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by rc1111
Jan 27, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: United States
Topic: US House of Representatives and Fast Reactors
Replies: 3
Views: 2702

US House of Representatives and Fast Reactors

The US House of Representatives just passed a bill outlining DOE Science Guidelines, and included is new research into building a new fast neutron reactor... The bill is likely no more than recommendations.
by rc1111
Jan 17, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Political, Industrial, Organizational Developments
Topic: Trump Energy Secretary
Replies: 118
Views: 27753

Re: Trump Energy Secretary

For what its worth, remember, the word thorium is actually in the republican platform. Of course molten salt reactors were also in Romney's Promise to America...
by rc1111
Sep 10, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kirk on the internet
Replies: 3
Views: 3200

Kirk on the internet

Not sure if this is already posted but here is another article about Kirk and LFTRs
http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/10/could ... clear-age/
by rc1111
Aug 20, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: Russia
Topic: Putin Asks For ‘Coordinated Position’ On Use Of Thorium
Replies: 2
Views: 2878

Re: Putin Asks For ‘Coordinated Position’ On Use Of Thorium

We will get there some day... Meanwhile I heard one energy policy being proposed for the USA as "One billion solar panels on rooftops." Makes me dizzy from lack of thermodynamics and economics.
by rc1111
Aug 12, 2016 11:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need Some Help Helping LFTR and Nuclear Energy Overall
Replies: 29
Views: 8244

Re: Need Some Help Helping LFTR and Nuclear Energy Overall

One final note about Eugene P. Wigner, and I will stop. Wigner was a uniquely brilliant scientist with a breath of contributions among the best of all time. One has to remember the time period over which he was contributing value with the things he did. Astonishing! He actually was trained initially...
by rc1111
Aug 11, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need Some Help Helping LFTR and Nuclear Energy Overall
Replies: 29
Views: 8244

Re: Need Some Help Helping LFTR and Nuclear Energy Overall

Let's stay anonymous in such a public forum. I like invisibility. Being older, I got to meet many of my heroes in several areas of science and engineering. They were giants in any book, mostly amazing people and only a few grouches. And I got to serve on some national scientific groups within AIP an...
by rc1111
Aug 11, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need Some Help Helping LFTR and Nuclear Energy Overall
Replies: 29
Views: 8244

Re: Need Some Help Helping LFTR and Nuclear Energy Overall

E. Ireland -- great catch. Obviously the quarks in protons are a product of a very brief period after the Big Bang, and some time during that first 370-380 million years before the electrons could clear up the fog and the forces separate there are very good models of just about everything except inf...
by rc1111
Aug 10, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need Some Help Helping LFTR and Nuclear Energy Overall
Replies: 29
Views: 8244

Re: Need Some Help Helping LFTR and Nuclear Energy Overall

For all those who are adamantly anti-nuclear, I heard something today that really struck a chord. It is something we all know but I had just not heard it said so succinctly. It was in a text message from a distinguished nuclear physicist and dear colleague. It says so much, and is unforgettable: "Ev...
by rc1111
Jul 15, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Germany
Topic: News from the German department of I-told-you-so
Replies: 215
Views: 44491

Re: News from the German department of I-told-you-so

But in its most recent year, CO2 emission went up. Not a very good solution and a huge waste of value. There are far better strategies.
by rc1111
May 17, 2016 12:01 am
Forum: Energy Issues and Technologies
Topic: Is solar energy use increasing exponentially?
Replies: 54
Views: 18583

Re: Is solar energy use increasing exponentially?

We may never know the usefulness of tidal forces because funding and subsidies have been disproportionately allocated to wind, solar, and biomass. That is the puzzling question of the moment, why? One of the old companies I worked for built the biggest solar power planet of its time and it achieved ...
by rc1111
May 15, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Energy Issues and Technologies
Topic: Is solar energy use increasing exponentially?
Replies: 54
Views: 18583

Re: Is solar energy use increasing exponentially?

I am continually amazed at the fervor for renewables in the face of evidence of insufficiency to the contrary. I guess research and projects follows the political direction defined by funding and subsidies and the professors follow the grants and promotions from publications. Heck, I used to do rese...
by rc1111
May 14, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: Energy Issues and Technologies
Topic: Is solar energy use increasing exponentially?
Replies: 54
Views: 18583

Re: Is solar energy use increasing exponentially?

Different analyses point out a dramatically different picture. Using EIA data the Manhattan Institute reaches a different conclusion. The real reduction in the USA's CO2 emission has far more to do with natural gas and fracking technology -- by a huge margin. A quote from a recent report (www.manhat...
by rc1111
May 09, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: Energy Issues and Technologies
Topic: Is solar energy use increasing exponentially?
Replies: 54
Views: 18583

Re: Is solar energy use increasing exponentially?

Well, the data is in for a major EU country with massive implementation of wind and solar. It did manage to make an impact on CO2 emissions... CO2 emitted increased (as in: it emitted more rather than less) compared to the prior year.
by rc1111
May 02, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Energy Issues and Technologies
Topic: Top 11 Problems Plaguing Solar And Wind Power
Replies: 77
Views: 31294

Re: Top 11 Problems Plaguing Solar And Wind Power

Very interesting... but complicated. I like the Faraday cage type insulation idea but still worry about putting more and more power down fewer and fewer lines. Failures happen. I don't know enough about power transmission to discuss the options. A major power company engineer told me our current gri...