posted on May, 8 2012 @ 06:18 AM
Originally posted by Mkoll
reply to post by Phage
I admit that I have no specific knowledge on how solar activity could damage our stuff, but at least I was right about electronics getting damaged and
To what extent do you think that this kind of activity could disrupt nuclear power plant activities phage?
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Nuclear power plants require external power to operate under normal conditions. In the event of a solar flare extreme enough to knock out the grid
with Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GICs), they would have to shut the plant down until power could be restored.
This would mean the backup generators kicking in to provide power enough to shut down the plant and insert the control rods to avoid meltdown.
Electronics wouldn't be fried, as Phage said, but grid infrastructure like transformers would be exposed to GICs. Think of it like this. The longer
the conductor the more powerful the disturbance. The more powerful the disturbance, the higher the potential to damage critical infrastructure.
The reason this is such a problem with a severe solar storm (or an EMP for that matter, though the effects of an EMP would be more severe) is that
the lead time for production of new transformers is on the order of years per unit. I'm sure with enough organization this could be cut in half or
quartered, but its still quite a long time to be without power.
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