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 9:26:29 AM
you can't really compare a car to a nuclear reactor, the only thing they have in common is that they both pollute..
reading some of these posts sure have thought(teached?) me a couple of things, but are still hoping for other and better solutions. i live en danmark and everything with nuclear written on it, is banned, we still have diesel submarines :D and we produce more energy that we can handle, we sell some of it to our neighbours, i'm not so much into what we have here in Denmark, just know that some of it is windmills, we love them :D.
RE: How to do it
6/20/2006 9:42:02 AM
> " i'm not so much into what we have here in Denmark, just know that some of it is windmills"
About 10% is wind. Over 80% of your power is generated from fossil fuels...mostly from burning oil and imported coal.
Coal-fired electricity generation is, of course, far more polluting than either driving a car or running a nuclear reactor.
RE: How to do it
6/21/2006 5:34:58 AM
Rart med en anden dansker her.
My compason with the car was that, on a large scale, cars do kill thousands if not millions of people every year.
Alone in the USA I think there around 40000 deaths related to car accidents. Then add to that the diseases cause by the cars emissions of heavy metals. Lead and stuff...
Not everything nuclear has been banned from Denmark. I am sad though that they have closed down our Risoe experimental reactor. Afaik we have a nuclear waste problem there. Additionally theres used radioactive materials in the hospitals and the universities.
PS: Thx for the correction on the natural nuclear reactors.
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