Call for support for LEGO nuclear power plant

03 February 2023

A LEGO fan has designed a model of a nuclear power plant - complete with features including a used fuel pool, control room, steam turbine and cooling system as well as the reactor and operators - and put it forward as a candidate for possible production by the LEGO Group.

BasAtHome's LEGO creation (Image: BasAtHome/LEGO Ideas)

The designer, identified only as BasAtHome, has submitted their creation on LEGO's Ideas platform for consideration as a potential future set for production by the Denmark-headquartered company. For this to happen, the prospective design must build a base of at least 10,000 supporters before being reviewed by the company and put into production.

"This LEGO supercritical water reactor can produce all the electricity you require for your LEGO City citizens," BasAtHome says in their description. "The reactor uses nuclear fission to generate heat, which boils steam until it becomes supercritical. It then uses this steam to generate electricity for your LEGO city. The reactor uses one cooling tower to provide cooling for the water used in the condensers. The reactor includes a spent fuel pool where you can store your used and unused fuel rods, a control room where your minifigures can control the reactor, a turbine building to generate the power and the reactor inside the reactor building itself.

"I built this reactor since I think nuclear energy is a very fascinating technology, and also since LEGO doesn't have many power plants yet.

"The build includes many features: it includes many of the important parts that you can find in any nuclear power plant such as a spent fuel pool, a control room, the steam turbine, a cooling system such as a cooling tower and of course the reactor itself!"

BasAtHome also proposes that the set - which would include 2995 pieces - should include five iconic LEGO minifigures to run the plant: two reactor operators, one security guard and two mechanics.

LEGO says it can take years for a fan-submitted creation to reach the review stage. BasAtHome's creation has already gained nearly 2000 supporters (as of 3 February). It must reach 5000 supporters within the next 177 days to reach the next milestone towards production.

Supporters can view BasAtHome's creation and vote for the set via the LEGO Ideas website.

Researched and written by World Nuclear News