A new floating nuclear power plant concept has been put forward by US university MIT based an offshore platform similar to those used by the oil industry.
The only floating nuclear power plant today is the Akademik Lomonosov, under construction in Russia, where two 35 MWe reactors similar to those used to propel ships are being mounted on a barge to be moored at a harbour. The concept from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) differs in that researchers propose a reactor of 200 MWe or more mounted in the centre of a floating cylindrical platform positioned around ten kilometres out to sea.
|How the platform could look, inside and out (Click to enlarge)
(Image: Jake Jurewicz / MIT-NSE)