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by jsbiff
Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:38 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 2011 DOD alternative energy research budget
Replies: 34
Views: 7236

Re: 2011 DOD alternative energy research budget

I wonder what the "alternative energy research" consists of? Completely unsupported speculation suggests the Polywell, or not... :roll: http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4782472&c=POL&s=TOP "The Senate Appropriations Committee lopped $8.1 billion off the 2011 defense bud...
by jsbiff
Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Is the nuclear renaissance dead yet?
Replies: 102
Views: 13467

Re: Why not use Oklo?

As you may be aware, there was a reactor in Gabon at a place called Oklo which was decommissioned some years back. The radioactive waste was left in situ exposed to ground water. Most significantly, transport of radioactive isotopes did not render the surrounding countryside a sterile wasteland. Th...
by jsbiff
Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Is the nuclear renaissance dead yet?
Replies: 102
Views: 13467

Err, if waste is vitrified, could it later be un-vitrified to have the actinides and useable uranium burned in a reactor? I'm guessing it'd be possible, but perhaps difficult, as not only would you have to melt the glass, but then seperate the waste from the glass (although, I suppose some sort of c...
by jsbiff
Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Is the nuclear renaissance dead yet?
Replies: 102
Views: 13467

by jsbiff
Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Is the nuclear renaissance dead yet?
Replies: 102
Views: 13467

In general I'm all for micro-distributuon of power generation, but in the case of nukes, you do realize that a 1/5 sized plant needs all the same security measures as a full sized plant, so if you build 5 1/5 sized plants, you'll spent 5X as much on security and manage 5X the risk. Or you put 4-5 r...
by jsbiff
Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Is the nuclear renaissance dead yet?
Replies: 102
Views: 13467

The point someone skirted around earlier is that there are TWO types of "economies of scale". You can do one-up REALLY BIG plants or a large number of identical moderate sized plants. Back when the electricity use was growing exponentially, the REALLY BIG plants made sense. Now there is j...
by jsbiff
Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:04 am
Forum: News
Topic: Is the nuclear renaissance dead yet?
Replies: 102
Views: 13467

A bit of a confused start in the article: Is the "nuclear renaissance" dead yet? by Harvey Wasserman America's much hyped "reactor renaissance" is facing a quadruple bypass. In actual new construction, proposed projects and overseas sales, soaring costs are killing new nukes. An...
by jsbiff
Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Is the nuclear renaissance dead yet?
Replies: 102
Views: 13467

Is the nuclear renaissance dead yet?

I realize this is a forum devoted to fusion more than fission, but I believe there is a lot of general expertise on these forums regarding both, so I hope you don't mind if I ask about this here. I came across this article: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1009/S00099/is-the-nuclear-renaissance-dead...
by jsbiff
Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Peak oil conspiracy spreads to compromised military
Replies: 30
Views: 9636

The fisrt study I know on peak oil, was by the DOD during the Nixon admin. About the time US production peaked- circa 1973. Yeah sure when the price doubles reserves increase. But comeon... The says of API 40-60 crude are long gone. Medium grade with sulfur contents over 2% and a 36API are probably...
by jsbiff
Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Peak oil conspiracy spreads to compromised military
Replies: 30
Views: 9636

"Just remember, for every barrel of oil available at an extraction cost <$50/bbl, there are probably two with extraction cost >$50/bbl. " I don't know if this is true or not, but I remember reading an argument somewhere, about geologic resources (oil, metals, other minerals), that generall...
by jsbiff
Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:24 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: plasma recycling plus vapor deposition
Replies: 5
Views: 8652

CVD is used to make the current crop of high-temperature superconductor tapes in just the method you suggest - basically laying down each layer of the ceramic in atomic thicknesses. Am I correct in thinking that, for mass-produced items for which we already have fairly simple processes (like cast-m...
by jsbiff
Thu Sep 02, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Is Mankind ready for "cheap and clean" energy?
Replies: 9
Views: 12655

Unfortunately it is regulated at the consumer who still must pay delivery fees to the one and only local utility. My delivery fee runs about 8 cents per kwh, with the electricity another 8 cents, and I don't expect the delivery fee to go down. I think you're mostly right about the delivery fee, but...
by jsbiff
Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Is Mankind ready for "cheap and clean" energy?
Replies: 9
Views: 12655

In other words, the economic wolves will twist the polywell into a cash cow for their benefit, to the detriment of the consumers of the world. That is, the consumers will benefit just enough to support the trend, the wolves will skim all the gravy. But they will pay taxes, so that will help from an...
by jsbiff
Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:16 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Is Mankind ready for "cheap and clean" energy?
Replies: 9
Views: 12655

Do I think fusion power would bring an end to war and international conflict? No. Do I think it could potentially make the lives of billions of people better, especially the poorest? Maybe However, I also realize it's not a given. Very likely the rich will keep getting richer. . . but just maybe the...
by jsbiff
Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:23 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Industries which would be most likely to profit from fusion?
Replies: 4
Views: 7926

Of course there is aluminum refining. A direct conversion polywell might result in a transportable power plant, to be set up at the mine. This way, the refining could be done at the mine site. This would almost eliminate transport of ore and the attendant costs for trucks and trains and roads, not ...

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