Nuclear Fission / Where Does It Fit In the Global Picture?

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms/nuclear_fission.htm

With wind turbines being almost obsolete, with solar panels being part of our daily routine, with electric cars replacing gasoline cars, with water becoming a precious commodity, with food supply coming from the lands and oceans, with the population reaching 11 billion before it starts to slow down and regresses naturally, with hi-end audio balancing the two opposites poles, with the polar caps diminishing, with the Amazon jungles, with the Australian and Californian fires, with China, Russia, Germany, France, Canada, Mexico, USA, ... aligning with the stars above, ... with everything that just happened in the last decade where does Nuclear Fission Energy fit in this new decade?

Basics: https://nrl.mit.edu/reactor/fission-process
 
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In the next 30 years (2050) the energy requirement will be tremendous.
Here's an article in French (use the translator feature of your toolbar from your browser) ...
https://www.lepoint.fr/debats/jean-...des-voies-sans-issue-30-12-2019-2355207_2.php

Nuclear fission is the subject that one of my brothers and I are starting to discuss in the year 2020, now.
It happens because we talked everything else (almost) and that came up as we asked ourselves where the world will be in hundred years...3020 (I asked my brother the question and he started talking nuclear fission).

Now we are exchanging few articles, etc., by emails (telephone too) and learning deeper about the future of our world.
I decided to start this thread from our earlier discussion today on January 1st, 2020 (January 2 in Quebec).

And Happy New Year!
 

Bodhi

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Chernobyl and Fukushima aren't great recommendations for Nuclear power. My father is a retired Civil and Geotechnical Engineer who was Chief Engineer of the largest Hydroelectric Power station in my state back in the 70's. He told me he is not in favour of nuclear power, noting it is too expensive, and the environmental risks and political issues associated with disposing of spent nuclear fuel rods, too high. He is in favor of hydro electric, off-shore wind farms and solar + battery storage to replace baseload coal-fired power stations. He cited Dubai's Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (which is projected to reach 5000MW capacity by 2030) as a good example of how you can achieve baseload power from renewables. By comparison, the biggest coal-fired power station in the United States, the Robert W Scherer Power Plant has 3600MW capacity.
 
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Bodhi

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Yeah I'd say i'm skeptical. It looks expensive. Australia is leading the world in the uptake of rooftop solar panels and produce the best household Inverters in the world imho. Atleast here in Australia, solar is a lot cheaper than nuclear fission or unproven fusion power, and cheaper than coal. Towns like Yackandandah in my State are experimenting with solar 'micro-grids' which I predict will become commonplace in small towns in our country in the future as renewables continue to fall in price.
 
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Earlier I was reading few articles in some regions of Australia ...
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50969088

And this: https://www.sciencealert.com/the-bu...e-so-big-they-re-generating-their-own-weather

I pray that's all I can really do in these very tough times for many of you.
Yes the fires here are terrible, and more widespread than I've ever seen before. There has been great loss of property, incl: farm fences. But loss of life has fortunately not been as great as the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 when 173 people died, and 414 people were seriously injured, thanks to improved emergency management co-ordination. But an estimated 30% of the koala population has been killed in the New South Wales mid-north coast fires. Some of you would have seen the recent video of a dehydrated koala fleeing the bushfires approaching cyclists near Adelaide. It shows how vulnerable some animals are, particularly slow-moving ones like koalas.
 
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It is very sad for the Koalas, such little lovely animals. It's very tough to see some of those video clips. I saw the cyclist giving water to the little guy, he was real thirsty.
I didn't know that so many people lost their lives and were seriously injured in 2009, ten years ago.
I thought those fires right now are the most devastating.
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Back to nuclear fission/fusion ...
https://www.forbes.com/sites/starts...r-renewables-its-nuclear-fusion/#139e9c963bee

And few expert's (16) various/differing or similar opinions ...
https://www.disruptordaily.com/future-of-energy/

We are no experts here, but we can still say what we think it's best.
Radio activity scares the hell out of me, and those major catastrophes (men's errors); the atomic bombs (1945 - Hiroshima and Nagasaki), ... Kyshtym (1957 - level 6), Three Mile Island (1979 - level 5), Chernobyl (1986 - level 7), Fukushima (2011 - level 5) ...

This nuclear fission is old technology that exploded in our faces with unforgivable destruction (humans, wildlife and habitat).

Hundred years from now, even thirty years from now (2050), there won't be any more ICE cars in our roads and highways. Solar energy is part of our life today and tomorrow so ever more.
Wind turbines I just don't know, and nuclear reactors from fusion or fission built in China and Russia and sold to other countries I just don't know (I won't be here).

The ecologists are mainly a bunch of considerate people but far away from being scientists and in the knowledge of what it takes to manage a planet with billions of people living on it. Most ecologists have only been here for less than 100 years. But science and history based on real facts have been here for way much longer and recently their presence had never been as strong as it is right now. Can nuclear fusion cool the planet's temperature and contribute to a more healthy air we breathe? What's the risks if not all possible accidents weren't contemplate? ...Say a big earthquake under a big nuclear reactor not far from a population of 900 million humans.

They say they can make them safe now, and it's much more efficient than any other form of energy known to man today.

What will be the main energies around our planet in the year 3020?
Is nuclear fusion part of the big plan, the big picture then?
They say they can recycle nuclear debris, and yet they can't even afford to clean the mess from the last 100 years plus ... since the first world war.
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Wind Turbines ...

Solar Energy Power ...

Nuclear Fusion Power ...
 
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