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PostPosted: Oct 19, 2015 3:27 am 
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http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NP-Sw ... OKdo.twitt
In marked contrast to Germany, the Swiss have taken a rational decision on nuclear power. They will continue to use the existing assets to their full value. Even when no further nuclear construction is undertaken, this policy needs to be followed. Are the US utilities equally sensible in closing reactors in face of cheap gas temporary opportunity?


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PostPosted: May 22, 2017 5:40 pm 
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PostPosted: May 23, 2017 3:16 am 
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For a differing Swiss opinion on the phasing out of their nuclear power, which currently makes about 35% of their electricity, the ' Cold Showers with Doris ' website is pretty trenchant. ( Doris Leuthardt is the politician who has been shepherding the Swiss ' Energiewende ' through their parliament.) Google translate does a good job of it.
http://kaltduschenmitdoris.ch/


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PostPosted: May 28, 2017 1:26 am 
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I feel like moving to ,all of above, camp.
Nuclear is the best concentrated power production outside the NRC area.
Wind could be the best distributed power production. Use of pneumatic will add value to it.
Solar with storage is being recognised as a good distributed production, best as rooftop power. It is most economically used direct from the battery for electronics and lighting.
Natural gas, bio gas and syngas are best options for heating and fuel cells.
Let there be horses for the courses.
MSR could be a good nuclear option.


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PostPosted: Jul 08, 2017 2:51 pm 
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jagdish wrote:
I feel like moving to ,all of above, camp.
Nuclear is the best concentrated power production outside the NRC area.
Wind could be the best distributed power production. Use of pneumatic will add value to it.
Solar with storage is being recognised as a good distributed production, best as rooftop power. It is most economically used direct from the battery for electronics and lighting.
Natural gas, bio gas and syngas are best options for heating and fuel cells.
Let there be horses for the courses.
MSR could be a good nuclear option.


For a lot of reasons, none of these options is easily feasible in Switzerland, besides perhaps home roof solar pv and biogas or liquid bio-fuels, that is anyway very limited for a such small country. It isn't a windy nor a too sunny country, it basically has no widespread natural gas infrastructure and on the other hand they heavily rely on electricity even in the home heating needs (mostly still resistance heating and only ground source heat pumps in recent years). Considering the likely spread of electric vehicles, things are going to get worse


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PostPosted: Jul 09, 2017 7:46 am 
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The nuclear phase-out in Switzerland will ultimately mean higher CO2 emissions for the country, which is contrary to aims of the Paris climate agreement, because widespread use of renewables (wind or solar) is not feasible in Switzerland and the use of hydro power is already maxed out. It will lead to higher electricity imports for the Swiss, perhaps much coming from German lignite fired power plants. Or the Swiss will have to build new gas fired power plants.


Quite an achievement for the Greens in Switzerland, to put it sarcastically.


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PostPosted: Jul 09, 2017 12:04 pm 
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The Swiss have already shown good sense in not closing the running nuclear prematurely. By the end of life of the present fleet, the Russians will probably have mastered the recycling the used fuel in fast reactors. I hope that they make use of it rather than bothering about the disposal of used fuel.


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PostPosted: May 01, 2018 2:50 pm 
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jagdish wrote:
I feel like moving to ,all of above, camp.

That is another name for “Let’s all become Serfs Camp”. Buffered wind and solar, as needed for grid compatibility, have too low an Energy Returned on Energy Invested to support a middle class civilization.
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