Nuclear Energy

A bag of 20 years of condensed musings:

A [current] nuclear physical power station is a very expensive and dangerous Kettle.

The steam [super heated] forces its way along high pressure piping and pushes a rotor turbine that spins the core of a number of big heavy cylindrical magnets that excite and line drive the electrons contained in spools of cooper wire. [That the paid unemployed could easily peddle to easily match the energy output of the steam, in lazily geared static cycles with a choice between upright and recumbent working sessions] [Joke – Romanian temporary workers could be paid to do it instead]

The steam is produced by fissile [overloaded neutron emitting] atom material compounded into a semi-stable metal. So long as the ‘rods’ of metal [isotopic / radioactive] are kept cooled they only emit / radiate Heat. However their natural state and desire objective [in physical terms] is to become liquid and fiercely hot. Hot enough to melt cobolt / carbide steel, concrete [no matter how thick] and the rock below of even Granite that it will melt and sink down through towards the core of the gravitational centre of the planet. This safe but odd madness is only thwarted by the dense metallic liquids interaction with the majority and ever present water layers on Earth. As soon as super hot meets underground super cool liquid water a high pressure violent exchange takes place. Boiling water diffuses the liquid amalgam into itself to make a superheated expanding metallic isotope in steam that heads for the weakest direction available – Up and into the local [and rotating] atmosphere...

[In order to prevent the above scenario, a material is place under the melted rods that adds to the mix to create another amalgam to re-solidify the melted rods to prevent the down – The hope is that only a dead zone will remain.]

Nuclear power stations for safety reasons are located next to reliable sources of water. This for scenic availability is mostly not located around elevated lakes but at sea level. In the case of Hinkley, on the Severn with all of its tidal bores.

As we all know [and agree] climate change is accelerating exponentially faster than predictions after [hesitant conservative political nervous scientific prediction] and again. The likely hood of a [beyond design limit] storm surge occurring during the lifetime of the plant [is looking likely early and multiple] above chance and has entered an obvious multiple events status. The first month of a 0.5-4 meters of residing sea water above the station ground level will [ironically] cause a runaway heating event that will kill the power station but remain like [malaria] ready and untouchable for another eruption as a second tide swamps the uncontained core, again and again leaking radioactive water throughout the Severn, making the entire coastline uninhabitable. The Southern Irish coastline will be similarly affected. Long-shore northern – you get my drift. The French will also want us to sign another treaty for British money or resources whichever is the best Franco currency of that day facto economy of value. And that’s just Hinkley.

Nuclear power stations cost a lot of money in three ways: 1. The build requirements are complex and intensely expensive. 2. The operation costs require high salaries for highly qualified operators of all types and redundant fail safes are the most expensive insurance premiums known [even beyond space & submarine requirements] to governments / tax payers. 3. Decommissioning amounts to an average [irrespective of corporate short-term abandonment practice] of a third of the cost of station life span. The revenues collected from sales is the only variable – is it to be set at unit level or included in offset costs? This has never occurred. Unit price has been held below costs [justified by first innovative endeavour and now clean / green [ironic] value.]

Back in 1970 the knowledge, science and engineering ability was in place and ready for a tidal energy development drive but fossil fuel money and power had the ear of the governments and they liked all of the numbers for nuclear.

The problem with perpetual designs is that once set up they become un-invoicible on a monthly basis for supplies. Gillette’s ever lasting razor blade. Puncture proof tyres [only used by the military]. The [prevented] solution to the false problem of the perpetual static rotating engine. Midi-generators in cars rather than limited battery packs. The list is endless. Everlasting light-bulbs to Richard Dyson threatening to eliminate vacuum bag sales. I wonder if the cyclonic bagless vacuum cleaner would have emerged, if Dyson was offered a pay off in the face of a hundred balaclavered mercenary scopes option 2? [Gillette style plus]

Nuclear power is dangerous, a liability in climate change and silly expensive with a double dangerous long-term danger and a final [almost continuous] expense for private corporations to ensure their parasitic grip upon the tax payer via gullible and weak government occupied by unqualified, untrained, expertless minds of the political types. People whose [almost all] only ability is to make an argument clearly put out no matter how [wrong] or [biased] to gain power and once they have gained power the politician is handed the wheel of Ark Royal with absolutely no idea, training or ability to govern. A politician [in the main] [even the motivated ideal national loyalist] is exactly like giving Mrs O from Acorn antiques, the keys to number 10. Or worse Mrs O has ambitions for ‘himself’ in the job.

The big key is the circle of expert loyalists, loyal to the key objectives that are willing to advise and run with the cabinet agreed objectives and an impartial [and a keenly adaptive civil service] or a top down reshuffle by a civil loyalist supporter.

Energy has to be the best plan for a Long-Term Safe Supply that is cost effective.