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Old 05-24-2018, 08:02 PM   #1854 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by freebeard View Post
The reactor is one component of a system. You'd need to build the system with buffering, caching and load balancing included.
Sure, but the point remains.

Originally Posted by sendler View Post
the reactor core averages 100%. The Salt thermal storage charges or discharges at another 100%. The turbines are scaled to provide 200% of the core (core output plus salt output. 100% electrical in morning and evening. 200% electrical at night or 6 pm cooling peak. 0% electrical / 100% thermal storage when solar is cranking.
That doesn't solve the problem of the intermittency of renewables. You might be able to build the system to cope with normal fluctuations due to day / night, but a couple unexpected weeks of overcast creates an energy deficit. The nuke output still has to be sized to supply 100% of the demand 100% of the time, and if it cannot be throttled, then there is no benefit to renewables.
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