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PostPosted: Jan 20, 2018 7:20 pm 
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What is the cost per MWhr?


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PostPosted: Jan 20, 2018 7:23 pm 
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Cost per MWh is so dependant on interest rates and such as to be useless.

I would prefer the capital cost per kWe and the operating cost per kWh (fuel and maintenance)


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PostPosted: Jan 23, 2018 11:05 pm 
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It could be useful for disaster relief work. The big daddy of diesel plants.


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PostPosted: Apr 29, 2018 4:32 pm 
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Russia's floating nuclear plant heads out to sea

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The floating plant, the Akademik Lomonosov, was towed out of the St Petersburg shipyard where it was constructed on Saturday. It is to be pulled through the Baltic Sea and around the Norwegian coast to Murmansk, a city of 300,000 people, where its reactors are to be loaded with nuclear fuel. The Lomonosov is to be put into service in 2019 in the Arctic off the coast of Chukotka in the far northeast, providing power for a port town and for oil rigs. Rosatom, the state-owned atomic energy corporation, is the owner of the nuclear power plant. The website of OKBM Afrikantov, the power equipment company responsible for the design of the reactors and other elements, lists the project as a "pilot design". The vessel will have at least two nuclear reactors, according to World Nuclear News, of a type that are similar to those used on Russian nuclear-powered ice breakers. Unlike a normal ship, however, the Lomonosov is unable to move itself and relies on tugs. Several more floating plants are likely to be constructed if the Lomonosov is successful.


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PostPosted: May 02, 2018 12:14 pm 
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It is the beginning of portable nuclear power.


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PostPosted: May 06, 2018 8:57 pm 
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Apparently there was some moaning and groaning over fuel loading at the fit-out shipyard, thus the initial tow to Murmansk.


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PostPosted: May 07, 2018 6:50 am 
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If they can really deliver plants for $5000/kWh....

Although I imagine a naval reactor's fuel costs will be enormous given the small core size and terrible neutron economy


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PostPosted: May 09, 2018 11:55 pm 
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There is so much fissile material lying around in used nuclear fuel that it’s conversion to reactor fuel is a service more than the expense. The politics has created so much of nimby feeling that land for nuclear power is a matter of snatching it from opponents that floating platform is a reasonable effort. The floating nuclear plants need to be welcomed.


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