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50,000 Ton Floating Power Station

ship as an emergency battery
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The Lebanon has no electricity! It's a catastrophe for everyone there in every way. I don't understand the complex reasons as to why the power supply has failed, but it seems to me that many thousands of small generators are hardly the answer, and a lot of people and businesses simply don't have them.

I propose converting a substantial ship into a floating emergency power supply that could be sent to places like Beirut to help out while repairs are made.

Ideally a mostly non-polluting nuclear engine would provide the power, but failing that, super efficient conventional generators would keep an array of batteries on standby charge ready for immediate use anywhere in the world at short notice. Cables and the other apparatus required to enable the supply to be plugged directly into any existing network would be carried on board.

The ship would be used to provide emergency power to an entire city during a period of catastrophe.

Also available as a zeppelin!

xenzag, Oct 10 2021

Floating Small Modular Reactor https://world-nucle...ating-plant-to-grid
[Frankx, Oct 10 2021]

Ah yes, here we are: I_20Got_20Your_20Nu...ctor_20Right_20Here
Your competitor turns out to be [theircompetitor] [pertinax, Oct 10 2021]

What happened - still happening - in Lebanon https://www.bbc.com...iddle-east-58861477
Shipping in a power plant won’t fix it [a1, Oct 10 2021]

Powership https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powership
[LimpNotes, Oct 10 2021]

Nuclear Reactor Boats I_20Got_20Your_20Nu...ctor_20Right_20Here
[theircompetitor, Oct 10 2021]

Nuclear-powered Airships https://saemobilus....org/content/600278/
- but not aerial power stations [Frankx, Oct 11 2021]

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       A really good idea - floating Small Modular Reactors are a thing: [link] for a Russian one - Akademik Lomonosov (21,000 tonnes, 35Mw). But new technology. Reactor designed to burn up and be replaced, rather than refuelled.   

       There are obvious challenges with nuclear security though, and still waste issue to resolve.
Frankx, Oct 10 2021

       I love the sentiment, [xenzag], but I'm pretty sure the actual idea has been done here before.
pertinax, Oct 10 2021

       Apart from the emergency deployment.... but clearly baked, though I can't imagine Russia doing anything to help any other country except themselves.
xenzag, Oct 10 2021

       As for Lebanon - shipping in a power plant won’t help without a nationwide power grid.
a1, Oct 10 2021

       yeah, had this idea in 2005
theircompetitor, Oct 10 2021

       [-] because it’s worse than WKTE … it’s a perennial: An idea that’s been in use longer than most people have been alive, but repeatedly posted as if it were new.
a1, Oct 10 2021

       In that case I'll keep it to wind you up and for no other reason.
xenzag, Oct 10 2021

       Sure, whatever floats your boat. Post it again next week for a power crisis in another part of the world.
a1, Oct 10 2021

       What [a1] would have said if he were more hotheaded.
Voice, Oct 10 2021

       If I were MORE hotheaded? Could we tap that as a power source?
a1, Oct 10 2021

       This gets even better and better.
xenzag, Oct 10 2021

       I'm going to gazump this idea with a 49,990 ton Floating Power Station.
AusCan531, Oct 11 2021

       And our committee concludes that the exponentially-rapid posting of the same halfbakery idea with the number incremented or decremented by one over the course of the following 24 hours was the ultimate cause of the collapse of the internet and so consequentially the end of Western civilisation and the death of over 90% of human beings.
pocmloc, Oct 11 2021

       //end of Western civilisation and the death of over 90% of human beings.//

LimpNotes, Oct 11 2021

       You've just turned yourself into 8th. Well done!
xenzag, Oct 11 2021

       If this were in the form of a zeppelin, I'd be very hard pressed not to give it a [+]
zen_tom, Oct 11 2021

       Behold a zeppelin joins the aquatic version.
xenzag, Oct 11 2021

       // zeppelin //   

       That should please the hydrogen-energy crowd.
a1, Oct 11 2021

       OK, truly halfbaked. A nuclear power station airship that can be deployed to crisis zones for emergency power. Flies in and tethers over a power distribution point.   

       No-one's done it before, though there were some ideas for nuclear-powered airships in the 50's/60's [link]   

       Technically possible.   

       I have some safety concerns. [+]
Frankx, Oct 11 2021

       If it were fusion powered, it would generate its own helium for lift?
pocmloc, Oct 11 2021


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