This Week’s Theme: Rare
This is a Rare shot for two reasons. One, there are not a lot of pictures of the inside of the container building in a Nuclear Reactor. Two, the chance NOW to even be in this room is rare, not that it wasn’t when I was there in 2001.
What you are looking at is the covered opening of where the nuclear fuel would be stored if this nuclear reactor was fully operational. Bellefonte was a nuclear facility that was about 90% complete before they stopped production on it.
My wife was an employee for TVA for a number of years, when her and her team went on this tour, I was excited to be able to participate. After all I have a nuclear engineering degree (don’t worry I don’t wear a pocket protector) and this was a chance to tour a nuclear plant and be in normal clothes.
Where this an active nuclear power plant, I would have not been in shorts, I would also have been in a rather significant radiation field as well. Also, the silver covering would have been removed, fuel been inserted and a dome covering on top would be there to collect the super compressed hot water. In very simple terms, the goal of a coal plant or a nuclear plant is to boil water somehow to turn a turbine, it’s just different scenarios.
That’s pretty wild, T!
ok, this is not a photo, it’s a video. To put a smile on your face, go to my blog and click on the video link under my April 27 post. It is absolutely hilarious, and really makes you wonder why we do this crazy stuff!
I used to nap in the RC underneath the pressurizer. Nice, warm and toasty. 😉
That’s neat! 90% complete and then stopped? I’m glad I didn’t pay for that. Probably enviromental concerns? Great shot!
That is an awesome picture.