Autonomous multi-purpose floating power system with a compact static pebble bed reactor Conference Paper uri icon


  • The paper introduces a new concept of an autonomous multipurpose system with a compact static-bed pebble bed reactor as a power source. The system is envisioned as a small floating power complex in which a compact high-efficiency nuclear system provides the source of energy for a variety of industrial processes. It offers the near-term (with a conventional power source) and long-term (with a compact high-efficiency nuclear system) technologies for a low cost electricity/potable water supply compared to traditional systems for regions where local communities are isolated and do not have extensive industrial infrastructure and distribution networks. The complex can be quickly installed anywhere following demands and needs of local communities - coastal regions and islands. The reactor design and system layout, balance-of-plant evaluations, performance characteristics and deployment strategies are discussed.

published proceedings

  • International Conference on the Physics of Reactors 2008, PHYSOR 08

author list (cited authors)

  • Tsvetkov, P., Vierow, K., Peddicord, K., Ragusa, J., McDeavitt, S., Poston, J., Shao, L., & Willems, G.

complete list of authors

  • Tsvetkov, P||Vierow, K||Peddicord, K||Ragusa, J||McDeavitt, S||Poston, J||Shao, L||Willems, G

publication date

  • December 2008