Chapter 2: Advanced Nuclear Energy, The Sub-Seabed Solution
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The Sub-Seabed Solution
70 percent of the planet is covered by water, 80 percent of the world's population lives on or near a coast.

The entire world of nuclear energy has bungled the issue of nuclear waste.  Here is a better idea:

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

Decommissioning Costs:

When no longer needed, the barge would be removed and taken to a sub-seabed disposal site 600 miles North of Hawaii, leaving no radioactivity behind at the customer's power plant site.  The nuclear power plant barge's radioactive equipment like worn-out reactor cores and coolant pumps would end up buried in the deep disposal site's peanut butter-like soft mud.  The disposal site is hundreds of meters thick so eventually the barge would would sink to the solid seabed strata at the bottom of the mud.

The really neat thing about this is that worn-out nuclear barges can be used to entomb everyone else's nuclear waste at the same time (for a modest fee).  Just add nuclear waste containers and pour in nuclear grade concrete.

Beyond technical and political considerations, the London Convention places prohibitions on disposing of radioactive materials at sea and does not make a distinction between waste dumped directly into the water and waste that is buried underneath the ocean's floor.

It remains in force until 2018, after which the sub-seabed disposal option can be revisited at 25-year intervals.

Russian Floating Nuclear Power Station (FNPS) Acadmic Lomonosov nuclear power plant barge - Due to come on-line fall, 2016.

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

(Above) Russian Nuclear Barge from Chinese newspaper.



Proposed Chinese National Nuclear Corporation nuclear power plant barge



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