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Can someone answer this for me...?


Nigeyboy 7 540 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2009 12:44PM
Hi all

Got a question that is bothering me!! I read the other day that the Government has agreed to the building of up to 11 new nuclear power stations around the UK. Now, call me cynical but:

11 x Nuclear Power Stations = approx c£100bn
11 x annual running costs of £40m each = c£500m

So my question is this - why? How many wind farms could be built for that kind of money? How many tidal lagoons could be built? Imagine the subsidies that could be offered for PV panels for domestic houses?

If the UK wants to be at the cutting edge of green, carbon neutral power generation would this not be a quicker, easier and safer choice? I am not saying we should have no nuclear power stations, but the balance seems to be wrong here!!

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JohnParminter 8 1.3k 14 England
17 Apr 2009 1:12PM
It's 11 possible sites to build a new Nuclear power Station or stations not 11 in total, one of them being not two miles from my house with a view from my living room window. I live in a very rural area and within the bounds of the Lake District National Park and nether thought I could one day look out onto a Nuclear power station however, I'm not particularly against it though as I have worked in the Nuclear industry (Sellafield is just up the road) and understand their workings and the safety measures that are used in their operation.
Not all the sites will be chosen as there will be ones better suited.

In answer to you rquestion though, I guess thousands and thousands of wind turbines could be built for that money. They'd have to be located somewhere, on hills, offshore??
Good one for debate though.......
John
Coleslaw 10 13.4k 28 Wales
17 Apr 2009 1:13PM
Because windfarms generate too much wind....and it is already windy enough Smile
kaybee 11 4.3k 25 Scotland
17 Apr 2009 1:19PM
Promises (or threats) on the never never .................great how they always give dates to start things outwith their current parliamentay lifespan (like cash back on electric cars - in 2 years. Why not now?)
strawman 11 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2009 1:23PM
Wind farms require too much land area and are not reliable enough. For grid power generation you need a base power system that you can modulate up and down, and demand does not always synch with capability.

Sadly nuclear power is the only option we have at the moment to survive the energy market we face. Fossil fuels are going to rise in price and can we afford the costs we will face in cleaning them up. The gas market for example is going to change a lot in the next 20 years and we need to reverse the bad decisions of the Thatcher era that saw us switching to increased reliance on gas.

Organic power sources are not viable in the UK, our farming is already unable to support the UK population, we need to import foods to survive. The UK farming that exists is also very energy intensive so taking land out for bio fuels is not on (even short term energy forest would have a problem.

Also think we are going to become more reliant on electricity. More of our vehicles will switch to electric/part electric power, gas supplies are running out so more heating will switch to electric power.

So wind farms and renewable energy such as wave great, but it is not enough.

Or we could go for significant population reduction, but we hate that thought even more. No more than one child per couple anyone??
digicammad 12 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2009 1:24PM

Quote:So my question is this - why? How many wind farms could be built for that kind of money? How many tidal lagoons could be built? Imagine the subsidies that could be offered for PV panels for domestic houses?

If the UK wants to be at the cutting edge of green, carbon neutral power generation would this not be a quicker, easier and safer choice? I am not saying we should have no nuclear power stations, but the balance seems to be wrong here!!



Unfortunately green power is never going to be able to provide all our needs, even if you could overcome the objections to them being built anywhere remotely scenic or near people's houses (pretty much covers everything).

Nuclear power has a bad rep, but technology has come a long way and, like it or not, we need them if we want to carry on charging our camera batteries.

Besides, it isn't 11. Smile
John_Frid 9 514 56 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2009 1:26PM
I'm not claiming to know why, but according to an article in the Independent on 23 Feb 2009....


Quote:The four leading environmentalists who are now lobbying in favour of nuclear power are Stephen Tindale, former director of Greenpeace; Lord Chris Smith of Finsbury, the chairman of the Environment Agency; Mark Lynas, author of the Royal Society’s science book of the year, and Chris Goodall, a Green Party activist and prospective parliamentary candidate.


. link

I guess some people who claim to be green also see nuclear power as a green solution
macroman 12 15.3k England
17 Apr 2009 1:26PM
Electric cars?

Terrible concept, think of all those overhead catenary cables cluttering up the urban landscape.
That's why trolleybuses didn't catch on.
strawman 11 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2009 1:28PM

Quote:Electric cars?
No its viable you just need to alter your perception. depending on range sets the acceptability. Most Chelsea tractors only need a range of 30 miles for 95% of their journeys and an average speed of about 12mph.

Get to a 150 mile range and a lot of peoples needs are met. Then you just need to solve the power source or re-charge for long journeys. Think of a plug in unit with small hydrogen generator you have as a trailer to plug in for long journeys.

Or use nuclear power to generate hydrogen for fuel, or think fast re-charge batteries.

Also think lease models for car ownership...

And before I get the usual electric cars are terrible, go back 30 years and look at phones and computers and music systems. Then look at iPod, net books, and mobile phones. Battery technologies and integration were the drivers. Now look forwards.
digicammad 12 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2009 1:35PM
When they stop making (production) electric cars look like Noddy and Big Ears should be driving them, when they can be recharged at service stations (eg during a lunch or coffee break) and when they don't use every last bit of boot space for the batteries I will seriously consider buying one, providing I can afford it.

That day is approaching but it isn't here yet. Smile
ade_mcfade Plus
11 15.2k 216 England
17 Apr 2009 1:36PM

Quote:If the UK wants to be at the cutting edge of green, carbon neutral power generation would this not be a quicker, easier and safer choice? I am not saying we should have no nuclear power stations, but the balance seems to be wrong here!!


The issue is down to hom much power we can get from renewables and how reliable a source it is.

With wind, we can't rely on a constant supply

With waves, the actual power we can extract isn't that high and the technology is very expensive..

I can't remember the figures, but on Horizon a while back, there was an episode where they discussed how to change our power usage and the conclusion was that to maintain our current level of usage, we'd never be free of fossil or nuclear. renewables just don't give enough bang for the buck.

The solution is to reduce the amount we use.

Our lifestyle dictates that this won't happen

Nuclear is inevitable
rowarrior 7 4.4k 9 Scotland
17 Apr 2009 1:38PM

Quote:That day is approaching but it isn't here yet.


Picture in the Metro today of an electric Mini - not cool enough for you? Wink
conrad 11 10.9k 116
17 Apr 2009 1:39PM

Quote:When they stop making (production) electric cars look like Noddy and Big Ears should be driving them, when they can be recharged at service stations (eg during a lunch or coffee break) and when they don't use every last bit of boot space for the batteries I will seriously consider buying one, providing I can afford it.

That day is approaching but it isn't here yet.



I'd love to drive something like this , but there are a few problems yet, and I couldn't afford it anyway.
lobsterboy Plus
11 14.4k 13 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2009 1:43PM

Quote:With wind, we can't rely on a constant supply


Tell that to the bloke who sits next to me at work!

Quote:Tell that to the bloke who sits next to me at work!


Probably just 'winding' you up, Lobby ole chap! Wink
jas

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