Wednesday, 16 April 2014

MIT designs a floating, tsunami-proof nuclear plant


What's the safest place to place a nuclear reactor? Offshore, apparently. a replacement station style idea from MIT envisions a facility designed on floating platforms, moored in deep water many miles off the coast. This, the concept's creators justify, lends it many crucial benefits -- creating it nearly proof against earthquakes, tsunamis and meltdowns. massive promises, to be sure, however the professors' reasoning really makes sense: in deep water, tsunami waves are not massive enough to cause significant harm, and earthquakes are sometimes solely felt if you're standing on the earth. Floating the reactor on the ocean also provides the plant access to simple, passive cooling, what MIT's Jacopo Buongiorno calls an "infinite sink."

The idea could also be designed to prevent natural disasters, however a number of its concepts sound a little dangerous on their own. Buongiorno describes an emergency scenario that sees the plant discharge radioactive gasses into the ocean, instead of into the air. This protects nearby populations from mobile radiation, however sounds like a questionable move in terms of protecting the native setting. For now, it's simply a concept --however if the thought will be developed additional, it may offer us with safer, additional manageable nuclear energy within the future.



      

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