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This matter settled, think you. Underestimate the power of the NIMBY, you do.
Yeah, wind power really generates very little electricity.
A large Nuclear power plant, for comparison, will put out approximately 1000 Megawatts consistently, 24/7, with a much smaller physical footprint.
I say we endeavor to take over a city in America or Europe then re-name it "Future City" and let peoples build awesome in it.
Yeah, wind power really generates very little electricity.Ditto that for solar, while it's sufficient for smaller applications, it's far to inefficient and expensive to realistically scale up at this point, or any point in the very near future. The largest solar power plant that exists today is absolutely feckin' enormous in acreage, with a massive, massive amount of solar panels, and it produces...drumroll please...60 Megawatts, peak output.A large Nuclear power plant, for comparison, will put out approximately 1000 Megawatts consistently, 24/7, with a much smaller physical footprint.
They were pointing to France as a progressive nuclear adopter, and making moves to get footing for the first reactors that would be built in the US in decades.
Think of how much enrgy is in a pound of coal. Solar can't compete with that.
Short term? Coal wins. Long term? Solar cell wins.
If the world wasn't so energy hungry, solar would be a fine, legitimate option but as of now it's unrealistic.
At current estimations, we have enough fuel to power the entire planet with Breeder and Fast Breeder reactors - where the technology is currently heading - for at least the Next 5billionyears.
There are a lot of assumptions behind that statement about ore discovery, availability, extraction efficiency and cost. Given similar liberties I could claim that the world could be fuels by kittens on treadmills for 5trillionyears (well maybe not exactly but you get the point).
Seawater contains 3.3x10^(-9) (3.3 parts per billion) of uranium, so the 1.4x10^18 tonne of seawater contains 4.6x10^9 tonne of uranium.
Cost? Well, Tell me, from Dirt to end of life cycle, how much do solar panels cost? Significantly more than Uranium or thorium fuel for reactors, I'd wager.
According to a 2007 story broadcast on 60 Minutes, nuclear power gives France the cleanest air of any industrialized country, and the cheapest electricity in all of Europe. France reprocesses its nuclear waste to reduce its mass and make more energy. However, the article continues, "Today we stock containers of waste because currently scientists don't know how to reduce or eliminate the toxicity, but maybe in 100 years perhaps scientists will... Nuclear waste is an enormously difficult political problem which to date no country has solved. It is, in a sense, the Achilles heel of the nuclear industry... If France is unable to solve this issue, says Mandil, then 'I do not see how we can continue our nuclear program.'" Further, reprocessing itself has its critics, such as the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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