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There also one more I think iirc it harnesses the heat from inside the ground and turned into super steam to run a turbine, which will then produce power.

I believe you're referring to geothermal energy.

I remember hearing there are some cities in British Columbia, Canada that operate on this form of power.
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Like many here have mentioned, I believe putting money into R&D for greater efficiency in harnessing and processing solar energy would be the best bet.

Next one I do not hear of very often is Tidal energy.
Heck, if you could develop the science behind harnessing the energy of the earth's tides in the ocean (which to my knowledge operates nearly 24/7), somehow develop the tech to work even better if there were a tsunami/typhoon/hurricane/cyclone, perhaps you can kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
Save lives, and infrastructure along your coastlines, while gaining a great resource for the every growing needs for energy.

Of course this is just be a pipe dream. redface.gif

FUSION. FUSION. FUSION. The amount of power that we could potentially get from that is far greater. And if I recall correctly you don't have the nasty radiation or meltdown problems to worry about. Why? Because it just dies if it's not maintained. Sadly, it's underfunded so it too will remain a pipe dream.

Your tide harnessing idea isn't great because of the shoreline that would be taken up.
     
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Like many here have mentioned, I believe putting money into R&D for greater efficiency in harnessing and processing solar energy would be the best bet.

Next one I do not hear of very often is Tidal energy.
Heck, if you could develop the science behind harnessing the energy of the earth's tides in the ocean (which to my knowledge operates nearly 24/7), somehow develop the tech to work even better if there were a tsunami/typhoon/hurricane/cyclone, perhaps you can kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
Save lives, and infrastructure along your coastlines, while gaining a great resource for the every growing needs for energy.

Of course this is just be a pipe dream. redface.gif

The other problem, asides from shore space being used up, with tidal is maintainance. That sea water is highly corrosive, and it's a struggle to keep up with it.
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How about developing research into hydrogen power plant/fuel cells... or would this not work?
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Ahh, good I say. Nothing wrong with building a new, safer, more tough one though IMO.
    
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How about developing research into hydrogen power plant/fuel cells... or would this not work?

It would be better spent on fusion, as that's basically an advanced hydrogen powered plant.
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Rivers..I think there is the Ocean you can consider also lol.

Nuclear can be replaced, it would take time to get other measures in place, Germany has done it already so I see no problem, the problem is that some are not even willing to try but I cannot go into that as its political.

I think after this Japan may even consider moving forward with greener/safer technologies.

Meh. Last I knew Germany had BIG problems in electrical power generation as the Green Party had basically outlawed any kind of power generation...resulting in Germany buying a majority of their electricity from the nuclear plants o'er in France.
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Good move, nothing wrong with looking at alternatives and something safer.

"something safer" Short of a catastrophic event (like japan), nuclear power has so many safety regulations to keep it hazard free and running smoothly. And still, it's not like the powerplant exploded and leveled the city or has/will kill tens of thousands of people.

gaaa. Between the green hippies who want inefficient windmills and solar power and now all the people crapping bricks because a nuclear plant was effected by a massive earthquake, we're gonna be back in the stoneage before you know it.
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Solar isnt quite as clean as people think when you look at the entire life cycle of it

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One thing i wonder is how much more efficent a nuclear plant would be if built today, alot of plants are only around 33% efficient so i figure there is a lot more untaped energy there, perhaps building more efficient turbines would be a good start.
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Nuclear is the perfect green energy. New reactors are nearly flawless.
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