We are bombarded with all the information about alternative power from solar, wind and anything you can imagine. I ran into a very interesting piece on the subject of "density" required per KWH of alternative electricity last week in the Wall Street Journal. Going "green" has an offset cost in density not many of the experts are talking about. Here are some density factors for your consideration:
- Bio fuels 0.05 watts of energy per square meter
- Small Natural gas well 28 watts per square meter
- Wind turbines 1.0 watts per square meter
Solution for this would be to get serious about Nuclear Power. In all the history of Nuclear Power the amount of high level waste comes to 62,000 tons of high level waste products. Stacked to a depth of 20 feet it would cover an area the size on one football field. France produces about 80% of their electricity from Nuclear Power.
The picture in this post is a photo of the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station in San Diego County. It has been there since the late 1960's with the original reactor, SONGS #1, shut down in the early 1990's but reactors two an three are still on line and not scheduled for decommissioning until 2022. It was built to withstand a 7.0 magnitude seismic event directly under the plant and still survive. The people in the photo look pretty relaxed about the proximity of the Nuke Plant next to their beach.
Note: The WSJ article was titled Small Is Beautiful - So Go Nuclear by Robert Bryce a senior fellow at Manhattan Institute and was adapted from the Winter 2012 edition of City Journal. The photo is San Onofre State Beach Park located just south of San Clemete, Ca. and right next to SONGS run by So. Cal. Edison.