How could we make the best out of the Chernobyl disaster?
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- In 2016, local authorities decided to use the close perimeter around a plant as a nuclear dump
- In 2018, high interest in building a solar power plants was initiated due to the availability of land and an easy access to transmission lines previously used by the nuclear power plant
- They even produced a vodka with the grain and water from the exclusion zone and it was evidently radiation-free, giving hope for economical recovery of the area
- What other creative uses of radiation can we think of?
- What can the area be use for, that it doesn't require a radiation-free environment?
- Can we think of a cool way to use this disastrous, but specific conditions?
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Farming the "radioactivity-eating" fungi and using them as a biofuel and radioactivity shield
- a system that absorbs and reduces the radioactivity levels in the surrounding area
- biomass that can be turned into biofuel
- Radiotrophic fungi were discovered in Chernobyl
- They are easy to farm
- They can grow huge in biomass which can be used for biofuel (sustainability)
- They can absorb radioactivity and serve as a Chernobyl powerplant shield (radioactivity buffer)
500 times higher than in the normal environment