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  • Lets go Nuclear!!!

    With the never ending price of gas just climbing everytime you pull into the gas station, maybe it's time to take another look at Ford's idea for the "MOBILE CHERNOBYL"....http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=656

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    If you catch the end...."The Navy's perfect Record of nuclear safety" is only due to the most intense schooling and tightest maintenance and testing requirements in the world. If you look at other countries records....Not so good.

    While I am an ex-Navy Nuke....And I love Nuclear power for electrical powerplants....Not in cars. :P

    At least not in the current steam power configuration...The required maintenance would be too demanding and consequences/expenses to severe if not followed.

    Now....If they could finalize the details of direct release reactors...where neutrons actually interact with a "material" and cause massive electron release...that would make for one wicked electric powered car. :o

    Very cool subject...I get geeked thinking about it.

    Seth
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    • #3
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      A big nuclear plant used to recharge electric cars (or possibly generate hydrogen to power ICE or fuel cell cars) is the probably the closest we'll ever get.

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        Jim haven't they about stopped new nuclear power plants?

        freaking weenies...

        K

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          Keith -
          We live about 15 miles from a nuke plant and get most of our power from it (Brunswick - 2 reactors). There have been serious negotiations for the past year or so to expand it by adding another reactor. The price of fossil fuels and the resultant changing political atmosphere seem to make this at least a possibility. According to our local news reports, ours isn't the only plant looking at this as a potential solution. I'm pretty comfortable with them, with my sole reservation being the storage of the waste. Hopefully they'll come up with a way to reprocess the stuff and make more usable energy from it - but we're not there yet. I think the possibility of the plant going BOOM is fairly small.

          Dan

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          • #6
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            My buddy Pat works for a company that designs some of the systems used in those plants.

            He's a busy guy.

            They are getting built in locations all over the world...just not a the pace they should be here.

            Brian
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              Originally posted by squirrel
              A big nuclear plant used to recharge electric cars (or possibly generate hydrogen to power ICE or fuel cell cars) is the probably the closest we'll ever get.
              I'd like to see a mini-nuclear power plant in place of the Gasoline refineries built soley to produce Hydrogen for our fuel needs.
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                I've looked at the NRC, AWS, ASNT, and ASME stuff on inspections required for nuclear stuff... I'm not worried about the equimpent, I'm worried about the monkeys in the control room. There have been a lot of talk about putting them on military bases to make them easier to gaurd but I'm not sure most of our bases have enough room for that kind of a plant or on a river needed for the cooling water.
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                  They stopped putting in nuclear plants in the 80s (the one in Arizona, Palo Verde, was the last one and was built in the early 80s) but there seems to be a lot of talk about getting to work on some new ones. It won't be easy!
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                    There has been a lot of talk in the last year about one being planned for Amarillo.

                    http://www.amarillo.com/stories/0316..._9881987.shtml
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                    • #11
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                      Reminds me of the "Mr. Fusion" in a certain Delorean, circa 1985....
                      It's really no different than trying to glue them back on after she has her way.

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                        Yeah, a movie prop.....too bad you can't really get energy out of movie props.

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                        • #13
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                          Its simple: we need reactors.

                          As far as them not being safe in cars-- people used to think all kinds of things (and some still do). For example, people used to have the perception that travelling at the rate of one mile per minute (60 mph) would tear your skin off. People also believed that gasoline was extremely explosive, and too dangerous to carry around in the tank of a car going as fast as 30 mph. You know of any others? I for one think that reactors in cars could be made safe enough, even in the event of a crash.
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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by dagenesta
                            I for one think that reactors in cars could be made safe enough, even in the event of a crash.
                            I agree here, it's a matter of design. There are solid state nuclear heat generators that the nuclear fuel is encased in glass or some other medium so it does not move at all and simply generates heat. The amount of heat needed to generate enough electricity to propel even a large vehicle is no where near what it would take to melt down. Remember grid power plants generate hundreds of Mega-watts, a car would only need a couple hundred Kilo-watts at most. (If I'm using the converter right a 1000HP equals 746Kw). Big difference in scale and threat. Heck there are already several satellites that use nuclear power for electricity, granted those are only 1/2 kilowatt generators usually, but the technology is there to be built upon if it already hasn't been.
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                              It was tryed in aircraft and worked.. A B-36 made 47 successful flights using a one-megawatt reactor before the nuclear test ban treaty, that was in the works put an end to any further development.. This aircraft could be airborne longer then most air crews could withstand...And this was in the late 50's and early 60's before computers could help with design of a smaller reactor..
                              http://www.nuclear.com/history/Nuclear_airplanes.html

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