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2022-03-24 Myth: Nuclear Power Is The Only Way to Meet Deadlines

@LordOfNihil Said “[solar panels] won’t meet the energy needs for everyone on the planet, only those who can afford solar panels.” That’s absurd. The used solar panels with “only 80%” are being resold to developing countries where farmers buy them to run the pumps to pump well water for their crops. Anyone can afford the

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2022-03-18 Portable Micro Reactor Develops ~1 MW Electric

This portable microreactor seems a bit unrealistic. The nuclear reaction – more than 3 million watts thermal – puts out a lot of radioactivity. A reactor can’t be placed in an inhabited area without shielding. I suppose they would put the reactor several meters underground where the ground would shield the radiation from living things.

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2022-03-07 Nuclear Fusion Is A Waste, In My Opinion

There are other videos on YouTube besides JHAT. There is one from Tech for Luddites that states that obtaining a supply of tritium is the problem. Another video by a nuclear physicist says that the ITER **research** project ends in 2040 and another even more expensive project will then go to 2060, which by then

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2022-02-25 SMR “Too Late, Too Risky” – Report

A quote from this IEEFA report: << The small modular reactor (SMR) that Oregon-based NuScale Power has been developing since the turn of the century is “too late, too expensive, too risky, and too uncertain,” according to an analysis conducted by an American think tank that recommends the project be abandoned. Best estimates are that

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2022-02-19 DOE $6B To Help Struggling Nuclear Power Plants

The DOE intends to help struggling nuclear power plants to stay online by helping with $6 billion. The utilities want to avoid further costs by shutting down the unprofitable NPPs, often replacing them with gas turbines spewing more CO2.

2022-01-09 Nuclear Power Truths

The new nuclear power plants are experiencing huge cost overruns (Hinckley C 24 billion pounds) and decades to bring online due to construction delays. The cost of nuclear power is 3 times wind or solar, per megawatt-hour. It takes decades to bring nuclear power plants online, compared to 2 years for a utility scale wind

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2022-01-08 Global Primary Energy Consumption By Source

This is an animated graphic of global primary energy consumption by source. Interesting.

2021-12-19 Rolls Royce Small Modular Reactors

My comments to Dave Borlace’s JHAT Plus a chart of levelized costs of energy for both conventional and renewable energy. << Thanks, Dave, for the informative video. Nuclear reactors are safe *per TWh* while in operation. The real issues are at the beginning and the end. The beginnings, as you stated, are the huge cost

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2021-10-17 7 Reasons Why Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer…

Seven Reasons why nuclear power is not the answer Quote: << Nuclear advocates claim nuclear is still needed because renewables are intermittent and need natural gas for backup. However, nuclear itself never matches power demand so it needs backup. Even in France with one of the most advanced nuclear energy programs, the maximum ramp

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2021-10-07 Nuclear Fusion Confusion Explained

Sabine explains the difference between nuclear fusion reaction’s Qplasma and Qtotal. There is a huge difference between the two. To put out more power than is needed to keep the reactor running, the output of the fusion reaction must be greater than Qtotal. At the rate the experiments are progressing, it will be many decades

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