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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 patentman on 6/21/2006 12:54:30 PM , Rating: 2
"Wow, I couldn't stomp on and smash patentman's lies about "millions dead" better than you. I just wanted to comment a little on his stupid remark about millions of dead, from my Kiev experience (I was theer in 1986) but I'm late - you shot patentman's BS lies like Carlos Hathcock."

Did I ever say millions would die as a result of an accident at a nuclear plant? NO DUMBASS, I DIDN'T. I said that there is a POTENTIAL for millions to die as a result of a nuclear accident. Further, if you knew your ass from your mouth you would realize that people are STILL being affected by Chernoble...... And if you don't believe me, go talk to some kids over there who have thyroid cancer, three fingers (or some other birth defect), there are in fact thousands upon thousands of them (See http://environmentalchemistry.com/yogi/hazmat/arti...).

Glad to know this forum attracts some real geniuses... And yes, although I do not have first hand knowledge, I have a pretty clear understanding of what it is like to live in a communist country as my Father grew up in Czechoslovakia when it was still communist.

As for Batteries not being used in modern power grids, I disagree. While they are not widely used, they are used.


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