The Ukrainian government hopes to turn the wasteland that is Chernobyl into a 60 km2 solar energy park. If the plans are successful, it could generate 1400MW of power. This is a third of what the nuclear power plant could distribute before its meltdown.
How does this benefit me?
The fallout from the Chernobyl disaster was huge. The World Nuclear Association states that 220,000 people from three different countries had to evacuate. It wasn’t just nearby countries that were impacted. This map shows the deposition of radiation across Europe following this disaster. (De Cort et al).
That’s pretty scary. So, why risk it?
Why not leave a legacy which shows future humans that we do not need nuclear power and we can instead use renewable energy sources such as solar power which do not damage the environment at all?
You will be able to sleep at night knowing that you don’t have to worry about the next nuclear catastrophe.
How could I do such a thing?
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has tentatively signed on for funding responsibilities. The EBRD has had previous experience with Chernobyl as it helped build the $500 million sarcophagus which covered the fourth nuclear reactor – limiting radioactive exposure.
It is currently taking feedback on its proposals. Click here to have your say on Chernobyl potentially becoming a solar farm!
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