Nuclear offers best option
Monday, February 11, 2019
I am tired of Democratic presidential hopefuls and their clean energy nonsense. Windmills and solar panels are generally a waste of time and money. Windmills don’t turn when there is no wind and solar panels don’t work when there is no sun. In each case 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.
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 personally worked in many nuclear submarine reactor spaces and I don’t light up and glow in the dark. Our pressured 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 an even 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 generates no radioactive byproducts. Isn’t that a more erstwhile endeavor to invest in, rather than playing Don Quixote with windmills? Fusion reactors would serve us quite well until the development of matter-antimatter reactors, about 100 to 150 years into the future. Let’s broaden our horizons.