Nuclear Power is the Most Reliable Energy Source and It’s Not Even Close. 3/24/2021
It’s been rolling up its sleeves for six decades now to provide constant, reliable, carbon-free power to millions of Americans.
It has roughly supplied a fifth of America’s power each year since 1990.
Bill Gates’s next-gen nuclear plant packs in grid-scale energy storage. 3/8/2021 New Atlas
Smaller Nuclear Plants May Come With Less Stringent Safety Rules. 8/1/2020 NPR
“We’re not using water. We’re not large. We’re not using the same type of fuel. We’re able to recycle waste and used fuel,” says Caroline Cochran, Oklo chief operating officer and co-founder.
Reyes says if there’s a problem and radiation is released, the danger to people would be limited to the plant site. That means his plants could be located closer to homes, say at old coal power plant sites.
Reusing coal power plant sites would use the existing power grid instead of building new high voltage lines across the countryside to connect wind and solar sources.
Bill Gates: Nuclear power will ‘absolutely’ be politically acceptable again — it’s safer than oil, coal, natural gas. 2/25/2021 CNBC
That’s because the need for clean energy is dire, and the operation of nuclear power plants produces no greenhouse gas emissions. According to Gates, new innovations in nuclear technology (in which he is an investor) are making nuclear energy safer and more affordable, and countries around the world are starting to adopt nuclear power.
“Nuclear has actually been safer than any other source of [power] generation,” Gates told Sorkin. “The deaths per unit of power on these other approaches are — are far higher,”
The main value of nuclear energy lies in its potential contribution to decarbonizing the power sector. Nuclear energy does provide other benefits: it reduces other types of air pollution associated with electricity production; in addition, it contributes to fuel diversification and grid stability, has low land requirements, and creates well-paid jobs.
A former Obama administration economist at the University of Chicago found last year that consumers in states with renewable energy mandates paid $125 billion more for electricity in the seven years after passage than they would have otherwise.
Renewables contributed to electricity prices rising six times more in California than in the rest of the US since 2011.
Renewable energy advocates today admit that the environmental impact of renewables is the greatest obstacle to their deployment.
Vaclav Smil, a widely-respected energy scholar, has shown that it would take 25-50 percent of all land in the US to go 100 percent renewable.
How Many Holiday Lights Can A Nuclear Reactor Power?
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The real numbers on Nuclear deaths. The numbers show how safe Nuclear power really is.
Historical Deaths from Nuclear Energy The vast majority of deaths were simple industrial accidents. Very few have died because of radiation!
Could Argonne’s mini nuclear reactor solve the e-truck recharging dilemma?
Electric semitrucks could revolutionize the transportation industry. But not until a convenient source of electricity is found. Could mini nuclear reactors at rest stops solve this problem?
NuScale’s small nuclear reactor can produce 25% more power than expected. 11/10/2020
NuScale now says its reactors can generate 77 MW of electricity per module, compared to the current expectation of 60 MW.
Nuclear fuel recycling could offer plentiful energy
One of multiple methods to reduce nuclear waste that are under development. There is a video to WATCH : Argonne National Laboratory breaks down nuclear fuel recycling in just 4 minutes.
3 Advanced Reactor Systems to Watch by 2030
Nuclear is going to look a lot different in the near future. Here’s a sneak peek at new reactor designs that could be operational within the decade.