Nuclear energy serves needs well
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Lawrence Watts Jr. gives a good description of the wasteland that will result from installing solar farms. Solar panels also don’t work effectively when there is no direct sun.
Additionally, the energy generated is (DC) for storage in batteries. However, your home appliances operate on (AC). In order to convert (DC) to (AC) it must be “inverted,” which necessarily wastes energy. Don Quixote’s windmills are just as ineffective as they work only when the wind is blowing, and try to sleep with one grinding away in your back yard.
The cleanest, safest and most cost-efficient way of producing electricity at the present time is a pressurized water nuclear reactor power plant, but we haven’t built any new plants in years while we screw around with solar panels and windmills due to the environmentalists’ misplaced concerns over radiation.
I have worked in many nuclear submarine reactor spaces and I don’t light up and glow in the dark. Our pressurized water nuclear power plants are totally safe and reliable. The only problem with nuclear fission reactors is the radioactive waste material that must be buried under a mountain for about 10,000 years.
There is a newer and better technology on the horizon called nuclear fusion, whereby hydrogen atoms are fused together to form a helium atom which releases a tremendous amount of heat for generating electricity and the process produces no radioactive byproducts. It is far more practical to invest in that technology than to destroy our beautiful landscape with solar panels or huge noisy windmills.
Fusion reactors would serve us quite well until the development of matter-antimatter reactors, about 100 years or more into the future. Let’s use common sense and broaden our horizons.