Chernobyl nuclear accident, Soviet Union

Abandoned City or Prypiat,
Chernobyl nuclear accident

Chernobyl control room.
Before the nuclear accident

Current status of the control room.
Chernobyl nuclear accident

Solar Energy Plant in Chernobyl

Solar Energy Plant in Chernobyl

After years of neglect of the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear plant, it may be given a new use as the Ukrainian authorities are considering turning it into a huge solar power plant.

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant suffered the worst nuclear accident in history when in 1985 exploded the core of its reactor No. 4. The severity of the accident along with mismanagement after the accident, generated a lot of contaminated area and consequently, abandoned.

Now, 30 years later, it is considering giving a new utility: it is turn the area into a plant of photovoltaic solar energy, solar thermal energy and biogas generation. It would be the world's largest solar power plant.

The new solar plant would generate a third of the electrical power generated by the Chernobyl nuclear power plant over 30 years.

Feasibility of solar power plant of Chernobyl

The situation is very good for this purpose since the generation of renewable energy in this area is cheap and plentiful. The intensity of the sunlight it receives is similar to southern Germany, one of the largest producers of solar energy in the world.

In addition, the network infrastructure and high-voltage power lines needed to supply electricity to the national grid remained intact after the crash.

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Last review: August 5, 2016