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Meeting Opposition to Nuclear Power

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Harry Valentine holds a degree in engineering and has a background in free-market economics. He has undertaken extensive research into the field of transportation energy over a period of 20-years...

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An environmental group based in Ontario, Canada that opposes nuclear power generation released a statement about alleged problems at one of the nuclear power stations located just east of Toronto. They focused on issues that could pertain to the water-cooled reactor. In response to such concern, research funded by the Gates Foundation has focused on cooling the reactor using a liquid metal such as natrium.

If nuclear power generation continues in Ontario into the decades ahead, ongoing opposition to nuclear power could prompt future adoption of the natrium technology to cool the reactor and transfer heat to a heat exchanger where water would convert to steam.

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Matt Chester on Mar 25, 2021

Interesting-- so would that transfer of a technology placate the opposition? And would this type of technology have been utilized at all in their absence? 

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Harry Valentine on Mar 25, 2021

Hi Matt . . .  . people working with and for Bill Gates have identified some of the issues that leads some groups to oppose nuclear power. One of the issues involves water bring converted to high-pressure steam right at the reactor . . . .  . removing heat from the reactor at atmospheric pressure is regarded as a much safer approach.  Using liquid metal to cool a nuclear reactor allows heat to be transferred into thermal storage or to generate steam to drive turbines.

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