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December 8, 2010

What can one pound of uranium do?

December 8, 2010
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Rod Adams at Atomic Insights Blog posted this video of a massive nuclear ship, the 50 Years Since Victory.  This icebreaker pushes through frozen waters via two nuclear generators, giving the ship a 70,000 horsepower kick.  What’s amazing is a ship this large only requires one pound of uranium per day to operate.  That’s some serious energy density.

Here is Adams’ take:

A friend just shared a link to this video of a Russian nuclear powered ice breaker speeding to the North Pole at 16 knots, using 1 pound of uranium per day to drive a 25,000 tons ship through pack ice. Displays of power like this should help people understand just why nuclear energy is so darned interesting. It is a reliable source of controllable power that humans can use for accomplishing beneficial tasks that are simply not possible with weak and unreliable power sources.

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