A Perfect Planet. Series 1:5. Humans
At 45:52, Jeremy Rifkin said: “…The Sun does not send us a bill; the wind does not invoice us. Coal, oil, gas, uranium — they’re expensive. The Sun and wind is free…”
Mr Rifkin is a pro-renewables advocate of massive influence who…
21 UK SMR nuclear power plants (NPPs) will generate 79 TWh per annum for their design life of 60 years, with near 100% certainty of an economical life-extension to 80 Years.
The OCC will be £37.8 billion, equating to £0.63 billion/year.
Today, gas-fired plants backup wind and solar power plants (WASPPs).
At the moment, other energy storage technologies, such as Li-ion batteries, are ruled out on the grounds of cost and environmental impact.
But will it remain the case when we get to 2050. …
For 1 year from 01 January 2020, WASPPs generated at an average power of 9.01 GW (See Infographics below). This represents the actual power level required for despatchable, 24/7/365 electricity, totalling 78,927,600 MWh over the 365 days of the year. …
At 11:49 “…There is no such thing as Renewable Energy..……..all energy is free…”
Meaning: The energy locked inside uranium is as freely available to humanity as the energy locked inside the wind and in sunlight.
It only becomes useful to us when we: (i) Procure the rights to land or…
"...according to the Climate Change Committee (CCC), UK low-carbon investment each year will have to increase from around £10 billion in 2020 to around £50 billion by 2030, continuing at around that level through to 2050..."
That extra £40 billion is to decarbonise all sectors.
I make it £31.83 billion [part cost] just to decarbonise the electricity sector following the CCC's recommendations.
But because of the 25/30 years lifespans of WASPPs, the plants being built now will have to be decommissioned and new plants built to replace them.
The £31.83 billion per year, will carry on every year - FOREVER!!!
Advanced nuclear power plants would reduce that figure to £8.41 billion per year:
"...the incredibly cheap cost of wind and solar..."
The reason greenH2 will happen is it's the only way to solve the INTERMITTENCY PROBLEM and get 24/7/365 electricity from WASPPs.
That's why the Germans have committed €9 billion to greenH2 (including €2 billion going straight to Morocco so they can import…
Decarbonising the electricity sector means only low-carbon electricity and green hydrogen (greenH2), manufactured from low-carbon electricity, can get the UK to net-zero. Where electricity cannot be used directly or through batteries, greenH2 will decarbonise the rest: the heating, transport and industrial sectors.
In pro-nuclear public comment, I feel the time is right to always mention the imminence of the operational dates for 3 SMRs: GE Hitachi's BWRX-300 (2027); NuScale and Rolls-Royce 2029.
Of utmost importance is to get over the fact that SMRs have build programmes down to 2 years: GE Hitachi…