posted on Mar, 24 2010 @ 02:42 AM
Appreciate the responce. Since BHA shut down Yucca mountain the only viable energy source is fossil fuels
The lack of any permanent repository for nuclear waste at this moment in time does not prevent us from investing in nuclear energy, nor does it create
any technical limitations. Reactors can store spent fuel in pools and later dry-casks for the entire life of the reactor (60 years) with no reason
they cannot store it for longer.
That's 32 years worth of waste from the 620 megawatt (electric) Vermont Yankee reactor. After 40-50 years of storage, the heat and radioactivity of
spent fuel have fallen to one thousandth of the level at removal from the reactor, therefore it is much easier dispose of waste when its overall
radioactivity is only about 0.1% of its original level. Obviously nobody wants to deal with nuclear waste, however it is abundantly clear that
renewables at this point in time, just do not work.
Also, one must remember that coal is an order of magnitude cheaper than oil in terms of power generation which is one of the reasons oil is NOT used
to supply our electricity. Furthermore, centralized infrastructure is generally significantly more efficient than decentralized infrastructure, hence
why we have super-sized coal boilers to supply our base-load electricity, instead of diesels at every house, business, or factory. Therefore, it is
not only a question of energy losses, but if energy losses negative the advantage of low cost coal and electricity. Simply put: Does it make
economical sense? (and Nuclear is marginally more expensive than coal, less expensive than clean-coal, and less expensive than coal with any sort of
Also, coal plants have efficiencies that range mostly around 40%, and I'm pretty sure transmission losses in the US are around 7%, while charging
losses in electric cars are around 15%. What is the efficiency of a petrol engine compared to a electric engine?
If that techonology replaced our current reactors we would be paying $.04 per kilowatt hour.
Current nukes are already sub 3 cents per kilowatt hour wholesale.
[edit on 24/3/2010 by C0bzz]