Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nuclear Reactors Move to the Ocean Floor

Nuclear power may not be clean enough to be included in some studies about the feasibility of renewable energy, but some countries are so determined to get off fossil fuels in favor of nuclear power that they are studying how they can place nuclear reactors on the ocean floor.

Each nuclear reactor that would go on the ocean bed is pretty small, generating as little as 50 megawatts, enough energy to power about 37,000 American homes.

The nuclear reactors are being developed by the French naval defense company DCNS, which have dubbed their innovation the Flexblue. Preliminary studies that lasted two years showed that it is possible for Flexblue to produce anywhere from 50 to 250 megawatts of nuclear energy on the ocean floor.

Source:Discovery News

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