Russian Floating Nuclear Plant Heads Out to Sea

On April 28th 2018, in St Petersburg, Russian state-owned nuclear power company Rosatom launched Akademik Lomonosov, a nuclear power plant on a barge that will be towed through the Baltic sea and into the Arctic ocean, eventually to be moored offshore and provide power to the northern Russian city of Pevek, on the Kamchatka peninsular. The plant is not fueled at this point, fueling will take place when it reaches its destination.

A press release from the company states:

“PEB is the unique and first in the world project of a mobile transportable power unit of low power. It is designed for operation in the Far North and Far East regions and its main goal is to provide power to remote industrial enterprises, port cities, and gas and oil platforms located on the high seas. The FPPP is designed with a large margin of safety, which exceeds all possible threats and makes nuclear reactors invulnerable to tsunamis and other natural disasters. In addition, the nuclear processes on the floating power unit meet all the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and do not threaten the environment.”

According to an article on The Drive website here, Rosatom states that there has been interest from numerous countries to purchase similar plants in the future.

  • georgehants

    Wonderful peaceful use of nuclear power, think what Cold Fusion will be able to do if it ever gets released by those that supposedly have a working device, keeping it secret for personal profit is much more important than helping people, sad World.
    Regarding safety, I am sure there will be much to say.

  • Martin Holloway

    This is like the beginning to an episode of Thunderbirds

  • Vinney

    I think we can safely say, that although the Eastern bloc countries have had an outstanding science and mathematics education, they consider their few (hard working, capable) LENR pioneers as ‘crackpots’ (Parkhomov etal).
    This is the ‘stupidest’ and ‘biggest’ waste of money I have ever heard. It far exceeds the ENEA decision to invest $500 million in hot fusion.
    But the Italians have not had science and maths beaten into them with a stick.

  • Omega Z

    Petroleum companies merely provide products that the consumers need. It should be noted that without fossil fuels, there would likely be less then a billion people in the world, most just being peasants who hope the latest crop provides enough sustenance to carry them through to the next harvest. There would be no modern society. In addition, None of us would currently exist to even have such a discussion.

    Army. Still needed as there are/will always be those who want to control everything you do including where you live and what you eat. And they are more then willing to use force to make it there way.

  • cashmemorz

    It is the large size and large scale methods of power production that will more realistically work. As in the case of the Russian floating nuclear reactor. Compare that to how Rossi wants to do it. A 15′ x 9′ x 9′ shipping container. Now compare what the Russian ship sized installation can do and what Rossi’s installation could do. The ship, just based on it size, can handle onsite contingencies of almost every description. It will have, on site, everything imagined by the planners as being needed for long term and dependable operation. Rossi’s installation will have the one unit, sufficient to produce the base power for one client and maybe a bit more for peak loads. There might be room for one replacement core assembly for just in case of emergency breakdown of the active unit. Not much else. Anything more will have to be delivered from some central location. Contingencies will be covered as they developed, along with any local depot for parts, personnel, tie in with traditional power, mishaps at the client side, anything caused by the local environment or by vandals. This all takes time to arrange for, while the Rossi system develops. The ship based power plant, has the benefit of hindsight of the history of nuclear fission plants, which are mostly all figured out, standardized and in place. Rossi still has a long way to go in terms of long term dependability. Any thing that can go wrong will go wrong, especially where there is a new kind and very novel way of doing something. This brings up the point of having troubleshooting experts for all possible contingencies on hand at all times. Until Rossi’s system also reaches the maturity of traditional power producing methods, it will be a few decades. Anything can happen between now and then. Even better power producing methods could overtake Rossi. Brilliant Light and Power, with their claim of a highly developed theory, are one such example. Rossi still has no falsifiable theory to back up his methods of power production. That can put a kink into his plans at any time.

  • cashmemorz

    спаситель русских

    Nyet.

  • cashmemorz

    I was involved in the remediation of the Three Mile Island Nuclear plant accident. I also know of at least two other accidents that were covered up, but not before the first story hit the media. The USA has its share of cover ups, nuclear and otherwise.

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