Monday, November 22, 2010

Lloyds List, Hyperion Power, Enterprise Shipping to Explore Nuclear Propulsion for Commercial Shipping

From NuclearStreet:
Consortium Researching Hyperion’s Small Modular Reactors for Ship Propulsion System 

A consortium of British, American and Greek interests have agreed to investigate the practical maritime applications for small modular reactors as commercial tanker-owners search for new designs that could deliver safer, cleaner and commercially viable forms of propulsion for the global fleet.  
The Strategic Research Group at Lloyd's Register, Hyperion Power Generation Inc, British designer BMT Nigel Gee and Greek ship operator Enterprises Shipping and Trading SA are to lead the research into nuclear propulsion, which they believe is technically feasible and has the potential to drastically reduce the CO2 emissions caused by commercial shipping.
"This a very exciting project," said Lloyd’s Register CEO, Richard Sadler. "We believe that as society recognizes the limited choices available in the low-carbon, oil-scarce economy -- and as land-based nuclear plants become common place -- we will see nuclear ships on specific trade routes sooner than many people currently anticipate."
The agreement for the joint industry project was signed today at the offices of Enterprises Shipping and Trading in Athens, Greece. 

Enterprises’ Victor Restis said: “Despite the fact that shipping contributes much less to the world’s atmospheric pollution than other shore-based industries, we believe that no effort is too great when it comes to safeguarding a better world for future generations. We are extremely honored and proud to be part of this consortium at this historic event, as we strongly believe that alternative power generation is the answer for shipping transportation.” 

The consortium believes that SMRs, with a thermal power output of more than 68 megawatts, have the potential to be used as a plug-in nuclear 'battery'. 

The research is intended to produce a concept tanker-ship design based on conventional and 'modular' concepts. Special attention will be paid to analysis of a vessel's lifecycle cost as well as to hull-form designs and structural layout, including grounding and collision protection. Hyperion Power Module
“We are enthusiastic about participating in the historic opportunity presented by this truly groundbreaking consortium," said John R. 'Grizz' Deal, the CEO of Hyperion Power. “In addition to fitting the basic requirements as the model for studying the application of SMRs in commercial naval propulsion, the Hyperion Power Module [HPM] can also help to set new nuclear maritime standards. The HPM’s design includes a non-pressurized vessel, and non-reactive coolant. These features, among others in the HPM, should encourage the industry to strive for even higher levels of inherent safety in their models.”...MORE
Here's the joint press release (2 page PDF):
Shipping and power experts join forces to explore the potential for nuclear power to propel future generations of commercial tankers
Sep. 30, 2010
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