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2 New Nuclear Reactors Scheduled to Come Online in 2016

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bobjengr
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NUCLEAR REACTORS AND 2016
bobjengr   7/17/2013 7:28:50 PM
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I think these two reactors are much needed and I applaud the efforts of the state to work towards bringing back this important source of power.  In reality, I would hope we all agree a combination of energy sources will be necessary to fulfill our energy needs in the future.  I think it's absolutely shameful the United States of American does not have a viable energy policy.  Then again, we don't seem to get too much done in Washington these days.  Maybe the politicians will work that out over their MONTH-LONG August vacation. 

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Re: Nuclear reactor
Ann R. Thryft   7/17/2013 1:18:47 PM
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Solar IS replacing nuclear in California, aided by wind among other energy sources. The two San Onofre nuclear reactors have been permanently shut down, after being offline for 18 months. Although this is causing immediate concern for this summer's energy needs, solar in California, which leads the nation in that type of generation capacity, is gaining in leaps and bounds. For example, last month, the state's solar generation capacity broke the 2 GW barrier:
https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/california-solar-breaks-the-two-gigawatt-output-mark
California's" goal of 33 percent renewables by 2020 has long been surpassed in Germany. Also, progress in interconnection technologies that tie renewables to the power grid are more advanced than some may realize:
https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/California-Fast-Tracks-Renewable-Projects



Max23
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Re: Nuclear reactor
Max23   7/16/2013 10:44:22 PM
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Flywheel technology has improved to give conventional storage technology a run for its money.  This Scientific America article details this up and coming tech.

 

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=new-flywheel-design

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Re: Nuclear reactor
ervin0072002   7/16/2013 9:42:45 PM
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Solar cannot replace nuclear. some one made the comment that solar can replace nuclear with much less waste i believe. Reality is that the process to manufacture solar includes considerable polution and carbon footprint. and solar only works when the sun is up. hence energy storage is needed to be 100% self reliant.

Max23
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Re: Nuclear reactor
Max23   7/16/2013 7:32:56 PM
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Thorium is part of the solution to help us deal with spent uranium from old tech reactors.

Safer, cheaper, and environmental positive.

 

http://gizmodo.com/this-thorium-reactor-has-the-power-of-a-norse-god-649185119

Jerry dycus
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Jerry dycus   7/16/2013 6:34:12 PM
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Yet I get them at $80/kwhr down the street, 115amphr, 12.6vdc ones or 6.76vdc by 235amphrs retail.  Though I know what and how to buy well as I use them in my EV's too, a much harder app..

   And larger ones that utilities would use are even less/kwhr. Remember lead batteries last forever, you just have to reform them every 6-30 yrs depending on type and almost 100% recycled by law. 

 

But Ervin you never answered the question, why do utilities need them?  They haven't for over 100 yrs of variable supply/ demand, why now? 

 

Enquiring minds want to know?  Or have you been completely fooled by big energy propaganda?  

 

I get PennEnergy newsletters covering the whole/each  energy industry in detail sector by sector  every day including power generation.  Yet none have paid for a battery storage unit. And only a few others mostly paid for by grants.

Only one I know of that is needed at the end of a long rural powerline prone to blackouts where it pays it's way well especially since grants paid for it.

And only wind of RE is variable at all and it like others are predictable or on demand.  Take solar perfectly tracks A/C use and why I'll only need 1kw of PV to run my eff home's A/C for 25 yrs. And PV is now down to $780/kw-$.78/wt making it a bargain.

 

Is hydro or biomass variable? No they like concentrated solar thermal with very low cost storage are far more valuable, like PV solar and in cases of wind like on the east coast all are on demand or made when needed.

Again please tell me where all this lack of RE variability is an actual problem?

 

 

ervin0072002
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ervin0072002   7/16/2013 4:19:11 PM
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Search a Online UPS system with batteries, installation and maintenance will come to the rough estimates i gave to you on the lower post

Jerry dycus
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Re: Nuclear reactor
Jerry dycus   7/16/2013 12:04:02 PM
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Max ,  While thorium  looks very interesting we have way too much nuke waste that needs to be burned first, enough for 50 yrs of running new SMR's that burn it.

Unlike PWR's we have now that only use a few % of the fuel's energy that wastes so much and it needs to be recovered, used .

Max23
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Max23   7/16/2013 10:18:25 AM
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Thorium must be considered as the replacement for existing uranium fueled reactor technology. http://energyfromthorium.com/ Safety and waste issues are at the top of the list for why it can (and should) replace uranium.

Jerry dycus
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Re: Nuclear reactor
Jerry dycus   7/16/2013 10:10:43 AM
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Yet I buy storage for under $80/kwhr retail so just what are you talking about?  And many others are under $100/kwhr. 

 

But you ignore the fact that storage isn't needed as it's just a strawman argument creating a problem where there is none spread by big energy.

Facts are utility handle the way overblown RE varibility the same way it handles far more variable loads, No?

New NG cogens are almost all variable/throttleable meaning even more that no storage is needed, No?

So p lease tell me this great storage needs of RE? And why haven't utilities bought storage? The facts are they don't need it. Waiting to hear from you.

Nor have you mention the problems of not being able to shut down nukes to meet lower demand? 

Or the massive GW backup nukes need when they scram?  Why? How do they handle it?  And they scram fairly often. Enquiring minds want to know. 

 

 

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