by A swedish kind of death
Sun Mar 25th, 2007 at 12:38:37 PM EST
I wrote a comment I like to expand on.
DeAnander has drawn up the playing field of the nuclear debate.
As seen from that drawing and comments there are all kinds of pro- and anti-nuclear stances. So just to make things interesting I would like to know: How many reactors do you think we (as in all the world) should have around 2030?
Some premises. While accounts appear to differ, nuclear power is about 1/15 of the worlds energy supply, and about 13/15 being made up by fossile fuels. And we have today around 450 reactors with a bunch in production. Say 500 for good measure.
Of course reactors can be of different effect, but assuming around todays values, replacing todays fossile fuels with fission reactors would demand some 6500 new reactors, bringing the total to 7000. Then perhaps there should be some more for all new eletrical gadgets.
2030 is chosen by me as a date sufficently far away to avoid most planning, construction, and similar time related problems. Still it is close enough to assume that we will not have access to now non-existing energy sources (for example fusion) on a commercial scale.
So just a note before the poll: nuclear power is a hot button topic here on ET, so keep it very civil in the discussion. No snark, no attitude. If people write something you perceive as just silly, ask them what they mean instead of assuming that you know.