Someone has to use PV solar NOW to make it come down in price for the future. I have had a solar powered house since 1997, and it was practical then and it is practical now in our NEW house.
Nuclear, on the other hand, is capable of contaminating large areas of the earth with just one incident, visa vis Chernoble, 1988. THey were having a sale on reindeer skins in Sweden in 1988, because thousands and thousands of their domestic reindeer had to be slaughtered because of radiation contamination from the Russian accident.
I think it is unconscionable to let our descendants inherit a planet powered by Nukes. It will poison the earth for 500,000 years, and probably outlast the human race. So yes, if you want to LOSE the human race, build Nuclear Power plants and wait.
There is no help for those who have had their heads buried in oil sand for the past forty years, or perhaps been born too late to hear about Chernobyl, THree Mile Island, etc,, Go rent the movie The China Syndrome, which was coincidentally just making the rounds of theaters when the Harrisburg plant went down. Most of us got a heads-up then. BUt some always keep their head down.
Gosh , I didnt know that I couldn't use PV solar power at night. Thanks for the tip, Ken. And here I have been watching Jay Leno for twelve years in my solar powered house and sending out emails at night and all this time I had no idea. Wow. That's really something! Just goes to show how much smarter WASP males are than womenfolk.
In the current form, No. Why? Because the only way that someone will put 7-10 billion or more into a nuclear power plant is if they are guaranteed a market. Under the previous rate-of-return regulatory rules, utilities wanted to build nuclear power plants. Under the current free market regulatory rules, no utility will build a nuclear power plant.
It will certainly be competitive when Obama puts in Cap and trade. Nuclear give off no CO2
Areva , a French company, is building two uranium enrichment plants in this country. Why would they do that if there is no Uranium to enrich? Why not build them in Canada? Why would another French company buy up the biggest Nuclear power plants on the east coast. If there are nonnuclear options then why aren't the french taking them?
A LFTR reactor would need materials research for sure but it should not take that long to figure out which metals are best. most likely hastelloy and other metals not available during the 1960's
Science is just not always right? Of course not, but you better do the math on anything you try. I never mete you before. why would it matter if I was the same guy?
The price dropping has to do with a lot of other people not doing the math in the financial sector. It seems the price was supported by all the speculation on the price and the demand placed on it by the economy. Who were the speculators? That would be all those people with a 401 k and other institutional investors. Home mortgages taken by people the banks knew could not pay them back and the banks then buying insurance on these that had no backing. The selling the crap to other suckers and taking the profit and running.
How is this a condemnation on not doing math? or of science?
No, it is not. Renewable energy sources are a better choice. And they can sit on our highways and collect solar energy. They can plug into our highways as a grid. It can be a fault tolerant, distributed solution that brings many ideas together. So why would we want a nuclear solution? It is the opposite of a distributed, fault tolerant risk. That we might need a few plants to tune the system is different. Check out Solar Roadways.
You still need spinning reserves for when the sun does not shine or when the wind does not blow. Or a really big battery( which is just as or more costly than a power plant and more polluting to produce). A smart grid only helps to cut people off when you are near the edge. The utility still has to pay for the spinning reserve unless you are prepared to have people get their ac and other high load devices cut off at anytime the big o utility feels like it then the smart grid does almost nothing to help.
I would hate to be one one of those solar power highways when a cloud goes over or on a rainy morning. Since it is distributed system the extra power could not be transmitted from afar unless you connect them with larger wires . then where is the saving then?
YOu can build smaller distributed reactors as well and get a more reliable system