Friday Nuclear Matinee: Wind Turbines and Nuclear Power

All forms of electricity generation have their own set of advantages… But among the seemingly endless unique advantages of nuclear fission are the massive implications of the deceptively simple equation E=mc².   This translates to unparalleled energy density.

This two-minute video is a real eye-opener on what energy density can add up to in the real world.


See Jason Correia’s infographic and article, and article by Ulrich Decher, at ANS Nuclear Cafe for more information on capacity factor and siting of wind and nuclear power.

A big hat tip to Ray Innes and Gabrielle Hollis for making this video, and Leslie Corrice at The Hiroshima Syndrome.

6 thoughts on “Friday Nuclear Matinee: Wind Turbines and Nuclear Power

  1. Engineer-Poet

    The information about energy density and wind potential reminds me of the 1960′s infatuation with suburban housing developments and strip malls.

    Remember, a lot of that was driven by flight from “urban” (cough) crime and criminals, especially those who made up the rioters.  Making things accessible only by car was a barrier to the underclass which had made the cities uninhabitable.

  2. James Greenidge

    Everything everyone said to enhance this video plus break it out not just on every pro-nuclear blog, but home sites of science programming and education outfits! Marry this one to the one on daily CO2 volume creation in a large and you have some serious nuclear PSAs! A cherry on top would be a schematic comparison chart of the energy potentials of coal and oil and gas and uranium, and a gutsy chart detailing the mortality and health deficit scores — in workers and public — incurred during accidents and normal production and energy generation of various sources since since nuclear’s been around. Those stats would be one public shocker! (“The FUD-busting stats that green groups don’t want you to see…”) My hat’s off to the creators of this visual (and hopefully audio soon)!

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY

  3. Brian Mays

    Bill – For over half a decade now, I’ve been referring to the situation you describe as “industrial energy sprawl.”

  4. Jeff Walther

    Double yes about adding the noise of wind turbines. Whenever one of the technology companies has an animation in their advertisement with little wind turbines in it, they are always accompanied by silence.

    It’s time for someone to break the silence adn start associating the sight of wind turbines with horrible noise in the public’s mind.

  5. bill eaton

    The information about energy density and wind potential reminds me of the 1960’s infatuation with suburban housing developments and strip malls. We embraced those designs because we had no idea of what the end game would look like. In our larger urban areas we have had to spend billions on extending mass transit to the suburbs to get the people back into the work spaces. We don’t have room for automobiles in city centers; and we didn’t realize the value of in-fill design until it was too late to do it efficiently. Now the reinvestment in urban in-fill is the fad, but we missed our best opportunity to do it well forty years ago. So it is with wind. Farm land in the mid-west is dotted with inefficient wind towers that will eventually be recognized as the eyesore they are instead of the novelty that they represent today. The limitations of real estate will soon put an end to the momentum.

  6. Atomikrabbit

    Very nice graphic.

    May I suggest that they add a voice-over, perhaps explaining the text that moves by all too quickly. Also, as we are moving under the army of wind turbines, show the gawd-awful noise they make compared to the silently efficient AP-1000. (I guess a few dead eagles under the blades would be overkill, eh?)

    And finally, someone (Westinghouse?) should air this on the cable news networks after every ubiquitous ad for “safe clean natural gas”.

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