Between this and fourth-generation reactors, there's (slim) hope yet for reducing carbon emissions and, more importantly, unlocking long-term supplies of safe, affordable energy
WTF? Nuclear power is, by measure of fatalities per megawatt or per years operating, just about the very safest technology there is.
though I think it's a way to test it out in a place with.. let's say more lax regulation.
Does that include provisions for storing energy to cover night-time consumption?
The share of electricity produced from renewable energy in Germany has increased from 6.3 percent of the national total in 2000 to over 20 percent in the first half of 2011.
Which is why nuclear operators can make money selling their power for 6.8 cents/kWh and while solar operators sells theirs for 44.3-71.3. Gotcha.
Solar and wind are great, you live in sunny or reliably windy climes, but if you want to generate a lot of heat in winter in Northern latitudes, , or concentrate a lot of heat to make large amounts of steam for underground injection to make the tarsands less carbon intensive, thorium makes a lot of sense...
It is a freak occurrence, resulting from using an ancient and flawed design in an area subject to high seismic activity and, of course, tsunamis.
That doesn't sound very realistic. How much do you think this would cost, and how much power would expect to transmit over it?
It's amazing what you can do when you have the power to confiscate people's money and spend it on uneconomic forms of power
And if Germans want to go even deeper into debt to raise the electricty bills, it can have an even higher share. What it can't do is lead to the shutdown of the backup plants fossil fuel or nuclear plants that any grid will rely on.
Are you seriously trying to rebut real-world numbers with what some solar entrepreneur is claiming will be the cost in 12 years? Even if you're right, it's still twice the cost of nuclear power.
I agree - but it produces affordable power. Renewables are subsidized and they don't.
No, there was 1/4 chance of a tsunami hitting the Japanese coast somewhere.
Nobody's denigrating solar outside your imagination.
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