How to Use a Sodium Electron for Energy Sources
Bloomberg article –The U.S. has been experimenting with sodium atoms for energy production and energy storage for more than a century.
But now the U.K. has launched its first sodium atom production plant and it could soon become the first in the world.
The plant, located in the Ust-Hannibal region of the Ussuri District of Romania, is the world’s first large-scale sodium atom facility, according to David Burt, managing director of Energen Energy, which is building the plant.
The Ust Hannibal plant is being built by EnerGen Energy, a subsidiary of the British-based company, Energent Energy.
It will produce 20 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of sodium per year.
That’s enough to power about 300,000 homes, according Burt.
The Ust Carthage sodium plant is expected to produce about 5 million kWh per year, the company said in a statement.
The sodium plant will be the first of its kind in the European Union, according the company.
It is part of the larger European Energy Union project to develop new energy technologies, such as solar, wind and hydrogen, as well as to make nuclear power more cost-effective.
Burt said the plant will generate about 8,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity annually, which would produce about 1,600 megawatts of energy, enough to supply a large portion of the energy needs of a city of about 6 million people.