Wind currently costs 1/2-1/3rd as much as much as nuclear plants for the same amount of power even with a CAES System its far less expensive than nuclear.
Part of the reasons of why windpower makes sense. Note that windturbines especial Horizontal ones have turbulence can affect local weather, the solution is to use better low turbulence rotors or using Verticle ones. Other than that minmal spacing of 1000 feet to 1/2 mile is good to keep them from making downwind turbines ineffecient.]
Cost of a 1600MW nuke plant=$6 000 000 000 http://www.columbiatribune.com/2008/Jun ... ews002.asp
As for costs
The Cost of 1600MW of Wind turbines at $1700 per kW
2 720 000 000 or assuming we'd build the old non-Maglev style (those that need 8mph winds instead of 2mph winds) we can assume they operate 1/3 of the time so the cost is x 3 for triple the turbines=$8 160 000 000. Still no centralization, no nuclear waste, and harder target is very appealing even at the slightly higher price. http://www.jcmiras.net/surge/p83.htm
By todays 6-25-08 exchange rate
0.04 EUR=0.0626638 USD per kW hour for nuclear energy http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf02.html
The new Maglev wind turbine site is
0.40 CNY=0.0582725 USD per kW hour http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007- ... 016626.htm
One of the hidden costs of nuclear energy is toxic waste, and I'm not talking about the depleted fuel rods I'm talking about the mining operations polluting the local areas and the health hazards of processing the uranium into fuel. Really how many places like Fernald ( http://offo2.epa.state.oh.us/Fernald/Fe ... o/fact.htm
) and uranium mining sites ( http://www.nirs.org/miningandpollutioni ... idwest.pdf
, )http://www.txpeer.org/toxictour/uri.html, http://sccchatham.blogspot.com/2008/07/ ... e-for.html
) Wind is less of a hazard.
will citizens put up with for a nuclear future and uranium mining sites ( http://www.txpeer.org/toxictour/uri.html
)"- Aquatank Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 4:04 am
"A small bit on why nuclear power should be avoided.
The cost of a nuclear reactor is up from $2-$4 Billion 2 years ago to $7 billion
The price of Uranium has gone up from $10 per pound to $60 per pound and easy to get supplies of it are becoming rarer hence the Sharbot Lake, Haudenosaunee & Algonquin vs. Canada standoff. ( http://www.mohawknationnews.com/news/si ... /news4.php
The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage facility is 19 years behind schedule and $38 billion over original cost estimates. leaving 121 temporary sites in 39 states with inadequete security.
"There is a growing risk of radioactive material getting into the wrong hands," Brown said. He said there were 250 incidents last year of nuclear material being lost or stolen, and a lot was never recovered. "
Reactors only last about 40 years, and decomissioning costs $250-$500 million each. Over 100 reactors have closed but not all have been fully decommisioned since 1954.
Comparing nuclear power with wind, Brown pointed out that nuclear power already costs twice as much as electricity produced from the wind, not including the additional costs he cited.
"If we look at the economics comparing nuclear with wind, a dollar invested in wind produces more energy, leads to a greater reduction in carbon emissions, and creates more jobs than one invested in nuclear power," said Brown.
Now we have the Clipper Windpower Britannia and the Enercon E112 Wind Turbine. Seven of these babies will power a 12000 home town. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/04 ... 6.php#ch02 http://cleantech.com/news/2718/uk-getti ... -windpower
and in a CAES 1/3 the size of Giants stadium and you'd have back up power for 2-3 days not hours at that size.