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  1. #1 Nuclear Power; energy scenario 
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    Hi guys, sorry first of all if this is in the wrong section but...

    basically for a project we have to reduce the Co2 emissons for the UK by a certian amount..

    Currently for electricity production the UK use nuclear power 17%, we want to increase this to 70%

    My question is, what would the best way to go about this?

    What type of reactor would be best? and how many would we need?

    Money is not a factor, but time is, the deadline is 2030, we can by opyimistic with fairly new technologies aslong as we back it up.

    I was thinking of using fast breed reactors as they can use converted uranium so effecetively uranium would not become a finite resource as if we used FBR we would have enough for 3000 years, but im not sure if this is feasible?

    Has anyone got any good ideas?

    Cheers in advance!

    Alex


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  3. #2 Re: Nuclear Power; energy scenario 
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexjb1989
    Hi guys, sorry first of all if this is in the wrong section but...

    basically for a project we have to reduce the Co2 emissons for the UK by a certian amount..

    Currently for electricity production the UK use nuclear power 17%, we want to increase this to 70%

    My question is, what would the best way to go about this?

    What type of reactor would be best? and how many would we need?

    Money is not a factor, but time is, the deadline is 2030, we can by opyimistic with fairly new technologies aslong as we back it up.

    I was thinking of using fast breed reactors as they can use converted uranium so effecetively uranium would not become a finite resource as if we used FBR we would have enough for 3000 years, but im not sure if this is feasible?

    Has anyone got any good ideas?

    Cheers in advance!

    Alex
    Ths small modular nuclear power reactors proposed by Hyperion might be one alternative. You can find information on it here:
    http://www.hyperionpowergeneration.com/product.html

    According to an article in Time Magazine:
    ...The upside of small nukes lies in cutting not only greenhouse gases (nuclear power produces little to nothing in the way of emissions) but also costs. Chu [US Energy Secretary Steven Chu] pointed out that small reactors like the ones built by Hyperion are sold as ready-made, turnkey devices, which will likely keep construction costs down. Hyperion estimates it will take $100 million to build and 25 employees to run one of its plants, compared with the $4 billion to $6 billion in capital needed to build a traditional plant and the roughly 300 people needed to run one...
    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/ar...#ixzz1G7pARilB

    Chris


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    thank you buddy, i did not know about this tech. seems a good idea to supply areas that are off the grid.

    Would have to biuld an awful lot of them to supply 70% of the UK tho!! Im definitely think i will add it into somewhere into my work though.

    Thank you, great post
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