Here's some thoughts and information on Nuclear Power. I have discussed many time on this blog about nuclear power, so people following my blog will know I am a pro nuclear power advocate.
Nuclear power started out from projects related to the atomic bomb and the technologies we kept where the ones that could provide material for bomb making. This situation created many of the anti-nuclear movement we now see.
It is now time to enter a second stage of nuclear power, some call it the nuclear renaissance. This paradigm shift is starting to get into high gear as we see all over the world.
We now hear about new nuclear technologies based on Thorium, which cannot be used to make bombs and are creating less "waste" than the popular fission of uranium in the generation 1 and 2 power station. We are starting to install generation 3 and soon generation 4 nuclear power, which burn more cleanly and with even more security than before.
We also hear about new smaller, modular nuclear reactor that could be installed safely around the world to provide clean, stable power to 2 billion people with no access to electricity. Those modular power station could also provide power to remote locations around the world, removing the need of long, costly power lines by providing power to where is it needed.
Access to clean water worldwide is becoming a problem that nuclear based desalination will resolve. This process consist of removing salt from sea water to provide clean water. We will never run out of water worldwide.
There is also talks of "recycling" dirty coal power plants by removing the coal burners by those small modular nuclear reactors and re-using the electric generation section of the coal plant.
In October 2009 there was a conference hosted by Mondo Energy: The Truth About Nuclear Energy
Here's a playlist I made of the conference videos. Most of them makes a lot of senses to me, except for some little things that are not worthy of discussion.
It is also worth mentioning that next week, Jan 25 to Jan 29 is National Nuclear Science Week. Right during my 45 birthday ;-) There you will find some good material on everything nuclear.
Also, stop by my two favorite nuclear blogger: Rod Adams and John Wheeler.
Happy nuclear renaissance to all.