For a sensible air cooled heatsink, what is the maximum wattage a nuclear reactor could be?
I believe the Palo Verde units use air cooled condensers. They are in the middle of the desert in Arizona, west of Phoenix. Each unit is 3800 MWt, and they have to reject ~ 0.66 of the thermal energy directly to the environment.Interesting, so what about for a mobile application on land, where access to water is nonexistent?
Palo Verde has 'regular' condensers rejecting heat via wet (forced draft) cooling towers. The make-up to the towers is waste water from Phoenix, piped out to the site.I believe the Palo Verde units use air cooled condensers. They are in the middle of the desert in Arizona, west of Phoenix...
There is the shielding and containment as well.
Consider the size of a 40 MW gas turbine, and whether or not that would be mobile. Or consider the size of a 4400 HP (3.3 MW) diesel electric locomotive.