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Old 11-12-2018, 09:36 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by RustyLugNut View Post
The nuclear power plants we use today are simply improved iterations of gen 2 pressurized water reactors. They are inefficient in small scale applications with Navy reactors accepting these inefficiencies as a small trade-off for boundless power and long life. There are numerous nuclear designs that have not been granted research life simply because of the fear mongering. Some of these designs are far more benign and compact. This will allow local production (within reason), reducing the need to expand infrastructure. Inter-related designs can reduce waste to a relatively small volume as one reactor can eat and reduce the waste of another design.

Nuclear power will be the pivot pin to renewable energy. Without it, renewables cannot supply the consistent and concentrated energy needs of a modern society. Battery stacks, potential energy schemes and a myriad of other ideas can be eliminated by a single nuclear power plant in the neighborhood.
Good post.

Years ago when the Chernobyl incident was still fresh in people's minds, NPR did some special coverage on it. They had a scientist in the US claiming an experiment they had publicized prior to doing which included removing the control rods under certain conditions was poorly imitated by the Russians who wanted to beat them to the punch.

This experiment was supposed to lead the way to Fusion reactors and collect data. The US experiment was suspended in the aftermath of Chernobyl, federal funding eventually withdrawn.

However that story is not reiterated in the Wikipedia listing below.

The US experiment was eventually successful conducted, but funding dried up. It died on the vine.

Chernobyl disaster
The event occurred during a late-night safety test which simulated a station blackout power-failure, in the course of which safety systems were intentionally turned off. A combination of inherent reactor design flaws and the reactor operators arranging the core in a manner contrary to the checklist for the test, eventually resulted in uncontrolled reaction conditions.
On the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the worst commercial nuclear power accident in history, Greenpeace has documented nearly 200 "near misses" at U.S. nuclear reactors since 1986.
On the lighter side, sometimes technologies collide and just do not mesh.

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