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RE: [cdn-nucl-l] Russia to Create World's First Floating Nuclear Power Plant
Maybe this is a case of Russian being difficult to
translate. I recall a story I heard about (I believe) one of the first
computerized translators that would translate English to Russian, and vice
versa. One of the phrases they tested on it was an old saying whose exact
form escapes me, but it was something like "The spirit is willing but the body
is weak". The translation to Russian worked, but when they tested the
Russian to English, they got back "The vodka is good but the meat is spoiled" or
something to that effect.
Just an idea...
I guess it would be too much to expect a publication
that uses such terminology as 70 MW per hour and which credits nuclear power
with a 39 per cent energy market share in America to get all its facts
The first floating nuclear power plant - if you discount
ships that actually go places, was the Sturgis, a Liberty ship converted to a
floating power station in a US Army program.
Sturgis supplied 10 MW of
electricity (I guess you could call that 10 MW-hours per hour) to the Panama
Canal to operate locks and pumps from 1968 - 1975.
You can read about
Sturgis at http://www.atomicinsights.com/aug96/MH-1A.html.
I wish the
Russians well; they will be building the right kind of plant for the remote
regions that they need to server. They will not, however be able to claim
credit as the first floating nuclear power stations.