Northern lights? (or the glow from a reactor meltdown)



Having a nuclear reactor on board a ship is not a new idea. Having a pair of Russian nuclear reactors on a barge in the Arctic Region is kind of novel however. I have been watching with interest the progress of the Akademik Lomonosov for a short while now and intrigued by the possibilities it brings. Also the potential dangers.

Here is a short explanation from an article written in ars Technica in April of 2018.

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – APRIL 28, 2018: The Akademik Lomonosov, a barge containing two nuclear reactors, leaves St Petersburg; the Akademik Lomonosov, which has been built at Baltic Shipyard for a nuclear power station in the town of Pevek in Russia’s far north, is to be towed from the Baltic Sea to an Atomflot base in Murmansk on Russia’s Barents Sea coast to be loaded with nuclear fuel. Anton Vaganov/TASS (Photo by Anton VaganovTASS…

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