No More Ignorance

January 26, 2007

Nuclear Power and Global Warming

Filed under: Global Warming — Fadi Ayat @ 10:58 pm

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Dr. Arjun Makhijani

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In spite of the press articles to the contrary, the self-proclaimed “nuclear renaissance” is no solution to the global warming problem, and is likely to create even worse nuclear proliferation problems than we currently have with Iran and North Korea, says Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research of Takoma Park, Maryland.

Dr. Makhijani details the failings of nuclear power, and why we should be pursuing a radically different energy future.

Hosted by David Kraft, Director, Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS.

This program was produced by Chicago Access Network TV (CAN TV).

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1 Comment »

  1. SOLAR, NOT NUCLEAR

    In many parts of the world, including the US, there is a simple mature technology available that can deliver huge amounts of clean energy without any of the headaches of nuclear power.

    I refer to ‘concentrating solar power’ (CSP), the technique of concentrating sunlight using mirrors to create heat, and then using the heat to raise steam and drive turbines and generators, just like a conventional power station. It is possible to store solar heat in melted salts so that electricity generation may continue through the night or on cloudy days. This technology has been generating electricity successfully in California since 1985 and half a million Californians currently get their electricity from this source. CSP plants are now being planned or built in many parts of the world.

    CSP works best in hot deserts, but it is feasible and economic to transmit solar electricity over very long distances using highly-efficient ‘HVDC’ transmission lines. With transmission losses at about 3% per 1000 km, solar electricity may be transmitted to anywhere in the US. A portion of the Mojave desert would be sufficient to meet the entire current US demand for electricity.

    In the recent ‘TRANS-CSP’ report commissioned by the German government, it is estimated that CSP electricity, imported from North Africa and the Middle East, could become one of the cheapest sources of electricity in Europe, including the cost of transmission. A large-scale HVDC transmission grid has also been proposed by Airtricity as a means of optimising the use of wind power throughout Europe.

    Cheap and plentiful solar electricity could make hydrogen more of a reality for transport – the electrolysis of water becomes nearly carbon-free. And electric cars become more viable.

    Further information about CSP may be found at http://www.trec-uk.org.uk and http://www.trecers.net . Copies of the TRANS-CSP report may be downloaded from http://www.trec-uk.org.uk/reports.htm . The many problems associated with nuclear power are summarised at http://www.mng.org.uk/green_house/no_nukes.htm .

    Comment by Robert Palgrave — January 27, 2007 @ 10:00 am | Reply


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