Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm
And again...compare that to the amount it will cost to replace all the cars with electric...and to upgrade all the power grids to handle the increased load. Or do the same with hydrogen and build pipe lines and depots for it. If this process could make diesel fuel or close enough...you could have a few plants running 24/7 making fuel out of water for pennies on the dollar most likely.
Though the discussion wasn't even about using nuclear for electricity...the last I heard the average cost per kw/hour was $.11 in the US....not $.06. Then you throw in the newer plant processes that produce less waste...I think it is a bit cheaper than you are thinking. They virtually cannot melt down. If people could get over that myth we could start having home furnaces running tiny thorium reactors or something really revolutionary. Its the start up costs to build a reactor that is the biggest hurdle. They can cost well over $10 billion to build these days. Though if they could become more common place...they would come down in price.
The major con of solar panels is that they only work when the sun shines on them.
Though if you look at the sources of that report...they don't look that good. Most of them are about upgrading or building new reactors and we all know that is expensive. Plus others are just going off something not really related.
Market value for electricity in the area where nuclear is use is between 6 to 9 cents a kilowatt. The real cost in producing nuclear from NEW plants is close to 8 dollars a kilowatt.
There is simply no "one" way to fix our power problems. Nuclear is currently at the bottom of the heap when it comes to cost vs management.
I am going to have to ask for proof now.
Prove the following statements.
"you could have a few plants running 24/7 making fuel out of water for pennies on the dollar most likely."
"When you throw in the newer plant processes that produce less waste...I think it is a bit cheaper than you are thinking. They virtually cannot melt down."
Solar only works during the daytime, which means you are going to not only have a lot of them, but make the world more efficient at using that power.
The original article is simply a way to produce fuel if you are not worrying about the extra cost and extra energy consumption.
Honda currently has solar powered hydrogen charging stations for the Honda FCX that can do 2 kg of hydrogen in 24 hours, which is about 140 miles of driving per day.