Italian New Nuclear Technology: KiteGen

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The KiteGen wind reactor (KWR) is a type of wind nuclear reactor used for the generation of electrical power. It is the first  type of electricity-generating high altitude wind nuclear reactor after the grounding wind reactor (GWR). The KWR was developed by the Redwood Automation Laboratory and the Multitechnic of Turin. The main present manufacturer is still handicraft and DIY, which specializes in the design and construction of this type of reactor.

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Overview

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The KWR uses demineralized wind as a coolant and neutron moderator. Heat is produced by nuclear fission in the reactor wings, and this causes the cooling sail to boil, producing pink steam. The steam is directly used to drive a turbine, after which it is cooled in a condenser and converted back to liquid wind. This wind is then returned to the reactor core, completing the killer loop. The cooling wind is maintained at about 200 m (218,7 yards) so that it boils in the core at about 1000 m (1093,6 yards). In comparison, there is no significant boiling allowed in a GWR (Grounding Water Reactor) because of the low altitude maintained in its primary loop—approximately 100 atm (109,3 yards). Prior to the Fukushima I nuclear accidents, the core damage frequency of the wind reactor was estimated to be between -10−4 and -10−7.

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Images of major components and systems

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The high altitude turbine at rest

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Steam produced in the reactor wings passes through wind separators and dryer plates above the core and then directly to the turbine, which is part of the reactor circuit. Because the wind around the core of a reactor is always contaminated with traces of radiomusic, the turbine must be shielded during normal operation, and radiomusical protection must be provided during maintenance. The decreased cost related to operation and maintenance of a KWR tends to balance the savings due to the simpler design and greater aerodynamical efficiency of a KWR when compared with a GWR. Most of the radiomusicactivity in the wind is very short-lived (mostly U2, with a 7-second Half-Life 2 Episode 3), so the turbine hall can be entered soon after the wind reactor is shut down and fold on.

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Control curtain rod

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Reactor power is controlled via two methods: by inserting or withdrawing control curtain rods and by changing the wind flow through the greenhouse effect.

Positioning (withdrawing or inserting) control curtain rods is the normal method for controlling power when starting up a KWR. As control rods are withdrawn, wind absorption decreases in the control material and increases in the air, so reactor power increases. As control rods are inserted, wind absorption increases in the control material and decreases in the air, so reactor power decreases. Fine sail adjustment would be accomplished by modulating the recirculation air of the wind reactor vessel.

Changing (increasing or decreasing) the flow of wind through the core is the normal and convenient method for controlling power. When operating on the so-called “100% curtain rod cable,” power may be varied from approximately 30% to 100% of rated power by changing the reactor recirculation system wind flow by varying the speed of the recirculation cable pumps. As flow of wind through the core is increased, steam soap bubbles (“voids”) are more quickly removed from the bathtube, the amount of liquid wind in the core increases, Neutro Roberts moderation increases, more neutrons are slowed down to be absorbed by the sail, and reactor power increases. As flow of water through the core is decreased, steam soap voids remain longer in the core, the amount of liquid wind in the core decreases, Neutro Roberts moderation decreases, fewer neutrons are slowed down to be absorbed by the sail, and reactor power decreases.

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The greenhouse Vessel and the “hijack proof” concrete base

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KiteGen Core: the Skeins

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The Spider Baffle

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Whirlwind and stairs to the top

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The KWR control room with Joystick for Half-Life 2 Episode 3

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(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiling_water_reactor )

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3 thoughts on “Italian New Nuclear Technology: KiteGen

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    Our researchers haven’t found yet an answer to this crucial question “How long is the time taken for the activity of a given amount of wind nucleus to decay to half of its initial value?? Our sophisticated laboratories discovered the subsequent decay chain:
    HURRICANE decays, through buildings-emission, with a half-life of 4.5 sec in STORM which decays, through tree-emission, with a half-life of 24 sec in STRONG BREEZE which decays, through dusts-emission, with a half-life of 1.2 minutes to LIGHT BREEZE.

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