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#505 - rainbowrush (10/26/2014) [-]
The problem, I find, is that people think they know shit about other options, when they don't. Take solar power, for instance. You have both high efficiency panels, and low efficiency ones. People only argue about the low efficiency ones,. Not only that, because of the popularity in low efficiency ones, not enough high efficiency ones are made, or worked on. Solar power can easily provide enough power to the whole world.
Water power is also really good, with the only drawback being location dependent.
Thorium and fusion are of course the dreams, though there are countless other ways to harness unimaginable amounts of energy.
#532 - kingoshark (10/26/2014) [-]
In the end I think we have to approach it correctly. Should we abandon a perfectly good technology based on the fact that something better will come along? Should we have gone straight from horse drawn carriages to flying cars and accepted nothing else because flying cars would be "so much better than wheeled ones"? Working to develop the future is a must, but ignoring the gifts of the present out of fear bred through ignorance is only going to inhibit our shot at a brighter future.
#343 - firesky (10/25/2014) [-]
I openly admit I'm no fan of nuclear power. In spite of improving efficiency and security (maybe not in France www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/nuclear-reaction/greenpeace-activists-occupy-frances-fessenhei/blog/48557/ ) a lot the past couple of decades it's still alarming, that there's worldwide still no appropriate repository for highly radioactive material after ~60 years. I'm actually awaiting us copying Futurama and sending that shit into space (alltough it's high mass could be a problem here)
And because of greed also current repositories can be dangerous (Asse in Germany, or Mailuu-Suu in Russia)
Nuclear plants are still better than coal plants imo, but I fear we still underestimate the consequences mankind could face in a couple of decades or centuries. Therefore I think we should look for new technologies and improvements in allready known ones. Water (if not damaging the ecosystem), Biomass, Wind, Sun, Fusion,...
There sure are some possibilities.
#95 - kanedam (10/25/2014) [-]
sure. of course i like to talk to someone who is in that field.
let me ask a few questions:
which power plant do you work at?
where do you work? (country if you cant tell which power plant exactly)
How did you overcome the problem of not being able to check the weldseam inside the tanks?
How did you overcome the problems with the concrete and steel acting strangely because of the high radiation over long periods?
What kind of redundancy level do you use? (3times, 5 times, 10times? how many redundant systems are there?)
How man leaks have happened in the history of the plant you work at?
How much material has leaked?
How many minor systemfailures have happened in the history of the power plant?
What kind of civil-protection plans are there in case of a serious emergency, and who exactly is in charge of putting them in action?
What do you do with the waste material? in detail (recycle? store? how, where, when, how long, how much does it cost?)
How much funding/subventions does the power plant or the company get from the gov? (also includes tax cuts)
How long have you been working in the power plant?
What exactly is your position?
How long has your training been?
How often do you use workers that are officially working for different companies to avoid having to deal with the radiation-accumulation of workers?
I'm really curious and like to hear about that kind of stuff. great to find someone who's so open to talk about it!
#445 - kingoshark (10/25/2014) [-]
Work for Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory
1. Weldseams are certified several times an checked periodically at certain intervals. We have an approximation of when the weldseam will fail and we replace it at least 10 years before the earliest possible failure.
2. Neutron embrittlement of metals and concrete is very well understood and we ensure that the stresses that could potentially cause any sort of failure will never be met. We take the most conservative estimates for the worst case scenario and make that the boundary to never be crossed.
3. At least 2 automatic failsafes, with numerous alarms and warnings before the failsafes are ever used. If a failsafe goes off, people are losing their jobs for letting it hit that point.
4-6. I work more in the research, development, and implementation portions, but from what I've seen there have been no accidents that have caused more exposure than the average person receives in a year due to the decay of Radon-222.
7. Since the three mile island incident, the department of Energy is largely responsible for ensuring proper protocol is followed in the event of an accident, and would inform the governor of what actions should be taken to minimize damage.
8. Newest method of dealing with was is phosphate glass. Here's a link to the methods describing the process: www.pnl.gov/main/publications/external/technical_reports/PNNL-14251.pdf
9. I haven't seen the exact numbers, but I know that corners don't get cut. The paranoia is real.
10. Been in the field for >20 years.
11. Management and research. Started as an operator.
12. Working as an operator is >2 of incredibly intense training, before even getting near a reactor.
13. Never an issue. People in plants get exposed to less radiation than lifeguards.
calling people who were curious: ieatpaste atomschlumpf kanedam
#220 - necrophyxia (10/25/2014) [-]
I can't answer these questions for him, because I've never worked at a civilian plant. but I was a Nuke in the Navy, and I can say in the something like 50 years we've had the nuclear program in the Navy we haven't had a single radioactive incident. Nothing worthy of even a bit of worry. Even in Japan where Nuclear power is shunned like ebolaids carriers, we're allowed not only to be in their ports but have extended stays there with out nuclear vessels.
In short, my best contribution in this is to do a little research on the Nuclear Navy to see where the nuclear power field might be going rather than where it is today. As of now, Civilian plants are no where near as safe but I feel that in just a few decades they will be up to par or possibly even better.
TL : DR I'm down for Nuclear power, but the Civilian world needs to do some catching up before anyone will be ready for it to be what is has the potential to be
#252 - dhumbassckids (10/25/2014) [-]
I'm currently in DEP and my rate is Nuke anything important you can tell me about school or fleet life? I know that school isn't the easiest thing but I auto-qualified so I should be smart enough to pass if I work hard. Also I heard that everyone treats Nukes like shit because of the few that act like /b/-tier autist.
#273 - necrophyxia (10/25/2014) [-]
Yes the school is hard, but yes you can do it if you work hard. Protip: git gud at hands on learning and book learning. They're gonna be all you do in the hardest parts of the school
Yes people hate nukes because of uppity nerds. You'll see why when you're in school, but don't fret because the cool guys always get recognition regardless of rate.
Prepare to do looooooots of waiting in between sections of your schooling. Indoc, T-Track, and Grad hold can be anywhere from one month to six months each depending on your rate. Mechanics wait the longest but have the shortest A-school
Fleet life and prototype can both be compared to boring, kill and fetch quests in an MMO. Find a qual you want to do, read up on it over and over until you memorize everything you think is important. Take your knowledge to a qualified sailor dictated by said qual and test your knowledge. This is where the hands on learning/ book learning comes in. All you will have to study is the physical layout of the ship itself and the many many many many many big ass manuals that will be available to you. You either get a signature, or yelled at and have to go learn some other things. Rinse and repeat about 300 times and you'll be qualified.
Welcome to your taste of hell that will make you feel like a goddamned superhero once you're done
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