DailyDirt: If Only We Had A 'Mr. Fusion' Generator Handy…

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Nuclear power seems to have gotten more intense scrutiny recently, so taking a look at other alternative energy technologies makes sense. There’s no silver bullet to solve the world’s energy problems, but exploring the diversity of ways to generate electricity and fuels is probably a good strategy. Here are some interesting discoveries that might help wean us off burning non-renewable hydrocarbons.

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Kurata says:


In a nutshell, France has 58 nuclear plants working at 3/4 of their max capacities.
The Greens demands to go to green energy and give up on nuclear.
What this means, is putting up 3 rows of windmills on france’s coasts, but actually more since wind is not a constant, and the current ones have been put up in the most optimal places already, producing optimal amount of energy 1/4 of the time.
Solar energy : half the time is night, not enough sun during the day either. Also, energy consumptions peaks are during sunless days.

German model : actually pollutes more with their green-friendly system (441 grams of CO2 vs 83 in france atm, but nuclear produces nuclear wastes, so…)

to look like an ignorant guy that i am (i know nothing about ecology), what do?

Anonymous Coward says:

The real problem with nuclear power is that we are using a military solution to a commercial problem.

I can’t take credit for all this, I found it in a comment on reddit, so I paste it anon.

Have you heard of a Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2009/12/01/how-a-liquid-fluoride-thorium-reactor-lftr-works/ ?

This link explains why we are using a military grade answer instead of a commercial one.
Energy From Thorium: A Nuclear Waste Burning Liquid Salt Thorium Reactor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZR0UKxNPh8

Aim High: Using Thorium Energy to Address Environmental Problems

The Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor: What Fusion Wanted To Be

AdamBv1 (profile) says:

Re: The real problem with nuclear power is that we are using a military solution to a commercial problem.

You might be interested in http://energyfromthorium.com/

The best possible solution can be found here as its a combination of fast neutron reactors that will run off current waste and help produce startup fuel for LFTRs that we will use to generate the bulk of our energy.

chris (profile) says:

why not use a distributed model?

greater numbers of smaller facilities spread out over a large area, using the technology similar to what nuclear submarines use.

if there is an accident/disaster, the smaller facilities should be easier to contain and if for some reason they cannot be contained, the contamination would be smaller.

here is an example of a small propulsion system:

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