CZECHIA - Nuclear Heating Plant Developed

Arno Froese

A team of scientists has come up with a radical solution to heat cities using spent nuclear rods, which they say is cost-effective and greener than natural gas. As the EU moves away from coal, many are interested.

Researchers at the Czech Technical University in Prague and the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen have come up with an innovative solution: the Teplator, a system which uses the radioactive decay heat produced by spent fuel rods from nuclear reactors to heat water. The team, led by Radek Skoda, has already been granted a patent for the concept and design of what it says is a very cost-effective alternative to coal and gas-powered plants.

The simplest version of the Teplator has been designed to operate at normal atmospheric pressure and at a temperature of 100 degrees Celsius (212 Fahrenheit), requiring fewer complicated technical solutions and materials.

The Teplator design is still awaiting the proper permits, but the team is searching for a site to build a first plant. “We are surprised by the positive reaction,” said Skoda. “This is probably due to the fact that the acceptance of nuclear energy is quite high in the Czech Republic,” he said.

Unlike in Germany and Austria, there is indeed very little resistance to nuclear energy in the Czech Republic.

However, Petr Kučera, a spokesman for the Czech Green Party, said the Teplator has two problems. “One is that it is a new technology where there is no experience with its operation,” he said. “Another problem may be the decentralization of the use of hazardous nuclear material. Instead of the current two nuclear power plants, it could be in dozens of places throughout the Czech Republic.”

Still, Skoda hopes the first Teplator in the Czech Republic will be up and running by 2028. But he fears it will take longer to convince other EU countries, where nuclear energy is less popular.

Evzen Tosenovsky, a European lawmaker from the conservative Civic Democratic Party in the Czech Republic, told DW that he would promote the forward-thinking project in Brussels., 7 April 2021

Arno's Commentary

Environmentalism has targeted energy, such as coal, oil, and gas, as being the main perpetrator contributing to global warming. Now Czech scientists have found a less polluting potential energy source from spent nuclear fuel rods. One is almost led to ask, “What else is new?” Virtually on a daily basis, somebody somewhere is coming up with a new technological achievement to improve the quality of life of people everywhere.

If successful, this new revolutionary system will go global.

The wisest man ever, who attained amazing earthly glory, had this to say: “I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered. I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow” (Ecclesiastes 1:12-18).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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