2019-09-20 Thermonuclear Fusion And Fission, NPPs

from FB comment to Bill


Bill Sherman

When I was young, Thermonuclear fusion was “Twenty years until we have free energy.”

When I was concerned about Y2K, Thermonuclear fusion was “Twenty years until we have free energy.”

Now that I’m old, it’s Thermonuclear fusion was “Twenty years until we have free energy.”

I’ll be long dead and gone before “we have free energy.” I’m not holding my breath.

Fusion is going to be just like nuclear fission power. It will be forgotten as the costs of renewables drops, making it impractical to build a reactor for either fusion or fission.

Right now, of the three NPPs that were being built in the Carolinas and Georgia, two were cancelled due to delays and cost overruns (V.C.Summers), and Vogtle wasn’t cancelled, but Westinghouse went bankrupt and it’s doubftul. And that has happened in other countries, too. No utility is going to spend ten billion dollars and wait ten years for a NPP to come online. Everything is going to be solar or other renewable. All we have to do is harvest the free thermonuclear fusion energy that Mother Nature gives us every day. 👍👍

update Sept 20 – Three Mile Island’s remaining NPP was shut down this week, it will be decommissioned in the following years. Slowly but surely the remaining approximately 100 NPPs will also be shut down, as will fossil fuel power plants, starting with coal. The last to go will be natural gas ‘peaker plants’ that are still being built to replace coal and oil fired power plants. Time will tell.

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