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Andreja Gligorijevic (Little Upsilon)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 12:09 am Click here to edit this post
WoW - HOW did I miss this?!?!

I'm so sorry but I do not have the time now to go through things very carefully, but here are a few things that jumped out at me:

Photovoltaic efficiency: ~41% (BEST EVER)

In practice, however, the production processes required to produce anything of >20% efficiency are inapplicable to mass production, especially since mirrored-solar farms are much better use of space.

Nuclear power: whether fisson or fusion, one part is very sadly, overlooked. Unlike a gas or coal reactor, you cannot crank up, or ratchet down production. That means, what you produce, you produce, period. Why is that important? Well, electricity is a very problematic resource (and this is what I LOVE about SC), namely the only ONE, where supply MUST equal demand, or the system crashes. For all intents and purposes, electric power CANNOT be stored (in any meaningful quantity). So, a country, in principle, will have a huge problem if it is 100% nuclear - that meaning, that at peak usage, all your power comes from nuclear power plants. Which of course, means that at any time that is not peak, you have to "burn" your electricity otherwise it'll "burn" your grid. That is the problem facing france today, they actually sell their electricity at a loss, just so their nuclear plants do not shut down. Hmm... a utility selling anything at a loss, is not a good thing to have. Worse yet, the tab is picked up by the tax payer. And, lets not forget, even France, is far from 100% nuclear.

Another thing about the so called "Hot Fusion" vs "Cold Fusion" debate. The amount of money invested in Hot fusion, and over a prolonged period of time, has resulted in more and more complexity of the projects, and in scale. Yes, a hot-fusion reactor HAS achieved unity. Big deal, it took 20 years, at Trillions per year; not a good investment, as they're only putting out, what they're putting in. Oh, forgot to mention, that's on the nano-second scale.
Cold Fusion, however, is feasible, but it doesn't really consist of fusion per se, but, it's energy output is quite impressive, although so far, it's only created heat - but that's all you need to transform energy to other forms.

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