Energy Sustainability


I have held for years that the math of so-called “sustainables” was unsustainablePresent day battery-electric tech requires too many expensive elements and ways to be the end-all, cure-all solution.

I have come to suspect that many so-called ecologists are actually agents of the fossil fuel industry. Those pseudo-ecologists promote non-economical and, or non-scalable energy “solutions”… knowing full well that they solve nothing much, if at all. A full blown wind-solar energy production requires a 100% available fossil fuel industry… if one excludes nuclear… That’s the trick which serves the fossil fuel plutocrats, including Vladimir Putin.

France has no fossil fuels, and thus no agenda for promoting high fossil fuel prizes. However retired secret services heads have revealed in their memoirs that French ecologists were paid by the Kremlin. This explains why French fanatical ecologists propagandized for no nuclear power, with wind and solar, a cocktail which requires 100% dependency on fossil fuels… (This evil psychological foundation of many a French pseudo-ecologist may also explain why some of them abuse sexually women and little children… and all of Paris knew about it, doing nothing… Why? The crimes against persons, women and children, hid a much bigger crime, against the planet and humanity themselves…)

Putting the main effort, not on wind and solar, but hydrogen and nuclear is how to get out of the CO2 crisis... Small nuclear reactors can produce green hydrogen as part of the cooling process… Solar and wind can complement harmoniously… But only complement. Rusted wind mills ruins off the French Atlantic coast, too expensive to remove, are a sobering warning. And those windmills are not 300 meters tall. Recycling giant carbon fiber epoxy blade hundreds of feet long will be too expensive…

A way to mitigate out maybe to devise walls with smaller, easier to recycle windmills… But the main point stays that the main effort has to be on hydrogen, hydrogen derivatives, and nuclear… small nuclear, standardized small nuclear, high temperature, thorium, and all sorts of fission and fusion…

Patrice Ayme

Proposed small nuclear reactor module. Basically the idea is that, if everything imaginable goes wrong, one can just forget about the reactor planted deep underground. Absence of sophisticated, complex systems make such reactors safe and economical. Argentina and China are building or connected to the grid much larger version still small, safe and economical relative to standard reactors…

Here is a more detailed post on some of the subject by my friend Ian Miller, a New Zealand physical chemist and writer:

ianmillerblog

Sustainability is the buzzword. Our society must use solar energy, lithium-ion batteries, etc to save the planet, at least that is what they say. But have they done their sums?. Lost in this debate is the fact that many of the technologies use relatively difficult to obtain elements. In a previous post I argued that battery technology was in trouble because there is a shortage of cobalt, required to make the cathode work for a reasonable number of cycles. Others argue that we could obtain sufficient elements. But if we are going to be sustainable, we have to be sustainable for an indefinite length of time, and mining is not sustainable; you can only dig up the ore once. Of course, there are plenty of elements left. There is more gold in the sea than has ever been mined; the problem is that it is too dilute. Similarly, most elements…

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8 Responses to “Energy Sustainability”

  1. ronaldscheckelhoff Says:

    Hi Patrice! We need a new type of nuclear, but not fission and not fusion. One is too messy, and the other creates too much at once. One of my thoughts (recently put to my blog) is that atoms more resemble batteries or capacitors than we realize. I think that using a greater knowledge of quantum entanglement is the key to putting a tap on the nuclear atom, to take it out slowly, and in a non-chain reacting way. I see about 20X improvement over fossil, with no unclean result with this.

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Are you thinking along those lines: https://phys.org/news/2022-01-boost-fuel-cells-lithium-batteries.html
      ????

      There are many types of uranium 235 fission systems…
      There are also Thorium-U233 fission systems
      They are all very different. Yes, “messy”… But so is all and any tech, and the more advanced, the “messier”

      There are also different types of fusion possible, depending in part on the temperature.
      The highest temps for He3 fusion have achieved (200 milion Celsius, roughly 20 times the core of the sun…).

      How does entanglement help?

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      • ronaldscheckelhoff Says:

        Hi Patrice! From the article you’ve linked, “engineers show how light can be used to lower the barrier that ions encounter at grain boundaries.” That is actually in line with what I’m saying, but they say it for a different reason.

        I think light has two modes – a visible transverse mode, and a (for the most part undetectable) longitudinal mode. The latter is a percolation IMO, so it works the same way as in molecular crystallography, and dipole moments and vertices and such. So it follows a longitudinal “percolation path” rather than a transverse (refracted) path. My imagination on this, which may or may not hold water – says that superlattices are formed by the percolation, and transverse waves are a secondary derivative of the percolation. This explains entanglement’s atom-to-atom interaction, when transverse waves (10,000 larger) are not a good fit for an explanation of that.

        So, if a superlattice is responsible for the transverse wave, and its underlying cause is crystallographic style percolation, then we may be better able to tap atoms incrementally with percolation technology, rather than conventional. So, of course this is unproven speculation by me.

        It may be that what the engineers in the article really witness, it the enhancement of percolation paths for energy. We measure energy by charge accumulation and heat measurement, neither of which would detect percolation. Etc, etc.

        I think gravity is also percolation, so entanglement is related to percolation, gravity is related in the same way, and visible light and T-wave described energy is refracted by the superlattice defined by the crystallography. Of course, lyotropic aether is required for any of this to work. I imagine that is where I lose you 🙂

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Many types of fission, many types of fusion could be developed… and are developed.
      All have pros and cons, but this in common: rather clean and huge amounts of energy.
      All French nuclear waste, from reactors and other, secondarily contaminated things, hold in less than a football field, ten meter high. Much of that should be further reduced in the future, with new tech.
      Most US nuclear “waste” is actually recyclable, but the US Congress outlawed that… so we can use fossil fuels.
      Most of the CO2 crisis is cause by the (pseudo) ecologists’ hatred of nuclear energy. They are paid by the Kremlin and the fossil fuel lobby…

      Regarding your assertions on energy in your blog:

      EE-ppcc = mmcccc.
      Energy and momentum can’t be dissociated.

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      • ronaldscheckelhoff Says:

        I think current thinking on fusion gives us an all-or-nothing result. We smash the egg and get yolk everywhere, instead of drilling a hole into the base of the maple tree, and letting it drip. Yeah, that’s a poor analogy LOL. But by releasing it all at once, we have a chain reaction problem.

        If my speculations about the existence of percolation paths vs refracted (transverse) paths for energy are correct, then perhaps we can drain atoms incrementally. This implies an easy way to have alchemy LOL, but so does nuclear science (well the latter is not easy).

        I think around a thousand atoms engaged in fusion, on the tip of your finger, you would not feel. It’s the chain reaction that’s the the cause of the nuclear energy overkill that’s difficult to manage, not the release from any single atom, which is only an order of magnitude or so …

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      https://www.powermag.com/china-starts-up-first-fourth-generation-nuclear-reactor/

      Nature
      nature news article
      China prepares to test thorium-fuelled nuclear reactor

      09 September 2021
      China prepares to test thorium-fuelled nuclear reactor
      If China’s experimental reactor is a success it could lead to commercialization and help the nation meet its climate goals.

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  2. Ian miller Says:

    on June 13, 2022 at 11:08 pm said:
    I think the renewables have a place, but we need nuclear to do the heavy lifting if we want to replace fossil fuels. And we need the energy intensity that can come from nuclear if we want to recycle the elements we have. Additionally, we have st start accepting recycling is a high-tech job, not just something from some guys with a crusher and maybe a screwdriver.

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      I agree on all this.
      Thorium fission should be developed: it has many drastic advantages over the U235 fission. The problem is how to manage high temperature salt machinery. China has one in operation.
      Small modular reactors are being built… China has a couple operating, Argentina is finishing one…

      The 30 year old, medium size refurbished JET thermonuclear reactor has achieved energy positivity in 2022: nore energy from fusion than put in electricity to achieve said fusion…

      Recycling is often not obvious, it costs a lot. Giant windmills are an example…
      EU passed a lwa forcing repairs, including on phones, Apple had to abide…

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