China Powering Ahead With Nuclear Energy Despite Risks: Video
Jan. 20 -- Bloomberg's Paul Gordon reports on the outlook for China's production of nuclear-generated energy.
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#1 Jan 20, 2010
What is a reasonable human lifespan tradeoff per GW installed energy, considering the alternatives of (dirty)carbon/(jihaad-sponsori ng) hydrocarbon?
#2 Jan 20, 2010
Not only a longer life span, but also an escape from the coal induced smog. China has purchased reactors for the USA and France. They plan to copy these designs and manufacture their own on the next round. I seem to recall that they are aiming for 132 GW of nuclear power by 2032. I wonder if we will have a total 132 GW by 2032? Korea has an objective of selling to other nations 80 nuclear reactors by 2030, which they project to be 20% of the new reactors. They speculate that about 400 new reactors will come in the next score of years. We very well might miss that train. If we miss it, I fear that our goods will cost too much if produced with power that is more expensive than nuclear power to be competitive on the world market. Are we going to be the next third world country to emerge or rather submerge? If that happens, who is to blame? Big coal, big oil, anti-nukes, or environists,(environmentalists minus the mental)?
Since: Dec 09
#3 Jan 21, 2010
If every country on the wholesale world can take the responsibility of protecting our earth, then the world will be more comfortalbe and safe to live.
Love earth, love our home!
#4 Jan 21, 2010
Re: 132 GW
Again, for a country the size of China, 130 GW is very, very, modest. That's less than 5 GW/year in new installations - a drop in the desert.
China needs at leat 15-20 GW in new power, per year - every year - for the next 40-50 years.
#5 Jan 21, 2010
I was thinking of this in a little different way.
If this is installed power then 5 GW per year is 5- 1000 Mw plants coming on line every year. I think that is pretty ambitious from China's standpoint for at least 2 reasons.
First 5 plants coming on line per year has got to be seriously strectching the construction capabilities of companies who can actually build the plants not to mention the companies which have to make many of the components. In particular if other construction is being conducted around the world at the same time.
Second, even though China has the largest poulation on the planet probably 1/3 live in areas which have no or very limited access to electricity. The construction of these plants will of course have to be accompanied by increased building on the distribution system which will alleviate the issue in the future.
Just a thought from a different perspective.
#6 Jan 21, 2010
Of course China would have to start low at 4-5 a year and ramp up production to up to 25 within 15 years.
And it's not like there aren't corporations in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan itching to help with construction in exchange for Chinese money.
After all these are commercial enterprises.
Since: Aug 07
#7 Jan 21, 2010
China currently has nearly 22 GWe actually under construction, with another 40 GWe due to start construction in the next two years. Assuming those are all online by 2020 there's little reason to doubt they China double that over the following ten years
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