Saturday, November 20, 2010

Brian Wang Hosts Carnival of Nuclear Energy #28

The 28th edition of the Carnival of the Nukes is being hosted at NextBigFuture. Here is a small sample:

1. Canadian Energy Issues - Nuclear subsidizes gas and renewables in Ontario: an inquiry into the price of political correctness

Natural gas has been cheap so far this year, and the wind and sun are "free." In spite of this, Ontario gas-fired and wind/solar generators still can't operate without enormous cost recovery payments from Ontario electricity rate-payers. In this post, Steve Aplin demonstrates that the province's three nuclear plants are generating most of the electricity and hence most of the revenue that covers the cost recovery payments to gas and renewables.

2. Idaho Samizdat - Patrick Moore ratchets up the rhetoric

When Patrick Moore first got started with his
Clean & Safe Energy Coalition to promote nuclear energy, his target was a nexus of green groups that opposed it. However, in an interview and in a recent speech to the nuclear industry in Cleveland, Moore came across as an astute analyst of financial and technology issues which are emerging as far much more formidable challenges to the nuclear renaissance

3. ANS Nuclear Cafe submission to the carnival: Dan Yurman interviews Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi, the United Arab

Emirates (UAE) Permanent Representative to the International Atomic

Energy Agency (IAEA).

In December 2009, the UAE awarded a $20 billion contract to a consortium of South Korean firms to build four nuclear reactors on a remote desert location along the Persian Gulf. The Ambassador, who has been personally involved in key milestones of the UAE's nuclear energy assessment, discusses the background of the UAE nuclear deal, the use of nuclear for desalinization, why nuclear was chose for the energy path forward, why solar could not provide the necessary base load requirements, key factors in the contract award, and the 1-2-3 agreement with the United States.

The UAE new build is one of the fastest moving nuclear energy programs on the planet after China. Other countries will be following the UAE’s progress with interest to take home lessons learned from their experience.

4. Yes Vermont Yankee provides a post by guest blogger Cavan Stone, " Where Does Our Energy Come From" He discusses the DOE Wind Integration Report and the lack of energy storage. After we get 20% of our electricity from intermittent renewables, where does the other 80% come from?

5. Nuclear Green has Solar Photovoltaics are not Competitive with Nuclear Power

An Energy from Thorium member, Cyril R, provided me with a link to a new web page that charts the performance of Germany's installed Photovoltaic capacity. This link provides some measures of how well German PV is performing on a real time and daily basis. For example, it is currently 2:28 PM on November 20, 2010. Germany's 15.17 GWs of installed PV capacity is currently producing 1.8 GWs of electricity, already well past its peak output for today. 1.8 GWs of electrical output, is 12% of installed capacity, and that already represents a substantial drop from the system maximum noon time power output. Another grafh on the same web page indicates that no power was generated before 7:30 AM German time this morning, and power output will be back to zero by 4:15 PM this afternoon. Thus electrical output German PV is anticipated for less than 1/3rd of today

Wind and solar are almost total duds, in terms of "bang for the buck." Green advocates of wind and solar are making epochal fools of themselves by embracing carbon hysteria, and going so far out on the limb for wind and solar. Such ludicrous posturing as you see at their websites speaks ill of both their education and their breeding.... I could go on and on in that vein, but it simply feels too good to do so, and since I am currently observing the holy month of Lentadan (a convergence of Lent and Ramadan in my spiritual practise), I must desist.



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