The Dawn of Nuclear Power Pt. Deux?

softdownsoftdown Posts: 1,840Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
Liquid metal cooling offers great promise for making nuclear power much safer and more efficient. We all know that solar can't do more than supplement the grid until we realize great breakthroughs in energy/battery storage. In the meantime, far better nuclear power is already here.


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  • oil pan 4oil pan 4 Posts: 703Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Molten thorium salt.
    Beta voltaic cells made from the "waste".

    California is trying to spend 3 billion they don't have build a pump storage pipe line to hoover dam using power from west texas and eastern NM.

    Solar hybrid gasoline generator, 7kw gas, 180 watts of solar, Morningstar 15 amp MPPT, group 31 AGM, 900 watt kisae inverter.

    Solar roof top GMC suburban, a normal 3/4 ton suburban with 180 watts of panels on the roof and 10 amp genasun MPPT, 2000w samlex pure sine wave inverter, 12v gast and ARB air compressors.

  • westbranchwestbranch Posts: 5,084Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    www.thoriumpowercanada.com

    www.thoriumpowercanada.com/dbi-tpc-partnership/the-dbi-thorium-reactor/

    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ypam77/canada-china-nuclear-power-candu-thorium



     
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  • dennis461dennis461 Posts: 106Registered Users ✭✭
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  • westbranchwestbranch Posts: 5,084Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Dennis, I think you my be correct on the USA,.... but the new plants will be/are being done over seas.  the last link I posted has a good review of 2 units going into China and India


     
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    CL#29032 FW 2126/ 2073/ 2133 175A E-Panel WBjr, 3 x 4s 140W to 24V 900Ah C&D AGM 
    Cotek ST1500W 24V Inverter,OmniCharge 3024,
    2 x Cisco WRT54GL i/c DD-WRT Rtr & Bridge, Hughes1100 Sat Modem
    Eu3/2/1000i Gens, 1680W & E-Panel/WBjr to come, CL #647 asleep
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  • softdownsoftdown Posts: 1,840Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    There are many ways to achieve fission from uranium or thorium. I think Trump wants to be the guy who brought back our economy from the abyss and good American coal is pretty cheap. The Japanese will be freaked out for the foreseeable future as well. Still leaves a big world out there. 

    I suspect that nuclear may offer the best chance for interstellar travel....someday. We upload our consciousness to AI and four light years doesn't seem so unattainable anymore.

    Did I mention that I have several interests?
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  • dennis461dennis461 Posts: 106Registered Users ✭✭
    I worked for a company in NJ that helped design instrumentation and controls for an early China plant.  We brought over some young English speaking engineers, hired some more, sent people back and forth.

    Guess what.

    After we got the first design done, they cancelled their contract.

    What is today's terminology, cut-and-paste?

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  • westbranchwestbranch Posts: 5,084Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    For me the more Thorium and less Enriched Uranium, the better, no matter the make or model. I can not remember the #of years worth of spent Uranium mentioned in the last video in the last link, but it is almost a century's worth IIRC.. all just sitting in steel tanks some where in the US... hope they don't have a breach ... and then there is the contaminated-water storage at the  Fukushima Generating plant.  When will they run out of steel for the tanks?
     
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    CL#29032 FW 2126/ 2073/ 2133 175A E-Panel WBjr, 3 x 4s 140W to 24V 900Ah C&D AGM 
    Cotek ST1500W 24V Inverter,OmniCharge 3024,
    2 x Cisco WRT54GL i/c DD-WRT Rtr & Bridge, Hughes1100 Sat Modem
    Eu3/2/1000i Gens, 1680W & E-Panel/WBjr to come, CL #647 asleep
    West Chilcotin, BC, Canada
  • softdownsoftdown Posts: 1,840Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Using the depleted uranium for energy while cooling with liquid metal makes nuclear energy multiples safer and cheaper. Which I why I think it is time to reconsider our nose in the sand approach to nuclear energy.
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  • BB.BB. Posts: 27,684Super Moderators admin
    The current reactors were chosen/supported by governments because they had plutonium as a byproduct for nuclear weapons.
    ry--
    Now the world is "safer" (yea--sure), the use of new reactor designs and fuel are a real possibility to keep our present infrastructure and have cost efficient electrical energy. With less weapons grade materials and radioactive waste (I hope).

    Cheap and clean energy is what keeps us from running horse/oxen/people powered farming and industries.

    Burning coal releases more radiation than our nuclear infrastructure, and other problem materials too (major source of environmental mercury)--At least in times past, not sure how the "cleaner coal" plants are doing these days...

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • mike95490mike95490 Posts: 7,790Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    softdown said:
    Using the depleted uranium for energy while cooling with liquid metal makes nuclear energy multiples safer and cheaper. Which I why I think it is time to reconsider our nose in the sand approach to nuclear energy.
    depleted uranium is  (wait for it)   depleted uranium.   most of what's active, is gone.
    It still is a poisonous heavy metal like lead or mercury, but barely makes a geiger counter tick.

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  • EstragonEstragon Posts: 2,607Registered Users ✭✭✭✭
    Makes good bullets though :smile:
    Off-grid.  
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  • mcgivormcgivor Posts: 2,052Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    There was some graffiti painted across a bridge on Portabello Road in London England in 1981 that said "nuclear energy fades your genes"  
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  • softdownsoftdown Posts: 1,840Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    BB. said:
    The current reactors were chosen/supported by governments because they had plutonium as a byproduct for nuclear weapons.
    ry--
    Now the world is "safer" (yea--sure), the use of new reactor designs and fuel are a real possibility to keep our present infrastructure and have cost efficient electrical energy. With less weapons grade materials and radioactive waste (I hope).

    Cheap and clean energy is what keeps us from running horse/oxen/people powered farming and industries.

    Burning coal releases more radiation than our nuclear infrastructure, and other problem materials too (major source of environmental mercury)--At least in times past, not sure how the "cleaner coal" plants are doing these days...

    -Bill
    Thorium is four times more abundant and also creates uranium 235 along the way. Was used successfully at....Oakridge? Not sure why is never took off. 

    Melting cities is pretty exciting stuff it seems. 

    Considering a Masters degree in energy options and production.....boredom is, well, boring. 
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  • softdownsoftdown Posts: 1,840Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    All four nuclear power incidents have occurred with old stations built prior to 1965. Safety protocols were pretty low and knowledge was also low.

    Have come to believe that modern nuclear can be safe enough. It is easy to freak out about nuclear power of course. Twenty percent of US power comes from nuclear. 
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