Yes, you read correctly. Floating nuclear water desalination, and it is one of many proposed solutions to the coming water crisis. These reviews on Earthtimes and C-Net delve into a few details about this type of project, but essentially the concept is to harness excess heat produced in the nuclear process to run desalination plants (while the whole contraption floats in the ocean).
Immediately, many problems arise in my mind as I evaluate this concept:
- What about the contamination of water supplies with radioactivity?
- Nuclear power plants are not environmentally sustainable. Should we even continue to utilize nuclear energy?
- Is it wise to locate nuclear power plants in the ocean on a floating device? What about emergencies or the collapse of the structure? Would that mean drifting nuclear contamination?
- Is a floating nuclear reactor in the middle of the ocean a secure place for nuclear materials? Would there be a circle of submarines acting as security for this sudo-building?
These are just a few of my questions, and I am sure that you can come up with many more.
Not an actual nuclear desalination plant, for illustrative purposes only. Photo gimped by Moon.