We all know the story of Chernobyl nuclear plant, it was the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, which took place on 26 April 1986. Thirty-one people died immediately, 50 emergency workers died soon after from acute radiation syndrome and according to research reported by the Chernobyl Forum 4,000 cases of related thyroid cancer were diagnosed between 1992–2002 and will almost inevitably lead to 1000s of fatalities from cancer and leukaemia.
The ground and area around the plant is a no-go zone and is still considered to be dangerous and unsuitable for house building by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). However, out of the ashes of this appalling catastrophe the renewable energy industry is seeing a potential for good.
Earlier last week, the Ukrainian Government claimed that more than 1,400MW in renewable energy could be generated across 6,000 hectares of Chernobyl’s 1,000 sq km exclusion zone. This will mainly be from solar power (1,000MW).
Biogas and combined heat and power (CHP) could also be utilised on-site and the EBRD has already indicated that it is prepared to fund part of the energy plan.
This would be a tremendous use for the scarred landscape and send a positive message that renewable energy is the safe and environmental friendly way forward for the world’s energy production.