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Video: Floating design for nuclear plants that could withstand earthquakes and tsunamis


A team of engineers has revealed their plans for ocean-based reactors. The plants would be several miles offshore and would use water as coolant. Modern-day nuclear power plants face two major issues: threats from natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, and finding available real estate near a body of water that could be used for cooling. A concept being presented at the Small Modular Reactors Symposium this week in Washington, DC could solve both of those problems. According to experts from MIT, the University of Wisconsin, and nuclear plant construction company Chicago Bridge and Iron, a floating nuclear power plant located out in the open ocean could mitigate threats from natural disasters, as well as real estate concerns. Credit: Youtube/Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

 

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