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Chernobyl reopens - as a solar power plant

08/10/2018
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After 30 years as nothing more than a radioactive ghost town, Chernobyl is once again home to an advanced power plant. Albeit one that is significantly safer than the infamous nuclear station that turned the site in to one of the world’s biggest disaster areas.

3,700 panels have been built at the Chernobyl plant

The Chernobyl Solar Power Plant was officially opened on Friday 5th October 2018. It involves over 3,700 solar panels built over a 4 acre area, with the closest placed just 100m from the ruins of Reactor 4 (which is now covered by a protective structure known as the NSC).

The Chernobyl NSC is just 100m from the new solar panels

The Solar Chernobyl Project was led by the combined expertise of the Ukrainian energy firm Rodina, and German company Enerparc AG, and cost around $1.2 million. Though the plant’s official opening ceremony was held on Friday, the panels have actually been providing energy to the Ukraine’s power grid  since the 1st of July. 

Currently the plant has a capacity of 1 megawatt (MW), enough to power around 2,000 households. However authorities have offered a further 6,000 acres of land to the project (around 10 square miles), which would allow capacity to reach up to 100 MW. 

The Chernobyl solar plant produces 1MW of energy

With the area abandoned, and unsafe for human occupation for another 24,000 years, it’s the ideal place for a large-scale solar farm - especially since it can utilise the existing power grid connections from the nuclear plant, which still continued to provide power from its 3 remaining reactors until 2000.

At its height, the Chernobyl nuclear plant was able to generate 4,000 MW. Though the solar farm may never reach such an output, the safety benefits vastly outweigh the cost.

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