Helsinki Smash Rod
- Nov 15, 2008
- N38? 43', W90? 22'
- Roger Dean's Rocks
Sadly I think ours are likely to be similarly stupid.
The UK has no BWRs. With the exception of Sizewell B (a PWR) they all use gas-cooled technology, The UK's gas-cooled reactors have lower power densities and larger thermal capacities than water-cooled reactors, which with natural cooling capabilities give longer timescales for remedial action. Additionally, they have a lesser need for venting on loss of cooling and do not produce concentrations of hydrogen from fuel cladding overheating."
Under fault conditions, significant quantities of hydrogen are not generated, as water is not the coolant. The direct causes of the nuclear accident, a magnitude 9 earthquake and 14m-high tusanami, are far beyond the most extreme natural events that the UK would be expected to experience
Even the Health and Safety Executive think any sudden change would be bullshit.
Yes bigger problem for Germany, Ukania is surrounded by the oceans, with loads for wind, more wind than we know what what to do with.
Nuclear power plants closing (till 2021) was Law since 2002. Law changed 2010 for longer running times. Law (will be) changed again now, basically back to limit running times to 2022.Knee jerk reaction much?
More people have died from burning Peat than have died from Nuclear and they are designed to take a hit from a large plane, there is a video floating around of a plane flying into nuclear reactor grade reinforced concrete and completely atomising. Regardless of what people who like to scaremonger say, nuclear is safer than all other large scale forms of energy production at the moment, the facts are out there for all to see.
Waste production is a problem, but the next generation of nuclear plants in development either use existing waste as fuel (Travelling Wave Reactor) or produce waste than can be disposed of in 20 years instead of 2000 years (Thorium Reactors). The reactors that are creating the waste problems of today are 1950s technology.
Interesting that you should mention Maggie Thatch.
Cast your mind back to her early days in power when OPEC had us over a barrel (literally) and Scargill and the miners' unions had her by the short and curlies.
She knew we couldn't rely on oil and coal for our power, but at the same time the Green hippies we getting quite vocal and in hand with CND (remember them?) didn't want the atomic option.
Until that is she found a little known theoretical study by a Scandinavian scientist who had suggested that in the event of the next ice age which would have serious consequences for that part of the world it might be possible to stave off the ice age by pumping billions of toms of CO2 into the atmosphere to create a greenhouse effect. This was then hijacked to become an argument against fossil fuels to push nuclear power agendas by handing the Greens something they could be scared of and divert their attention towards.
This ultimately led to the IPCC and all this global warming/climate change rhetoric aka bullshit and the additional taxation we petrolheads are now having to suffer if we want to have any fun on the roads.
"Renewables" are unreliable because weather is unreliable. Now that might be because of man-made climate change, or natural climate change, but it is a fact. We've had the driest spring on record and we haven't got any wind here either - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/en...ind-farms-Britain-is-running-out-of-wind.html - so what are we to do? Even if you aren't a peak oil believer we need to do something and sooner rather than later.
Sorry, Germany, but you have got it very wrong here.
Also some very interesting reading and comment here.
1. My point about pulling the funding exactly - that is why it does not work - no investment, they'd rather spend it on Nuclear. See how late the Finnish Power Station is - wonder what the costs are now vs estimate?Wave power has been mooted since the 70s. I remember seeing Michael Rodd do stuff about it on Tomorrow's World. And it still doesn't work.
And even if it did you'd have to keep replacing bits because it would be in a highly corrosive, salt water environment. Maintenance costs would be huge.
Well you Privatise and you then make a decision that bins the companies' profits of course they'll sue.Oh, btw, Eon is already preparing to go to court, I guess RWE will follow. And don't think for ONE second this is an enviromental gain, we are using our coal/gasplants on maximum overdrive right now and will have to build new ones, CO? my ass. It is just a pure populist move to countersteer the Green parties gain in followers. How much the increased electricity prices will fuck our industry over has yet to be seen.....