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Old Nov 12th, 2008, 09:36 AM   #1
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Alternative Energy Sources?

With some reservations (because some idiot will try to open this thing with a blue wrench or try to turn it into a bomb...) this is fairly attractive.

Local Mini Nuclear Reactors to Power US Homes within 5 Years

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Powered by low-enriched uranium fuel, each Hyperion Power Module will produce enough clean, safe and environmentally friendly energy to reliably power 20,000 standard American homes for 10cents per kilowatt/hr. Linked together they have the capacity to power much larger enterprises.
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Old Nov 12th, 2008, 10:11 AM   #2
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Too bad the anti-nuclear crowd will likely be the biggest hurdle this technology has to hurdle. Those dopes want clean air but refuse to embrace the clean production of energy. Go figure.
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Old Nov 12th, 2008, 11:37 AM   #4
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Hey, I'm all for it. This is exactly the kind of technology we need!

They can put one outside my door.
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I remember back in the 60s my Physics prof saying that waste was the biggest issue with nuclear power and that was something the techs should be able to solve in a very few years. We are still waiting. Carbon dioxide is not the only thing that makes a power source dirty. This is still enriched uranium and waste will still be a major issue. Trading relatively harmless CO2 for poison is not a real solution.
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Old Nov 12th, 2008, 12:03 PM   #6
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Did you bother to read the story?

"To add to their eco credentials, each module will produce a mere softball-sized amount of recyclable waste every five years and will release nothing in the way of greenhouse gas emissions, unlike 'traditional' fossil fuels."
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Underground storage of nuclear waste is the solution. For example, there are millions of dry oil wells in the world to put waste far out of reach of doing harm to any human.

People who oppose nuclear energy seldom think it through.
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Old Nov 12th, 2008, 12:33 PM   #8
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There are also good technologies for firing projectiles loaded with nuclear waste into space (e.g. rail guns and light gas guns).

While the attitude of "we'll just throw this stuff away" is what got us in trouble ecologically in the first place, you really can't pollute space, and if you pick a trajectory intelligently, you can be sure the stuff you get rid of this way will never come back.

But all that would be moot if we could get decent fusion reactors working. Properly controlled fusion generates helium as a waste product (or any other element you want... but for anything heavier than iron you have to put energy into the system).

With controlled fusion, our only remaining problem (apart from overpopulation, which is fundamentally the root cause of almost all problems) would be heat pollution.

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Good points bryanc.

Seems to me that nuclear is the way of the future with many options that allow mankind a cleaner environment.

I just don't understand why people oppose any form of nuclear power.
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Old Nov 12th, 2008, 01:11 PM   #10
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SINC, the problem is most people don't have a clue what our current energy needs entail, never mind the future. If we're going to wean ourselves off fossil fuels then ALL forms of alternate energy must be on the table.

We in Canada don't live in a stable climate zone. Things like wind and solar cannot be relied upon to meet our needs in total. They are certainly part of the package but not the whole story.

This isn't simply about CO2 emissions, it's about being self reliant and not beholden to the whims of OPEC and oil speculators.
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