Curly Judge wrote: »
Firstly...Hands up... I am an unapologetic exponent of nuclear power.
I cannot see anything else getting us out of our current, energy deficit, mess.
Renewables are merely a scam proposed by charlatans and latched on to by well meaning but deluded wishful thinkers.
Even if renewables could fill the power [grid] requirements of a country we would be still left with the problem of transport and how to fuel it.
Battery technology may in time evolve to make the small family saloon a viable option but I cannot see it powering a heavily laden 16 wheeler or a large cargo ship, or for that matter an Airbus A380.
The only light I can see, on a far away hill, is Hydrogen!
It is not without it's problems of course but it at least has the potential to replace oil as a fuel source.
High temperature nuclear reactors, operating at above 800 degrees C, running night and day at full capacity - and producing hydrogen by high temperature electrolysis - might, just might, work.
The investment will be enormous, just as the investment in building oil refineries was/is enormous, but nature gives up energy only very grudgingly and so the price, whatever road we choose, will be considerable.
So, there you have it!
Genearation IV nuclear reactors combined with hydrogen fuel cells is the way to go.