THE SOVIET ATOMIC POWER PROGRAM: LARGE OR SMALL,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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At the Twentieth Party Congress in January, 1956, a directive was given to build atomic power plants with a total capacity of 2,000,000 kw to 2,500,000 kw in 1956-1960. When this order was published, observers in the West naturally questioned whether total referred to the rated thermal or electrical capacity of the atomic power stations. The United States and British programs have been publicized in terms of how much electricity or useful power will be produced rather than what the total heat capacity of the power reactors might be. The latter figure would be more than three times the electrical rating, depending on the thermodynamic efficiency of the system. The dangers inherent in utilizing this ambiguous Soviet data are discussed.