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Water -------------- Like Magic - but based upon dehumidifier science - and available for sale today if you have the money and enough electricity. Solar cells, wind turbines and tiny nuclear reactors pulling water from dry air in the middle of a desert.



                                        2,000 kiloWatt Wind Turbine                                              5,000 kiloWatt Town-size Ultra-Safe Underground Nuclear Reactor           


Nuclear Water Desalination

Public electricity demand varies widely over time, making a hybrid facility such as this very beneficial at all times.  


Electricity Demand varies widely over both the day and the year.
This means you can run the nuclear reactor flat-out all the time, shifting between mostly electricity and mostly water desalination every 24 hours, and just pump your extra water into a water reservoir until needed.


Repairing the Water:  A Sustainable Future Also Demands Abundant Energy for Fresh Water.

Energy, Water, and our Future are Inextricably Intertwined
80% of fresh water use is for growing our food, 70% of desalination is for purifying brackish water.
The Mid-East has over 1,600 flash desalinator stages currently in service. Flash desalinators are a well-developed technology.

Why don’t we get more
drinking water from desalinating the ocean?

Peter H. Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, a nonprofit environmental and water policy think tank based in Oakland, Calif., distills an answer:

The desalination of water requires a lot of energy and, hence, money. The price varies widely from place to place, ranging from just under a dollar up to several dollars to produce a cubic meter (264 gallons) of desalted water, and efforts to reduce the energy requirements have not kept pace with rising energy costs. The cost of drawing freshwater from a river or aquifer is much lower— about 10 to 20 cents per cubic meter—and farmers often pay even less. As a result, desalination currently satisfies less than half a percent of human water needs. Desalination carries environmental costs as well: seawater intakes can suck up small ocean creatures, upsetting the food chain, and the process’s leftover brine is so strong that its return to the ocean can prove harmful to coastal ecosystems. Nevertheless, desalination’s appeal is growing as other sources of water disappear and the price gap closes. Finding a new source of freshwater or building a dam in a place such as California, for instance, can drive costs up to 60 cents per cubic meter. Far more must be done to use water more efficiently, but with the world’s population swelling and the water supply dwindling, the economic tide may soon turn in favor of desalination.


Saudi Arabia Shoaiba Unit 1 - An oil powered combined electricity power plant and flash desalination water plant.


- Using Nuclear Energy to Repair Our Water Supplies -

The time has come where using fossil energy heat to desalinate a climate changing world's water is wrong.

Advanced Reactors / Capex Of $3,000/kW Represents ‘Attractive Investment’

(Next generation nuclear fuel rods.)

D. T. Ingersoll,  NuScale Power, LLC,  Corvallis, OR, USA, et al.  Proceedings of the ASME 2014 Small Modular Reactors Symposium, SMR2014, April 15-17, 2014, Washington, D.C., USA.  Note: Most of below images are from website author.


Nuclear energy plants are attractive energy sources for large scale water desalination since the thermal energy produced in a nuclear reactor can provide both electricity and steam to desalt water without the production of greenhouse gases. A particularly attractive option is to couple a desalination plant with the new generation of nuclear plant designs: small modular reactors (SMR). This allows regions with smaller electrical grids and limited infrastructure to add new electrical and water capacity in more appropriate increments and allows countries to consider siting plants at a broader range of distributed locations.

The NuScale SMR plant design is especially well suited for the co-generation of electricity and desalted water. The enhanced safety, improved affordability, and deployment flexibilities of the NuScale design provide a cost-effective approach to expanding global desalination capacity. Parametric studies have been performed to evaluate technical options for coupling a NuScale plant to a variety of different desalination technologies. An economic comparison of these options was performed for each of the different desalination technologies coupled to an appropriately sized NuScale plant capable of providing sufficient carbon-free electricity and clean water to support a city of 300,000 people.


Desalination is extremely energy-intensive
but both the energy reserves - ocean's uranium - and ocean's saline water reserves - are vast.

There is a staggering amount of much-cheaper-than-coal nuclear heat available for desalinating the oceans to obtain fresh water.


7 year membrane life.

Comparing "Multi-Stage Flash Desalinators" and "Reverse-Osmosis Desalinators".



Your website author is using Reverse-Osmosis desalinated water from the largest desalinator facility in the Western Hemisphere,
located just South of Tampa, Florida.


There are over 16,000 flash water desalinator stages producing 75 million cubic meters of fresh water per day.
60% is seawater, but 35% is desalination of brackish ground and surface water. Concentrated seawater gives you a head start for extracting it's dissolved uranium using water softener ion-exchange technology.
Japan holds all the key primary international patents for this process.


Nuclear Water Desalination + Electricity Generation


Integration of NuScale Small Modular Reactor (SMR) With Desalination Technologies

Note: The first operational ultra-safe, inexpensive NuScale SMR has been under construction at Idaho National Labs for about a year. It's power will go to the U.S. Pacific Northwest Grid.
A NuScale reactor power plant can have as many as 12 reactor modules, starting modestly but, over time, enabling a rather large city to have all the electricity and desalinated water it needs.



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Nuclear power plants installed on barges can easily bring clean electricity to the world's massive coastal populations, then return to shipyards for repair, refueling.
Several countries already have nuclear power plant barges in the works. China has an excellent model under development.