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Monday, June 21, 2021

Copenhagen startup Seaborg Technologies has raised an eight-figure sum of Euros to start building a fascinating new type of cheap, portable, flexible and super-safe nuclear reactor. The size of a shipping container, these Compact Molten Salt Reactors will be rapidly mass-manufactured in their thousands, then placed on floating barges to be deployed worldwide " on timelines that will smash paradigms in the energy industry.

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I honestly don't have the mental strength to read the rest of the article. I'm thinking a bottle of spiced white rum and maybe I can read the second paragraph.

Go for it guys, tell me what it says.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-06-21 04:50 AM | Reply

The most important thing I learned playing Call of Cthulhu? Hire someone else to read it.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-06-21 04:52 AM | Reply

They're gonna need a longer extension cord.

#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-06-21 03:18 PM | Reply

So you build a floating nuclear reactor set up a bitcoin mining rig on it and you have a Bitcoin mine in international waters?

Of course thanks to corrosion you also have a hunk of radioactive rock at the bottom of the ocean in 25 or so years.

I can't possibly think of a downside to having thousands of radioactive rocks in the ocean in 25 years. I mean maybe a complete breakdown of the food chain or total contamination of the water supply, but hey unlimited cheap power until then. I'm sure my grandkids will have figured out how to live without food or clean water by then right?

#4 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2021-06-21 03:43 PM | Reply

@#4 ... o you build a floating nuclear reactor set up a bitcoin mining rig on it and you have a Bitcoin mine in international waters? ...

Don't forget the need to tap into a trans-oceanic fiber optic cable for network connectivity...

But to the point of the article... the move towards mass-produced reactors is a good one. To date, each has been built to spec, i.e., each is unique, each with unique problems.

Moving more towards some manner of modular mass-production will make it easier to find and resolve design and operational problems.

The other aspect of this that is interesting is the size. Maybe more local power generation?

Of course, probably a reason for the "floating" aspect is the access to nearly unlimited cooling water. But what effect will that have upon the temperature of the oceans, already heated up by climate change?

Interesting concept, bears further exploration...


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-21 06:43 PM | Reply

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