Why is nuclear energy an important influence on both natural gas and hydrogen futures? 1

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  1. “I’ve heard frequent dismissal of nuclear as too expensive and too slow. But each of those characteristics are the result of human decisions and can be addressed through human actions.”

    This is the revelation. We’re top heavy, union heavy, skill deficient, and generally without purpose and hunger. We’re starting to figure it out though…. that we need more plumbers and less rappers.

  2. It’s certainly not a surprise that the podcasters neglected nuclear. This is quite common. I’m sorry but I had this stereotype of them while listening. One spoke of a new Polestar electric car. They were academics and did not impress me as hands-on practical people. They were concerned with policy and little if anything was said about how these policy changes would affect the lives of average people.

    I’ve seen a lot about hydrogen recently. There is talk of using a lot of hydrogen for new methods of making steel. I saw an article about improved fuel cells that could use hydrogen. The energy density of hydrogen is greater than gasoline. Storage can be a problem in vehicles, but there are a lot of stationary applications that could run on hydrogen. The podcast alluded to the blending of hydrogen with natural gas. There are a thousand more uses.

    So I’ll ask what perhaps should have been asked in the podcast. Is there a possibility that a nuclear plant could be built solely to produce hydrogen? (I’m not sure what color they would call it.) It appears that there will be a great demand for hydrogen produced from emission free sources in the next few years.

    Thanks for the article.

  3. Putting a sprig of parsley on a slab of steak does not make it vegetarian, but the marketing people would still call it “green”. We should not engage in the relabelling process, but simply call nuclear-derived hydrogen “fossil free”. We can leave it then to the intelligent layman to realise that everything else has a fossil content.

    Just as recycled carbon can be proven by its carbon-14 content, fossil-free hydrogen can be proven by its tritium (hydrogen-3) content. Both isotopes are created by cosmic rays reacting with nitrogen in the upper atmosphere, so are naturally present in the environment. Both have long since died away during fossilisation.

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