Refuel on Nuclear Power – the Silver Bullet!!!

We can enjoy abundant clean energy to solve peak oil and climate change and run a convenient, modern, prosperous lifestyle for all. The answer? Nuclear power. Did you just roll your eyes and think  unnecessarydangerous, expensive, slow, and limited because it leaves waste forever and will one day run out of uranium? If so, you’re not alone. That is exactly what I used to think!

It turns out that this is entirely back to front. Nuclear power is:-

  1. Essential
  2. Safe
  3. Cheap
  4. Fast
  5. Abundant because breeder reactors eat nuclear waste!
  6. America’s nuclear waste worth $30 TRILLION!
  7. Fuel from seawater for a billion years!
  8. Close Yucca Mountain and build Energy Parks out in the desert.
  9. Free movies to watch online


1. Essential

The world’s leading climatologist, Dr James Hansen, thinks nuclear power is entirely essential:

“Can renewable energies provide all of society’s energy needs in the foreseeable future? It is conceivable in a few places, such as New Zealand and Norway. But suggesting that renewables will let us phase rapidly off fossil fuels in the United States, China, India, or the world as a whole is almost the equivalent of believing in the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy.”
Dr James Hansen

If we listen to him on the problem of Global Warming, why not the solution? According to his peer-reviewed network the Science Council for Global Initiatives (SCGI) wind and solar are too intermittent and unreliable to run the modern world, and yes they’ve studied Amory Lovins and the various papers that keep popping up claiming otherwise!

Please download the free book from the SCGI, Prescription for the Planet by Tom Blees. James Hansen recommends this book.

Wind and solar cost might compete with grid power when they work, but the problem is they are mostly OFF, require vast overbuilds, and cost way too much to back up! Indeed, it appears one could buy Tesla’s batteries to store one week of power for Germany (which can need 3 or 4 weeks of storage in winter!) OR run the whole of Germany for 60 years on nuclear power!

For more: Why renewables cannot work!

2. Safe: for more click Nuclear power is safe!

Believe it or not, nuclear power is thousands of times safer than coal. Coal kills as many people as 650 Chernobyl’s each and every year!  Just look at the deaths per terrawatt graph below!

Nuclear-Oil-Coal-Deaths

Indeed, people could move back to most of the Fukushima zone and much of the Chernobyl area, and new reactor designs would easily have survived both the Chernobyl and Fukushima situations.

3. Cheap: for more click Nuclear power is cheap

Barry Brook writes:

… Nuclear power is cheaper than power from renewables and soon will be cheaper than coal. 

4: Fastest to deploy

James Hanson and co-authors have written a new climate study. Plos One – Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change”: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature. Hansen’s conclusion is that we need to build a new generation of nuclear power plants. Nuclear alone, in Hansen’s view, has the potential to produce “clean” (carbon-free) electricity in the prodigious amounts that we will need it in the decades ahead.

In one decade (1977–1987), France increased its nuclear power production 15-fold, with the nuclear portion of its electricity increasing from 8% to 70%.  

In one decade (2001–2011) Germany increased the non-hydroelectric renewable energy portion of its electricity from 4% to 19%, with fossil fuels decreasing from 63% to 61% (hydroelectric decreased from 4% to 3% and nuclear power decreased from 29% to 18%).
Next Big Future  Jan 2014

 5. Abundant because breeder reactors eat nuclear waste!

Today’s Light Water Reactors only use 0.6% of the energy in the uranium, leaving it  ‘hot’ for 100,000 years! What we call nuclear waste today is mostly unused fuel, which is why it stays ‘hot’ for 100,000 years. Imagine nuclear ‘waste’ is like wet firewood, full of potential energy but still ‘wet’. You could dump it in the fire, but that would put the fire out. Instead, you put it around the edge of the fire so it collects heat and dries out, and is ready to burn. There are special reactors that operate much like this. Old fuel rods are set up around the nuclear ‘fire’ in the core to absorb neutrons and transmutate into new fuel. They ‘breed’ more fuel than they use, and so are called breeder reactors. The bottom line? Nuclear ‘waste’ becomes an abundant energy source. There is already so much nuclear waste that the UK has enough ‘waste’ to run her for 500 years, and America has enough to run her for 1000 years!

Note: after breeding all that waste into fuel there is a final waste product, but it burns itself back to safe levels within 300 years. That’s easy to store!  The two main categories of breeder reactor:-

Integral Fast Reactor

Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) — my favourite reactor!

6. America’s nuclear waste worth $30 TRILLION!

Now that we understand that nuclear waste is mostly unused fuel, we can learn some startling new facts: America has enough waste to run her for 1,500 years and this has been estimated to be worth $30 TRILLION dollars! The United Kingdom has enough waste to run her for 500 years. When we finally run out of today’s waste in 500 years my guess is we might not even need fission reactors any more.

7. Fuel from seawater for a billion years!

As Dr Barry Brook said July 2009:

Barry Brook:…. So instead of getting less than 1% of the energy out of uranium, these fast reactors get about 99.8% of the energy out of it which means they’re incredibly more efficient in terms of using the uranium resource. And actually we’ve mined enough uranium already to run the whole world in these reactors for about 500 years.

Robyn Williams: So the old argument about running out of uranium isn’t on any more?

Barry Brook: We may run out in 50,000 or so years if we powered the whole world by uranium, but then we’ve got about four times as much thorium to use as well. So the argument that we’ll run out of uranium is a dead duck.

Sources: The Integral Fast Reactor – Summary for Policy Makers

Uranium from seawater is the forever machine!

  • We can extract uranium from seawater at $300 a kilogram.
  • This is about the size of a golf ball and could power your entire life, cradle to grave. That includes all the electrical power to recharge all the boron we’d ever need to replace oil. See Prescription for the Planet. All the fuel for that, from seawater, for just $300 per human lifetime! (The reactors themselves are the more expensive bit, the fuel is dirt cheap. In fact, I just recently did some major gardening in my front yard and spent far more than that on dirt!).
  • As mountains rise and continents move the weather grinds uranium dust back down into the ocean faster than we could use it. This is how Gen4 nukes could run the world for a few hundred million years on the uranium in sea-water.
  • The wiki on uranium from seawater documents a number of new technologies for collecting uranium from seawater in bulk. But right now that’s simply not our problem. Getting uranium from seawater is a problem we can look at in 50,000 years, and who knows what kind of space-based civilisation and solar energy systems we might have by then?

8. Close Yucca Mountain and build Energy Parks out in the desert.

Yucca Mountain and other similar schemes worldwide are now a complete waste of money. Yucca Mountain is like digging up our sweetest crude, refining it into the highest octane jet fuel — only to bury it again for 100,000 years! It’s absurd. We should burn it instead!

9. Free movies to watch online

Molten Salt Reactors: 6 minutes

“Pandora’s Promise” 1 hour 23 minutes

Pandora

Thorium Remix 2011: 2 hours, all about special Molten Salt Reactors called LFTR’s (say Lifter)

5 Responses to Refuel on Nuclear Power – the Silver Bullet!!!

  1. canyonboy says:

    [2. We’ve already built the prototypes!
    Some of them have run for 30 years or so, such as the EBR11 in Idaho, the Phenix reactor in France, and the BN-600 in Russia, who also had the BN-350 which produced desalinated water as well.
    ]

    Ah the BN-350 nuclear reactor … I went to Kazakhstan four times in the ’90s where they had a BN-350 based power station on the Caspian Sea which supplied electricity and desalinated water to Aktau … I drank the water and so far no ill effects 🙂

  2. dv82xl says:

    Good page EN, looks like you covered just about everything

    • eclipsenow says:

      Cheers. As you can tell, this is a radical change in my thinking and as such the whole blog is currently getting a work-over. I don’t pretend to be an expert, and hope my writing doesn’t come across as such. Rather, I feel like a ‘reporter’ putting together whatever fragments of information I get from you experts, and how that motivates me and what I hope can be achieved for the world. BTW – if you have any great pages / links on nuclear ‘walk away’ safety, I’d be glad to add them into the summary above.

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  4. roslynb says:

    Hi, thought you might be interested in this recent blog post from an economist who does ‘Commentary on Australian & world events from a social-democratic perspective’. He is/was also a member of the climate change authority. http://johnquiggin.com/2014/04/04/why-nuclear-power-worked-once-in-france-and-might-work-again-in-china/

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