The power plant, which is worth $317 million, will contain two 35-megawatt reactors and will measure 472 feet long and 98 feet wide. Dubbed KLT-40C, United Industrial’s ship-shaped plant will cost the same per kilowatt hour as a hydropower station, but with the added benefits of machine maneuverability for servicing and the ability to be towed close to industrial sites that require large amounts of electricity. The plant is also far away enough from population centers to theoretically quell fears about terrorist attacks and meltdowns. Still, a nuclear accident on the high seas could have disastrous consequences.
Safety concerns might slow floating nuclear power plants from becoming popular now, but such complains will soon be overshadowed, as the International Atomic Energy Association estimates that the demand for atomic energy will climb 66% by 2030.
[Via Green Inc.]