Tyler Ludens wrote:I would like to see nuclear discussed without comparing it to coal. Comparing a bad thing to another bad thing is not a great endorsement of the thing, in my opinion.
Except for the express purpose of deactivating existing nuclear waste, I see no benefit in atomic power, at this point in my life.
Eric Hanson wrote: As I stated earlier, I grew up not far from a PWR and regularly went canoeing on the lake and streams that provided coolant to the reactor. This was a most welcome bit of natural "wilderness" in the middle of the Central Illinois prairie now turned into corn forests. Wilderness basically does not exist in Central Illinois except for a pocket here and there. The waterways around the local nuclear plant were one of these few, precious patches of "wilderness" and were not contaminated or radioactive. I thoroughly enjoyed them and have wonderful childhood memories of canoeing up a creek that looked like pristine nature (though of course it was surrounded by corn fields--I am sure that the pesticides on those corn fields did more damage than any of the fuel at the power plant).
Chris Kott wrote:And sorry, Bob. I should have specified what I meant by post-steam.
I would like to know if there's a fuel cell analogue in the future for nuclear, wherein a fission-specific material absorbs the radiation directly and produces electricity, like solar energy hitting a solar panel. I want to know if it will be possible to eliminate the heat cycle. Does fission require the release of heat, or is that a detectible and easily-used byproduct? Consequently, could fission generate electricity without heat, and wouldn't that be more efficient and safer, requiring reactions on a much smaller scale?
Largely just spitballing, but I would genuinely like to know.
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