In December of 2015, the Institute for Plasma Physics in Germany successfully activated one of the worlds largest nuclear fusion reactors, the Wendelstein 7-X (W 7-X) Stellerator, for the first time. 842 more words
[caption id="attachment_4085" align="alignleft" width="222"] Pennsylvania Power and Light's Susquehanna Nuclear Power station[/caption] This article is a “reblog” of a piece that recently appeared on Anthony Watts’ Climate Skeptic’s Blog, “Watts Up With That”. Scientific American has always been a reliable source for great science reporting and on-target insight; this story is consistent with that legacy. In spite of advances in solar energy generation, most notably with the deployment of solar-thermal power stations (please see my article describing this new technology highlighting the Ivanpah solar-thermal power station in the Mojave Desert), carbon-emissions free Nuclear power is the only viable alternative to fill the major gaps in energy generation as we move away from carbon-based sources. Modern “Fast Breeder Reactors” for the most part, eliminate the need for nuclear waste disposal. The most common breeding reaction is that of plutonium-239 from non-fissionable uranium-238. The term "fast breeder" refers to the types of configurations which can actually produce more fissionable fuel than they use. My only exception to this article is the author’s comment
With Carbon emissions being the highest since the demise of the dinosaurs, Climate Change remains one of the greatest existential threats to life on this planet that humanity has ever faced. Although I support Bernie Sanders and consider him the only real choice for the next President of the United States, he’s wrong on Nuclear Power. In a previous piece, I discuss why science has to be a priority for the next US President.
"I am concerned the nuclear industry are using the climate 'emergency' to promote their product"
Imagination is more important than knowledge An index of all articles in this blog can be found here.