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John Ratsey

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Re: Electricity generation. The pros and the cons.
« Reply #285 on: April 07, 2022, 08:42:03 PM »
SMRs aren't a complete jump into the dark. They've been powering some ships and subs for years.

One of their big attractions is the potential to build much of equipment in factory conditions in order to minimise the amount of site assembly. Not quite production line stuff but close. Think of what goes into a gas turbine power power station and how long it takes to build one and you are going in the right direction although I accept that nuclear will be more complicated. Nonetheless, SMRs should be a lot faster to implement than the big nuclear plants. If the NIMBYs are willing to have one near their home then they could have a cheap source of heating using the waste heat.

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« Reply #286 on: April 10, 2022, 10:03:17 AM »
Thorium breeder reactors are the way to go, thorium a lot safer and much more abundant than Uranium.  I guess the reason thorium has not been used large scale so far is that the products of a thorium reactor are no good for making weapons.....  :o

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorium-based_nuclear_power
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« Reply #287 on: April 19, 2022, 09:19:01 PM »
Since Tony Blair told us 20-odd years ago that his holiday flight was "carbon offset" (or some such weasel words) I'm never sure what these environmental assurances actually mean.

The Ecotricity website https://www.ecotricity.co.uk/ tells us that "Welcome to Britainís greenest energy company. All our electricity is certified green, and also certified vegan. Our gas is a mix of carbon-neutralised natural gas and sustainable green gas."

That's fine then, whatever it means.  :D

Some of the gas that meets these exacting definitions is unfortunately Russian.
https://stroudtimes.com/dale-vinces-statement-on-doing-business-with-russian-supplier-gazprom/

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