Russia to Build Floating Commercial Nuclear Reactor
June 19, 2006 2:19 AM
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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.
are all racing to increase the world's knowledge on nuclear fusion as well.
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RE: How to do it
6/20/2006 8:12:48 AM
> "but nuclear "reactors" have existed in nature. There was found a couple 500000 year old ones in africa a few years back. Embedded in granite. "
You're probably referring to the one in Gabon....a naturally occurring nuclear reactor that ran for 150 million years...putting out 100,000 watts the whole period.
As an aside, I'd like to point out that the nuclear waste formed by this reactor sat for TWO BILLION YEARS without ever moving more than 3 meters from where it was formed. All fully contained, with no leakage. In a "storage location" that wasn't even designed for isolation and containment...but one that just naturally occurred.
And yet enviro-wackos try to convince us that storing waste safely for a measly 10K years isn't possible.
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