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Russia unveils world's first floating nuclear power station

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Easy to decommission: tow into deep waters and scuttle.

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BungleToday 06:30 am JST

Easy to decommission: tow into deep waters and scuttle.

And pollute the ocean and maritime food chain, sounds like a plan!

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Yup, an accident just waiting to happen. Idiots.

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So its not a submarine?

those are rotting away far away from Fukushima.

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Not the first. There was one of these in Fukushima :P

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Interesting. It's probably state of the art tech so I don't understand some of the debbie downers here. Besides, if there ever was a cooling problem, they've probably installed a way to manually pump cold salt water into the system.

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Not the first.

Panama Canal had a USA 10MW nuclear power ship one during the 1970s, the USS Sturgis (converted to nuclear in 1963) to ensure power in the area.

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Guess they never learned much from the nuclear sub still sitting down below, waiting for disaster. This thing could easily be used as a weapon, or just a major accident.

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Not sure I would trust this thing not to go nuclear at the wrong time. That said, I wonder why nuclear powered ships are not sailed to areas of natural disaster, like Puerto Rico, and used to give emergency power.

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Guess they never learned much from the nuclear sub still sitting down below, waiting for disaster.

The US Navy lost 2 nuclear subs still resting on the ocean floor and the Russians 7 subs with 6 subs rusting underwater.

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Couldn't they have painted it better, rather than looking something like Chocolate Sandwich Cake ?

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There are something like 10 missing nuke subs, American and Russian/Soviet. There are also a couple of missing American atomic bombs one off the Japanese coast. The Soviet dump barrels of highly radioactive waste in the arctic seas.

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Not to mention the Farallon Islands nuclear waste dump just off the coast of San Francisco.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/farallon-islands

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Very good for preventing a meltdown.

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What is the lifetime of nuclear waste? What is the lifetime of an iron barge?

Aw, forget it, cake today and pass the problems to our children.

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nandakandamanda

4th generation molten salt reactions can burn waste from earlier generation reactors and don't use water for cooling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN7mXUg88JM

Because the US Navy was behind all the initial nuclear research, water cooling was very natural. There are a multitude of other nuclear reactions that aren't based on uranium and produce waste with much shorter half-lives than what is currently used.

There are some downsides for some of the reactions, serious downsides, but using less than 8kg of fuel a year (vs 20 metric tons) and going from 300K years for storage to just 200 yrs are some pretty great upsides. These are for the same energy output.

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