7 things to know about the world’s first, floating nuclear reactor


7 things to know about the world’s first, floating nuclear reactor

The world’s first floating nuclear reactor Akademik Lomonosov recently completed its epic 5,000 km Arctic voyage in 22 days, despite environmentalists warning of serious risks to the region. Loaded with nuclear fuel, it set sail from Murmansk and docked at its permanent location in Pevek, in Russia’s Far East. Here’s a closer look at the floating marvel:

1. Akademik Lomonosov was named after 18th century Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov.

2. The 21-tonne, 144-metre (470 ft) long and 30-metre wide platform, which is designed to meet the energy needs of remote communities, was towed into Pevek by a clutch of vessels.

3. Developed by Rosatom nuclear agency, the Akademik Lomonosov is scheduled to start operating by this year-end once connected to the local electricity grid. Once operational, it will become the world’s northern-most nuclear installation. Read more

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