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  •  I never understood... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the water problems with nuclear plants.

    If the energy is so cheap, can't the water just be refrigerated using power from the plant? This would change hot water (bad) into hot air (won't be noticed in Florida!)

    If more water is needed, can it be gotten from the air?

    •  Ummm...way too much energy involved. there is the (0+ / 0-)

      issue of energy invested and one's energy return on the investment. You not only need a net surplus of energy but a significant one at that to make any energy source viable and useful.

      Air as such can, and is used, via cooling towers, to cool turbines but there is a larger net loss of water to evaporation when this is used.

      Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

      by davidwalters on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 10:50:32 AM PDT

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