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by Eclipse
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Nuclear Power
Topic: nuclear power too expensive
Replies: 30
Views: 11043

Fusion is making gains in many measurable metrics. But even if it remains impossible to do real net energy profit, we don't need fusion to have reliable clean energy forever. We already have that in fission . The uranium in seawater is 'renewable' in that continental drift + mountain creation + eros...
by Eclipse
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Nuclear Power
Topic: nuclear power too expensive
Replies: 30
Views: 11043

The solution to the problems attendant with technological progress is not more technological progress It is if you love the earth and want to save her. Cavemen drove mammoths extinct, and hunter gatherers have also eaten many megafauna into extinction. The solution to I=PAT isn't trying to reduce t...
by Eclipse
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Nuclear Power
Topic: nuclear power too expensive
Replies: 30
Views: 11043

What I posted had nothing to do with your post Eclipse. It refers to the OP and to do with Adam's posts relating to the continual failure of nuclear plants in the UK to restart on time after maintenance closures. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to stress the unreliability of the nuclear ind...
by Eclipse
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Nuclear Power
Topic: nuclear power too expensive
Replies: 30
Views: 11043

A virtual tour of Hinckley C Marine Project to be given by Balfour Beatty either on August 1st and 5th August have just been cancelled. No reason given although revised dates are to be offered. Seems familiar for nuclear projects!! When did I say anything to do with Hinckley is gold-standard or som...
by Eclipse
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Nuclear Power
Topic: M King Hubbert predicted breeder reactors that eat waste!
Replies: 6
Views: 3772

Where did I say that? If so, I apologise. HOW DO BREEDER REACTORS BURN NUCLEAR WASTE? Breeder eat nuclear waste. Years ago that sounded crazy to me. I used to think there was something called 'uranium' and then after fissioning, something bad called 'nuclear waste'. But it's much more complicated th...
by Eclipse
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Nuclear Power
Topic: M King Hubbert predicted breeder reactors that eat waste!
Replies: 6
Views: 3772

It'll be nice when it works. From what I understand the radioactive stuff will have to slush around in molten fluoride salts for about 120 years. I am not sure how long the container holding it all will last. I've not heard that, as 1/ the molten salt will be used in the next reactor and 2/ the fis...
by Eclipse
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Nuclear Power
Topic: M King Hubbert predicted breeder reactors that eat waste!
Replies: 6
Views: 3772

The only problem that I have heard of is that no one has ever been able to build one that is safe, that actually works and that produces sufficient net energy at the end of the process to be worthwhile. All three conditions are essential at the same time but seem to have been unobtainable so far. A...
by Eclipse
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Nuclear Power
Topic: nuclear power too expensive
Replies: 30
Views: 11043

I note that you say "the Thorcon plans". It is yet to happen like so much in the nuclear and fusion field. Perhaps when there is actually a reactor on the ground that is actually producing electricity at a cost which is competitive and actually breeds and which is actually safe, all at th...
by Eclipse
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Nuclear Power
Topic: nuclear power too expensive
Replies: 30
Views: 11043

I think we are all interested in any new nuclear developments. I agree that if life is to stay as convenient as now, we need a baseload electricity supply. Maybe nuclear will be inevitable for that reason. I am expecting life to have far less convenience in the future. Thank you for your open minde...
by Eclipse
Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Nuclear Power
Topic: nuclear power too expensive
Replies: 30
Views: 11043

So thats $2 a watt. About twice the price of solar panels, with all storage and cleanup costs dumped on the state. No no no! You misunderstand. The decommissioning costs are built into the price of the electricity, and what storage are you imagining when breeder reactors eat nuclear waste? The REAL...
by Eclipse
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Nuclear Power
Topic: M King Hubbert predicted breeder reactors that eat waste!
Replies: 6
Views: 3772

M King Hubbert predicted breeder reactors that eat waste!

M King Hubbert himself foresaw the nuclear era lasting thousands of years into the future! He starts talking about nuclear on page 28 of the following PDF, and breeder reactors breeding "fertile" nuclear products up to "fissile" on page 30. https://web.archive.org/web/20080527233...
by Eclipse
Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Nuclear Power
Topic: nuclear power too expensive
Replies: 30
Views: 11043

Nuclear engineer Ed Pheil estimated the cost of nuclear for Australia with a great reactor, the CAP1400 Gen3+ reactor with passive safety. "I would expect/guess $3B each if you ordered 50. China already has them down to <$4B each. If you built at 6 sites, 8 reactors each, for 48, or 5 sites, 10...
by Eclipse
Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:12 am
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: My letter to the African Union re: FREE plans for tractors
Replies: 6
Views: 3368

I have a few questions as well, but the specs are all there. Why not check it out and prove me wrong? EG: Are they selling the basic power module / engine, or are there instructions to make it? That's a question I've had for a few weeks now but haven't had the time to research... OK, I looked it up....
by Eclipse
Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:40 am
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: My letter to the African Union re: FREE plans for tractors
Replies: 6
Views: 3368

I guess the real target audience then is African forums and Aid Worker organisations. These guys will have a plan for open source wind turbines (in the 50kw range) so that's small, village scale or even individual farm scale power. I guess the thing I like is the way this Open Source Hardware philos...
by Eclipse
Sun May 29, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: My letter to the African Union re: FREE plans for tractors
Replies: 6
Views: 3368

My letter to the African Union re: FREE plans for tractors

Hi all, check this out! This is the letter I just sent to the African Union, but it also applies to any aid-workers you know out in the jungle, or even local permaculture living in a post-oil age. **** Hi, Is the African Union aware of the Open Source Hardware movement? In short there is a FREE move...