Elements S4 • E73

Nuclear Power Plants Are Floating on Water…Wait What?





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Published on Jul 29, 2019

Both Russia and China are developing floating nuclear reactors. Although critics have dubbed it "Chernobyl on ice," it might have many benefits.
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Floating nuclear power plants are self-contained, low-capacity nuclear power reactors that are mass produced at shipbuilding facilities. They can be towed to ports or power towns that are experiencing power deficiencies.

Russia is building a fleet of floating nuclear plants and China is reportedly starting to build a floating nuclear power station set to be seaworthy by 2021 to provide power for its artificial islands

Nuclear power is one option to free humanity from our dependence on fossil fuels for energy.

Unlike oil, coal, or gas, generating nuclear power emits no carbon dioxide, though it does create radioactive waste, some of which has to be stored securely for thousands of years.

And unlike wind energy or solar energy, it can produce energy on demand. So a few countries are aggressively pursuing nuclear power, and some have even designed ships with reactors to serve as mobile power plants.

So is this idea ingenious or a disaster waiting to happen? Learn more on this episode of Elements.

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China Is Building up to 20 Floating Nuclear Power Plants
"Floating nuclear reactors sound perilous, but the China National Nuclear Corp plans to develop them as a cheaper alternative to transmitting power from mainland China."

Chernobyl disaster
"Chernobyl disaster, accident in 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in the Soviet Union, the worst disaster in the history of nuclear power generation."


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