Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Replies - Energy independence

1. There are wind generators for sale as well for homes. I have seen several 1 Kw generators for as low as $600. The installation of them, however is what the cost is. Also, you have to have a place to put the bank of batteries you will have to buy in order to store excess power for when you have no wind and to make up for variables in wind speed. The initial cost of $600 for the turbine will eventually go up to who knows what cost, but certainly under $10,000. With that, depending on where you live and the constancy of the wind, you can be independent of the power grid and in some cases you might be able to even sell back to the grid excess power generated by your turbine.

2. Nuclear plants on the ground are dangerous but how about putting the Nuclear Power Plants into orbit and save the middle man. That way the waste can go directly into the sun. My concern is launching the waste into orbit invites an accident with highly radioactive waste being distributed somewhere. There were Solar Power Satellites proposed in the late 1970's as part of the Space Colonization movement. These would work on the same principle to get the generated energy to the ground by microwave transmission.

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