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Climate change could spell the end for nuclear power

 
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Aurora



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:26 am    Post subject: Climate change could spell the end for nuclear power Reply with quote

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The Guardian - 18/03/11

The nuclear industry can offer no guarantee against a repeat of Japan's disaster.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They were handing out copies of this article at an energy event I was at this evening Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, one of the fatuous claims she makes is this:

"The loss of off-site power commonly happens during storms, particularly at coastal locations. So a strong storm, probably stronger than the historical records used in the estimates for design, could cause flooding that leads to an accident similar to the one we are witnessing."

Oh really? Let's take Wylfa as a possible example of this. It's on the tip of Anglesey, one of the windiest places in the UK. The 400 kV lines (two) run above ground to the switch yard, just inland from the site. Every year, there are winter storms that have winds gusting to over 70 knots. Gusts over 100 knots have been observed. There's only been one forced grid disconnection in all its operating life, that caused by high winds, and accumulating snow. The station tripped, but was actually supplied via 100 kV lines, and anyway, the backup CGT turbines all started. There was adequate cover for the the short time of the disconnection. There has never been any site flooding.

Can anyone supply a reference to her research project?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An Inspector Calls wrote:
There has never been any site flooding.


Wylfa may be at the seaside but even a Japanese tsunami wouldn't get up that cliff.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sense at last!

Even Greenpeace is struggling to create a case:
http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/files/pdfs/nuclear/8176.pdf

I hardly think we need worry about Bradwell - it hasn't got any fuel!
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