EP# 15: Is Clean Coal A Real Thing

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  • ClimatePonziLie reply I think the LFTR's Thorium fluoride salt reactor program was shut down because it couldn't produce material for the Atomic Bomb. Plutonium is made from U-238. Pu-239 is normally created in nuclear reactors. The DOE/NNSA has federal responsibility for the design, testing and production of all nuclear weapons. I doubt that the LFTR program will be revised as the until we are actually running out of conventional energy or man stops conducting war.
  • ClimatePonziLie reply Natural gas is better suited for home heating, and the supply of natural gas would be depleted much quicker if it is also used for power production over traditional Coal generated power. If you run out of coal it would be easy to use LNG for both heating and power production, but very hard to go the other route of using Coal to provide the same convenience as LNG for heating. It is most likely that if LNG replaces coal for power generation it won't stay inexpensive for long. Eliminating Coal for electrical energy will also eliminate competition that keeps the price of your home heating fuel competitive. Not to forget that fracking has the potential to destabilize the ground so when a earth quake happens the ground has been destabilized by the fracking operation so the earthquake could create even more damage.
  • ClimatePonziLie reply Areal Density of solar energy measured in Watts/ SQ meter. Would that be on a roof that can adjust to the right azimuth angle every day of the year and tracks the sun all day long. Some sites give the amounts between 150 to 200 Watts / SQ meter. To power a 1500W Microwave oven in peak sunlight would require 10 SQ meters. There is talk of power storage with batteries are not 100% efficient and they need to be kept heated, vented and Replaced and disposed of safely. If you want to go Solar you will need to store a minimum of 2/3 of the energy produced in the day to power the night. Every time a power source needs to rely on the coal power then it is increasing the cost of the coal power as it is increasing the total cost of the electrical system for everyone. The best current solar power could do is reduce current peak power demand, too bad that doesn't occur in the middle of the day when the sun is at it's highest.
  • Iconoclast reply ClimatePonziLie: All good thoughts and observations. However, I do not think fracking causes as much damage to deep structures, enough to cause earthquakes, like many fear. The only report I could find on that came up with something like 1.1 million fracking wells caused possibly 8 minor quakes. To me, not much risk ... but I'm no geologist.
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