Floating Nuclear Power Plant Concept Revisited

Floating Nuclear Power Plant Concept Revisited
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Imagine, off the coast of New Jersey, man-made islands of steel, moored in the ocean, housing miniature nuclear reactors.

It's something that Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. and Westinghouse Electric tried to pull off nearly 50 years ago.

Confronted with rising costs and limited land to build on, the companies planned to build nuclear power plants at a shipyard in Florida and then float them up to the New Jersey coast. The project failed primarily because the 1970s energy crisis weakened local demand for power.

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