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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2015 12:11 pm 
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I plan to build a hydrogen production and bottling facility in the Namib Desert in Namibia, using safe, green nuclear energy, such as LFTR, to generate hydrogen from the adjacent Atlantic Ocean by elecrtolysis.The hydrogen will be shipped to market by robotic submarines.

What should I expect my marginal cost per unit of hydrogen to be in future years when the technology has matured?

Is there any reason to doubt that this can be done profitably in a few decades?


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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2015 12:26 pm 
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....what?


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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2015 2:55 pm 
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Namibia is the country in Africa bordering the Atlantic between Angola and South Africa. Most of its landmass is comprised of the Namib Desert, which is almost devoid of population. Namibia has deposits of thorium and as well as uranium.

The idea is to generate hydrogen for the nascent California fuel cell auto market, by electrolysis, powered, eventually, by LFTRs but initially by concentrated solar; the Namid averages 300 days of subtropical sunshine annually.

An unpopulated desert avoids NIMBY issues for new "scary" industry.

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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2015 3:19 pm 
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You want to ship hydrogen all the way to California from Namibia? You will never be able to compete with local SMRs using shale gas.

If you are willing to go to all this expense there is all the demand of Africa to supply too - 1100kV DC makes 3000km+ electricity moves economic.


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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2015 3:55 pm 
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E Ireland wrote:
You want to ship hydrogen all the way to California from Namibia? You will never be able to compete with local SMRs using shale gas.

If you are willing to go to all this expense there is all the demand of Africa to supply too - 1100kV DC makes 3000km+ electricity moves economic.


I'm interested in Zero Carbon, and especially encouraging non-carbon fuels.

African demand is fine, also. Robotic (unmanned) ships or subs might hold the transportation cost down.


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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2015 4:22 pm 
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I contemplate submerged submarine passage through the Drakes Passage to avoid the rough seas encountered near the Horn.


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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2015 4:28 pm 
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Ammonia fuel would be OK too, maybe better than hydrogen. Anything Zero Carbon


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