This is a great article on Molten Solt Reactors if anyone is curious..
What I love about the MSR designs (aside from being meltdown/leak proof) is the fact that because it's using a liquid salt uranium mixture it burns comparatively all the nuclear fuel, compared to today's solid fuel nuclear reactors that only burn about 5% of the nuclear fuel.
It's the ability of the molten salt nuclear fuel to move around the reactor vessel via self-heating/moving flow convection and "mix up" to burn all the fuel leaving no "nuclear waste" practically that makes it truly remarkable.
https://www.knowablemagazine.org/articl ... er-outlook
In retrospect, those 1970s-era nuclear planners would have done well to put serious money back into Oak Ridge’s molten salt program: As developers there tried to point out at the time, the continuous purification approach could have solved both the spent-fuel and proliferation problems at a stroke.
Here in the article they show off the heated up/melted liquid nuclear fuel vs its cooled down solid crystal state.
France is often/usually below 50grams of co2 per KWh
https://www.electricitymap.org/?page=co ... tryCode=FR
But Wind/Solar based Germany or South Australia are often at 400grams of co2 per KWh despite massive installations of Wind/Solar and the most expensive power in the world, and on top they still massively cheat, Germany still has some nuclear and buys a lot of nuclear power over the border from France. South Australia buys a lot of coal power from Victoria's interstate grid.
https://www.electricitymap.org/?page=co ... ode=AUS-SA
https://www.electricitymap.org/?page=co ... tryCode=DE
Like I said in my last post
https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewt ... 5#p1445895
The real-world data shows Wind/Solar just is hopeless of effective lowering of CO2 emissions, pushing it is all for political power and money above sensible effectiveness.
If we were comparing emissions as like with vehicle emitting technology it would be considered a complete JOKE!
https://twitter.com/energybants/status/ ... 1797714944
The other thing I have realized is that while electricity map is SEVERELY tweaked to make Wind/Solar look as good as possible it still fails horribly in persuasion on folks that wind/solar is effective on low co2 emissions because it has to also be truthful to some degree at the end of the day.
For example, Electricity map claims that SA or Victorias total online wind-farm capacity is about 1.5GW and 1.27GW but both states actually have almost 2GW online. Electricitymap is doing everything they can to make Renewables look great and effective but its really the perfect site to show off just how great Nuclear is for fighting co2.
https://www.electricitymap.org/?page=co ... de=AUS-VIC
South Australia 1,929MW
of online-wind farm capacity installed. or 1.929GW
Victoria 1,740MW or 1.74GW
EM deliberately show lower "installed capacity" for both states so that when you see South Australia generating 500MW folks can then go "wow see! thats almost 50% capacity generation", when the wind is actually blowing..
But the reality is when you average it all out like the "France vs Germany" co2 real-world generation chart for the year Wind/Solar above it is just terrible.
So I still love electricitymap all up because it helps people see the real-world data even if its tweaked in Renewables favour, it just can't help hide the truth that wind/solar is a silly waste.
Bill Gates released a new video on social media which is a "thinly veiled" demonstration/speech on how Wind/Solar just wont really do anything to cut co2 emissions because of the real-world industrial complex that makes our lives what it is.
It seems to be a more friendly and popular version of his lash out interview/video that came out last month
On another subject some of the new various 4th nuclear models continue to pass the approval processing system to get their projects built
http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Artic ... an-process
https://twitter.com/TerrestrialMSR/stat ... 4359206912
Salt Is A Pillar Of Our Nuclear Future
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca ... 4d66265d59
So to me next gen nuclear really is the solution and as far as I am concerned Wind/Solar is really just money sucking environmentally damaging garbage that hinders the next generation energy future.
Starcore has also been getting through the approval process, there nuclear is gas cooled based
http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Artic ... rCore-HTGR
Overall these gas-based coolant nuclear reactors are the most creepy because in my little mind its hard idea to accept you can hold a gas, but the more I learn about nuclear the more you understand that the people behind this stuff are very smart and know what they are doing and it's not really dangerous at all.
The interesting thing about StarCore's business model is they want to do EVERYTHING for the customer/state, that is, abosrb the cost of building the reactor, run the reactor, and when its life ends, remove the reactor.
Their whole contract is about just supplying the low carbon MWh's of electricity to the grid that the state buys and not letting the state worry or have to put any upfront costs for anything.
StarCores model is the EXACT opposite of how Wind/Solar works now where ultimately the government pays for the Wind/Solar project to get built and some other private company just comes along and sits there running it and collecting all the subsidy money on top while taking zero risks. No wonder why electricity bills go up so much with the Wind/Solar model we have now.
Even though folks like Bill Gates have now frequently publically lashed out as batteries as being the dumbest solution possible it still struggles to reach the public.
Last month when South Australia needed more power than it could get from any of its sources it turned on diesel generation for about 400MW of power and if you look very carefully you can see that just before they went to diesel same time they discharged ALL of their Tesla battery which is in BLUE colour on this chart
in all of its glory and it almost nothing to help in reality.
But the problem is you can hardly see it. Why? Because grid batteries are comparatively very expensive and can be used up in a tiny
amount of time, if you measure the land footprint of the SA Tesla battery on Googlemaps and extrapolate its size, it would need to be about 50km2 size to be truly useful, and it still doesn't create power it just "holds" power!
Despite it having the BIGGEST lithium battery in the world and despite South Australia being a TINY state of just 1million you need a magnifying glass
to see the Tesla battery total energy grid input in blue colour
on the charts. And this shouldn't be a shock to anyone if it wasn't for the fact the general public are being jam-packed with complete garbage information from broadcast spectrum privileged mainstream media that just makes people dumb, I am so looking forward to mobile 5G crushing the broadcast-media establishment. I am interested in seeing how broadcast media tries to get the general internet banned because its hurting their money and power.
The worlds biggest Tesla battery at 130MWh was discharged for about 4 hours at 30MW, but a grid consuming 3000MW of power (100 times more electricity than the Tesla battery every second) you can't really see the Tesla lithium-ion battery contribution the grid, its 1-blue pixel line, its there if you look real hard.
And this is for a rather low population city/state of little over 1 million people. Bill Gates is very much right to lash out and pretty much say its the dumbest solution possible.
Fact is 3000MW is a medium sized nuclear power-station, SA could have built 1 medium sized nuclear power-station and been the Greenest lowest CO2 state in the entire world, but instead, they have around 10 times MORE co2 emissions and the most expensive electricity in the world compared to a country like Nuclear based France.
If people in SA weren't hurting so bad on power bills and economic destruction of job losses because no one can even afford to operate a cafe due to the energy requirements of a commercial grade coffee machine it would be funny joke.
While the Wind looked pretty good on the SA chart above, there has been the occasional WEEK where South Australia has had almost zero wind blowing, so it's almost all thermal generation emitting co2.