chernobyl was a first generation design, and there were still dozens of cascading errors that occurred (same with 3MI). No facility built today even has the ability to disable the failsafes.


RE: good idea
By masher2 (blog) on 6/19/2006 9:55:05 AM , Rating: 1
> "Chernobyl was a first generation design..."

Chernobyl was a first-generation Soviet design. The Western world wisely never once built a single graphite-moderated, water-cooled reactor. Such designs are inherently dangerous.


RE: good idea
By nightdagger on 6/20/2006 1:59:07 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, the accident was caused because some idiot operators were seeing how long it would still produce power without cooling. They overrode the safety precautions.


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