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by darryl siemer
Sep 07, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Chloride Reactor Design
Topic: TerraPower's molten chloride fast reactor design
Replies: 108
Views: 30632

Re: TerraPower's molten chloride fast reactor design

Since we’re talking about chloride salt-based MSRs here, I've found GAIN's description of the reaction that INL's Fuel Management Complex's experts were to spend Elysium’s voucher money "demonstrating"; i.e., reacting powdered MOX-type fuel with ZrCl4 in a molten NaCl/KCl eutectic to produce a MCSFR...
by darryl siemer
Sep 04, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"
Replies: 122
Views: 28210

Re: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"

....] £5.97/kg in small retail quantities or $7.70/kg (including 20% VAT) It is priced competitively with actual meat, and that makes sense given that it is a meat substitute. I did say, "cheapest I could find", which, here in the USA for real people, not corporations, usually means at Walmart. The...
by darryl siemer
Aug 26, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Chloride Reactor Design
Topic: TerraPower's molten chloride fast reactor design
Replies: 108
Views: 30632

Re: TerraPower's molten chloride fast reactor design

This is good “news” but not really new. Exactly what’s been going on or even the goals of Terrapower’s DOE’s/Southern Company’s collaboration remain as much a secret now as they were two years ago. For instance, is it going to “breed and burn” or be a genuine breeder? There’s a pretty big difference...
by darryl siemer
Aug 21, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"
Replies: 122
Views: 28210

Re: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"

What's "SCP"? Single Cell Protein - like Quorn. Lots of work was done in the 80s during the oil glut, and apparently the Soviet Union was big on it but it stopped during the economic chaos following the collapse of the Soviet Union [quote Lots of people eat single cell protein grown in a fermenter ...
by darryl siemer
Aug 21, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"
Replies: 122
Views: 28210

Re: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"

I am quite optimistic about Generation IV reactors and their ability to produce enough carbon free energy for mankind. Nuclear could replace all coal and gas power plants. Railways could be electrified. I have read some rumors about coming age of electric cars, but I am little bit skeptic about tha...
by darryl siemer
Aug 21, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"
Replies: 122
Views: 28210

Re: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"

I've just GOOGLED "UNIPROTEIN" & found that it can be purchased from AMAZON (India) for "just" $26/kg. It's also apparently a "milk protein" product (probably whey) so the stuff in question probably hasn't changed. For the avoidance of doubt. Unibio.dk It's an SCP product derived from direct fermen...
by darryl siemer
Aug 21, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"
Replies: 122
Views: 28210

Re: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"

I GOOGLED "UP PROTEIN" & of course the first thing that comes up is a string of adds for it. Apparently it's just dried whey - a byproduct of cheese manufacture - that somebody's added some coloring/flavoring to & thereby turned into a $35/kg plus shipping "health food" for yuppies. The people I'm ...
by darryl siemer
Aug 15, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"
Replies: 122
Views: 28210

Re: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"

I GOOGLED "UP PROTEIN" & of course the first thing that comes up is a string of adds for it. Apparently it's just dried whey - a byproduct of cheese manufacture - that somebody's added some coloring/flavoring to & thereby turned into a $35/kg plus shipping "health food" for yuppies. The people I'm w...
by darryl siemer
Aug 12, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"
Replies: 122
Views: 28210

Re: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since my last post on this topic. None of the papers I'd showed you ended up being accepted/published but I was then asked to write up a chapter for a then-upcoming soil science book describing the hows and whys of my basalt-based geoengineering (carbon dioxi...
by darryl siemer
Nov 22, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Water-Cooled Reactors
Topic: Lightbridge metal fuel
Replies: 11
Views: 4159

Re: Lightbridge metal fuel

Hi again everyone, I don't know if the following proposal has been discussed elsewhere (if it has, I can't find it) so I'll outline it here. Let's kick it around a bit. It invokes RGPU/Thorium burning CANDU reactors utilizing Lightbridge-type metallic fuels. From what I've been able to gather (see t...
by darryl siemer
Mar 16, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Political, Industrial, Organizational Developments
Topic: Trump Energy Secretary
Replies: 118
Views: 27752

Re: Trump Energy Secretary

DOE needs to be cut because much of what it's doing doesn't really have much to do with energy. NNSA should not be a part of DOE - it should be moved to defense The reasons for doing so include 1) it puts the responsibility where it belongs 2) the military has almost infinitely deep pockets 3) it wo...
by darryl siemer
Mar 06, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Political, Industrial, Organizational Developments
Topic: Trump Energy Secretary
Replies: 118
Views: 27752

Re: Trump Energy Secretary

Patching FFTF is another topic... The point is, that the Department of Energy has brought exactly zero commercial reactors to fruition in the United States despite receiving roughly a billion dollars a year in the Nuclear Energy division for many years. They waste resources on a colossal scale, the...
by darryl siemer
Mar 05, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Political, Industrial, Organizational Developments
Topic: Trump Energy Secretary
Replies: 118
Views: 27752

Re: Trump Energy Secretary

... In my opinion, emerging nuclear energy technologies will need the crucial support of the national laboratories and the U.S. Government as development facilities for nuclear technologies cannot be easily provided by the private sector, due to security and regulatory constraints. A new groundbrea...
by darryl siemer
Mar 03, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Political, Industrial, Organizational Developments
Topic: Trump Energy Secretary
Replies: 118
Views: 27752

Re: Trump Energy Secretary

Senate confirms Trump pick Perry as energy secretary The Senate voted... o Democrats wah-wahhed that Perry might cut off some of that glorious government gravy that they live on. Bigger problems than that are waiting for them. There is a rumored 30% cut at DOE that I am hearing about from some frie...
by darryl siemer
Feb 23, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"
Replies: 122
Views: 28210

Re: Another way that MSRs could "save the world"

(Again I’m not afraid... t If you explained how population control is a "killer app" for nuclear power then I'd see no problem with including it in this paper, political correctness be damned. Since this connection between nuclear power and population control is left unexplained then it might be wo...