posted on Apr, 1 2013 @ 03:59 AM
I have no great links to provide nor did I know where to put these thoughts.
Looking at US naval reactors the A4W LINK
The only ships to use these nuclear reactors are the Nimitz class supercarriers, which have two reactors each rated at 550 MWth.
The new A1B reactor LINK
The new A1B reactor plant is a smaller, more efficient design that provides approximately three times the electrical power of the Nimitz-class A4W
Now then. Imagine a heavily armored ship, even with a few defensive weapon systems. Imagine the ship is well built but its primary purpose is as a
power generation plant. It has emergency quick release system on the power cables that tether it to the land. It is positioned in a purpose built
dock, like a sub pen with sea doors. It is always pointing out to sea and has electric motors that move it quickly through the seas.
Now imagine a fleet of these. Providing power along the coast of a country.
As they sit on the ocean, they are immune to earthquake damage. In the situation of an approaching tsunami or volcanic eruption, they release the
power cables, open the sea doors of the dock and apply the electric energy directly to their engines heading straight out to sea where they can ride
the tsunami wave as any large ship can or escape the destruction of the volcano as the case may be.
Hurricanes, no problem! Either ride it out in their special dock, or head out to open sea before the hurricane arrives. Remember there would be a
fleet of these along the coast each feeding into the national power grid. If one leaves the others take up the load.
Imagine a dry dock in only one or two places on the planet where these ships are serviced every 10 or 20 years with spare ships to replace those being
Don't give the construction to private enterprise, give it to say the countries Military where corners will not be cut.
Lastly, I provided two reactors that have proven to be safe but Thorium or some other new even safer type can be used.
The general question I suppose is why would you build a reactor on land. You simply don't have to. In the long run, it is not cheaper as Japan has