- Dec 10, 2019 10:02 pm GMT
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We've got floating wind farms and solar farms. Now there's floating nuclear plants off the coast of Russia. Akademik Lomonosov will use small modular reactor technology and is equipped with two KLT-40C reactor systems with 35MW capacity each. It has been designed to access hard-to-reach areas where it can operate for three to five years without the need for refuelling. It also has an overall life cycle of 40 years, which may be extended to 50 years. It is mobile; hence, it can be transported to regions in need of electric power. But critics say that the plant has sacrificed some safety controls and technology in order to be portable, meaning that a potential spillage could have devastating consequences for the surrounding Arctic ocean.