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Hits: 5868 | Favorites: 3 | Emailed: 0 | Rating: 2.6 | Category: News & Politics | Date: 02/08/2014
 
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papajon0s1
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 563 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 10:44:26 AM
Whatever, anyone can make numbers say anything they want. But hey, make it MY definition of "affordable" and "actually works". Then we'll talk.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11254 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 2:28:04 AM
One thing concerns me when it comes to geothermal power generation- what happens if we rapidly cool a certain area?


A good question.

I think that the amount of heat in the vicinity of where geothermal power stations get their heat from is large enough to ensure that we can't rapidly cool it. Massive amounts of heat are generated by the Earth - we`d be using a miniscule fraction of it. There would be (and are) some issues, but that`s not one of them. Not yet, anyway.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11254 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 2:10:07 AM
Nuclear Fusion and Fission are both working tech.


Not in the context of power generation. The best fusion plant in the world was able to very briefly generate 70% of the energy that it used, i.e. it's a major power loss and not a generator at all.

[quote]A Fission reactor is not much more advanced than a fancy steam engine that uses a Hi-Tech "burner".[/quote]

It`s rather more advanced if you want one that won`t melt down or go critical. The basic principle is simple, yes, but the implementation isn`t so simple.

[quote]The tech is easy- it`s getting rid off the waste that is hard.[/quote]

That`s true. Vitrification is the best way so far, but it`s far from perfect.

[quote]Fusion has already been achieved - cold Fusion is a bit harder.[/quote]

Cold fusion is almost certainly impossible. Fusion research facilities use temperatures over 100 million Kelvin - far hotter than the core of the sun.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11254 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 1:55:37 AM
@ Angilion - I have been playing with small scale power generation for over a decade now.


Yes, that works. Irregularly, unreliably and very locally. But we're talking about electricity generation for an entire country.

Practical mass storage of electricity isn`t the *only* problem. I stand by what I said before: "mass storage of electricity would be a crucial part of it."


Laran
Male, 30-39, Australia
 190 Posts
Sunday, February 9, 2014 4:24:44 PM
One thing concerns me when it comes to geothermal power generation- what happens if we rapidly cool a certain area?
Our attempts at producing mass power have a history of biting us in the backside.
Action,Reaction & Consequence.

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