Nuclear Video Matinee: Offshore Nuclear Plants

April 25, 2014, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe

Jacopo Buongiorno of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discusses some of the advantages of a nuclear reactor concept under development in collaboration with industry and other universities: floating off-shore nuclear power plants, constructed entirely in a shipyard, anchored off the coast, linked to the electric grid via undersea cable. Earthquakes and tsunamis would not be a threat, the ocean would be readily available to serve as a heat sink for reactor cooling, emergency evacuation planning would be a lesser consideration...

A potentially revolutionary advance in nuclear engineering? The concept has made quite a splash in the media-the latest being more details via a story in The Economist.

Thanks to Massachusetts Institute of Technology YouTube and the Nuclear Street News Team.

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