Electricity Decarbonization, ThorCon "Nuclear Island" Barge
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Environmentalism's Nuclear Disaster: Advocating Coal Instead Of Nuclear.

About Nuclear and Conventional Power Plant Barges  

Atomic Insights: Who will be ThorConís engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor? 
Much of the world's population and wealth is located within 50 miles of seaside metropolitan population centers. 
Barges make excellent energy sense.  Good introductory article about the 500 megaWatt ThorConIsle power barge.
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ThorCon "Nuclear Island" Barge


Twin 500 megaWatt ThorConIsles attached to shore.

Twin 500 megaWatt ThorConIsles attached to a reef perhaps 10 or more miles at sea for extreme isolation.


(Below) Other Power Plant Barges

Dual 40 mW Russian Floating Nuclear Power Station (FNPS) Acadmic Lomonosov nuclear power plant barge - Due to come on-line fall, 2017.

(Above) Russian Nuclear Barge from Chinese newspaper.

FNPS Acadmic Lomonosov will provide electricity, heat, and desalinated water to a Siberian mining community located on the Arctic Ocean shore.


Proposed Chinese National Nuclear Corporation nuclear power plant barge




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   Power Plant Barges


Power Plant Barges

3310_Boiler_Barge                     Convert existing large coastal coal burning power plant boilers to nuclear boilers

3320_Power_Plant_Barge        Preempting NEW large coastal coal power plant installations with inexpensive package nuclear plant barges

3321_Desalinator_Barge           Combination nuclear power plant + desalination barges set up to also provide flash desalinator heat

CNNC to construct Chinese prototype floating nuclear plant, other nuclear barge items


Scuttle worn out nuclear barges that still contain their radioactive nuclear waste? 

There are no radiation issues that would prevent the Sub-Seabed Solution from being used, only esthetic issues. 

Beaching nuclear barges on some extremely isolated uninhabited island would work just as well.


Nuclear Barges and Nuclear Waste Disposal

Mass production has always been the way to bring costs down and quality up. 

Everyone agrees the price of hand-made, non-standardized nuclear power plants has gone through the roof. 

We will need thousands to end Climate Change.  Thousands of reactor barges are the fastest route to ending Climate Change.

Mass production enabled Henry Ford to bring the cost of his "Model T" automobile down from $850 in 1909 to $240 in 1920.  And, by 1920, mass production innovations such as parts simplification and better tolerances made the Model T a much better automobile.

Mass Produced "Liberty" Ships.  441 ft. long, 14,474 tons, 10,000 ton carrying capacity, oil fueled triple expansion 2,500 hp steam engine.

  In addition to building several thousand fighting ships, the United States built 2,710 Liberty ships - a simple cargo ship - between 1941 and 1945.












A simple barge made of radiation stopping concrete is what is being suggested for nuclear power plants. 

80% of the world's population lives within 60 miles of an ocean, so, when you consider that an electrical transmission line is practical for up to 400 miles, a barge is a practical container for most power plants for most countries.

Mass produced in a shipyard anywhere, filled with a 30-year load of fuel and towed to a customer anywhere.  If it needs repair, it can be disconnected and towed to a repair shipyard equipped with repair robot gantry cranes immune to the reactor's radioactivity.

Barges for Converting Coal Power Plants to Nuclear
Converting large existing coal power plants to nuclear.  The Hook-Ons .pdf  Early coal to nuclear conversions.


Barges for Preempting New Large Coal Power Plants
Preempting new "stick-built" COAL power plants with shipyard mass produced NUCLEAR power plant barges.

A Panamax or smaller barge will pass through the Panama Canal.  This means it can be built anywhere in the world and used anywhere.
A St. Lawrence Seawaymax barge will access almost any river in the world used for barge transport.  Plenty of room for nuclear power.

Disposing of Used Radioactive Barges

Nuclear reactors make their heat by splitting large atoms into smaller atoms.  These smaller atoms are the reactor's NUCLEAR WASTE, are radioactive, and must be put somewhere where people can't get their hands on it - for millions of years for conventional reactors - for 300 years for the new fast reactors - in any case, until the nuclear waste looses all its radioactivity.

Scuttle radioactive worn out nuclear barges along with their radioactive nuclear waste?  Why not?

A better idea for nuclear waste than Yucca Mountain?: 

Beaching those decommissioned concrete reactor barges on some extremely isolated uninhabited island could work just as well.


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