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  1. Make your own, the pieces are common on BL

  2. "The core scenarios deploy 120–350 GW of diurnal storage to help support power system resource adequacy (ensuring demand for electricity is met during all hours of the year) and better align output of wind and solar with demand patterns. Storage in Figure ES-1 includes diurnal storage with discharge capacity of 2–12 hours, which includes batteries and pumped storage hydropower but could also include a variety of technologies under various stages of development."

  3. You should see the text thread confirming the color, brand, etc.

  4. Ok, after extensive samples and swatches, I discovered the cabinets in my house were painted Swiss coffee. It is definitely an off-white

  5. My disappointment led to brewing my own a few years ago.

  6. BSE in Nuclear, MS in nuclear, work at national lab in advanced reactor deployment

  7. Yeah, that was me before it got hard to find. Now it's Elijah Craig

  8. Just about 600 miles in and I’m averaging around 28mpg in eco mode. What gives?

  9. Practice less accelerator use. I got my 2022 almost a year ago (fwd). Normal around town without thinking is 31 mpg, but if I take it easy and baby the gas a little, it isn't hard to do 33-36. It took 2 months to change driving style to up my mpgs without really thinking about it.

  10. This is after they fixed it too. It used to have two 90 degree turns right around there.

  11. Just south of the river it used to be 2 90 degree turns

  12. Andy would match Leslie, and Amy with Ben Wyatt.

  13. We just ran our full budget, and spend $200 + or so per Scout. Our Pack dues are only $120.

  14. The more material between the radiant coils and the slab, the warmer the room.

  15. God I hope so. Still want the yellow clone wars one but I'll take this to avoid dropping $200

  16. Bricklinking your own isn't too pricey

  17. Hahaha ya. The second fastest car was regulation weight (under 5) and clocked in at 3.16/199.6mph

  18. I've seen 2.94 regulation cars on a 42 ft besttrack. These times you give, what type of track?

  19. Any sources you can share about the EPR operating difficulties?

  20. It's a 4 loop plant competing against 2 loop plants. The EPR has 2x as many SSCs to maintain.

  21. I'm not sure I understand what you are claiming about nuclear + batteries? Nuclear power plants run 24/7 as baseload power for the grid. They don't need batteries in order to provide power at night? Are you confusing solar and nuclear?

  22. There is interest in some nuclear designs to produce more than grid demand during the day, and store that extra energy to add to the plant output at night when solar isn't contributing to the grid.

  23. Since the battery cost is the same regardless of how the power was produced, why not just massively over provision solar for a fraction of the cost of nuclear and solve the same issue?

  24. I'm not arguing with that, just repeating the thoughts of others.

  25. You can google the parts someone made a YouTube video I bricklinked the parts

  26. I bricklinked the parts right after release, here's mine:

  27. Well, the first time I saw this, it was right outside my waterfront room in the Contemporary South Garden Wing at 1:30am.


  29. Thanks for the link to that brochure. This seems to be a somewhat different process for reprocessing them the chemical process that was used in the past, at least in the United states. However, scant attention is paid to my principal concern with reprocessing, and this new process does nothing to alleviate that concern: that is, what to do with the vision product wastes. In their figure on page six of the brochure, they have a thin dashed Green line showing where those wastes would go, graphically minimizing the issue. The issue is that those wastes contain some extremely long lived radionuclides, like technetium-99 at over 200,000 years half-life and iodine-129 at over a million years. They also do not address the large volume of materials required to safely dispose of these wastes. The brochure mentions in passing that the fission products need only be a concern for 300 years, an often repeated canard that considers that 10 half lives of cesium-137 and strontium-90 is all that we need worry about.

  30. To be fair, the fission products are there anyway. This would reduce the waste volume significantly, reuse those materials for power production, and do so in a proliferation safe way.

  31. Sorry but I fail to see any counter-argument in your answer. Which assumptions are not compatible with the conclusions, what is misleading? Can you reference a document explaining why this report is "dubious"?


  33. Thank you! A critic is that the report conclusions are conjectures because the reactors don't exist yet. However those conclusions are delivered with this very caveat, and the main conclusion is expressed in a clear way: "the back end of the fuel cycle may include hidden costs" (emphasis is mine).

  34. The conjecture on the IAEA information is that the Stanford report assumes traditional disposal. There has been significant progress in the last few years, and recent investment in pyroprocessing for used fuel. While it was not the intent of the Stanford report to review all current and future disposal options, it seemed rather one dimensional in its approach.

  35. This is a genuine issue. But less to do with abundance and more to do with existing supply chains and technology choices (eg. uranium vs. thorium) .

  36. Inflation reduction act had a bunch of funding to kickstart HALEU domestic production.

  37. 2rfv says:

    Big dog is some serious nightmare fuel.

  38. Joints, they have integrated hydraulics in them. Bleed 'em dry.

  39. "Eielson is currently powered by its own coal plant, which typically produces about 14 MWe, by burning up to 800 tons of coal each day. It also keeps 90 days' supply on site but needs a facility to thaw the coal..."

  40. Collaborating with France would speed it up

  41. Expand on this statement please.

  42. I'm just slapping together quick stub pages to get a few in there. So far it's a few ancient meltdowns and some stuff from the CDC. If you want to contribute one it's relatively easy-ish. Or if you have good ideas and links I'd be interested as well.

  43. For the last two years, INL has has weekly safety briefs on tons of subjects, many of which relate to common injuries at the Lab, including slip and falls, incorrect sitting posture, safe driving habits, failing safely, but some are more obscure or specific to Idaho (winter Backcountry safety, hiking / bear safety).

  44. You're going to need more lego. (And clean it first!)

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