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IRISH ANTI-NUCLEAR ACTIVIST, AND CHILDREN’S BENEFACTOR, VISITS FUKUSHIMA

25 MAR 2012

ADI ROCHE, IRISH ANTI-NUCLEAR ACTIVIST OF NOTE, VISITS FUKUSHIMA JAPAN, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. during a fact-finding trip an Irish supporter of children affected by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster discovered “many mirror images” between the crisis here, and Chernobyl, world’s worst nuclear accident, which still haunts people in many contaminated zones. Adi Roche (56), is CEO of the charity group(NPO ?) “Chernobyl Children International”, based in Cork, Ireland.  She offered encouragement to the people living near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP),  At a meeting in Koriyama, Japan in early March 2012 She said: “Chernobyl survivors want you to know that their hearts are with you…In a demonstration of solidarity…Chernobyl survivors understand the loss of community, the loss of culture, the loss of lives that you know and the loss of health and the loss of even life itself… and are shedding tears for the people of Fukushima whose lives are so dramatically altered by this terrible event.”

AWARD WINNING ANTI-NUCLEAR ACTIVIST Adi Roche established a support group for children, in what is now Ukraine on 1991.  Roche, whose group has brought more than 22,000 children from Ukraine, Belarus and western Russia to Ireland for rest and recuperation, endorsed Sato’s argument that Fukushima children under post-disaster stress need a similar program in Japan, and that efforts to protect kids from adverse effects of radiation, require public funding;  (ADI’S WORK ARE REAL DEEDS; NOT JUST TALK).

SADLY, IN KORIYAMA CHILDREN ARE TOLD NOT TO PLAY OUTSIDE for lengthy periods. An indoor playground that the municipal government opened in Dec. 2011 has drawn more than 80,000 visitors; That is how scarce approved (safe from radiation) grounds are today.

ON 11 MAR 2012, ADI ROCHE MET WITH POLITICIANS, MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES AND CITIZENRY impacted by the Fukushima crisis. Her visit to Japan was clearly timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the 11 mar 2011 Dai No.1 triple NPP meltdowns. In Koriyama, some (60 km west of the Dai No.1 NPP), Roche shared her experience of providing medical and humanitarian assistance to Chernobyl’s (Ukraine) children with her Japanese counterpart Ms. Sachiko Sato…

MS. SACHIKO SATO (53), MOTHER OF FIVE (5) CHILDREN is a representative of the 600-member “Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation”  Ms. Sato, from the Fukushima town of Kawabata (some 40 km northwest of the NPPs), said she gave up organic farming due to high levels of soil radiation she detected on her own land after the NPP triple meltdown, and sent four(4) of her five(5) children to live in neighboring Yamagata Prefecture. Hearing Sato’s account of the situation faced by Fukushima residents right after the outbreak of the crisis, Roche expressed concerns that distribution of anti-radiation iodine tablets was slow, and that conflicts arose among citizens in the prefecture because of differing levels of anxiety about radiation, resulting from lack of public information, misinformation, and even disinformation.

MS. ADI ROCHE IN TOKYO -AFTER VISITING FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE, said: “mothers in the prefecture clamored for my attention to ask questions about the effects of radiation” on their children: those mothers share with Chernobyl survivors “fear, paralysis, depression and uncertainty about their future, a deep sense of loss and confusion as a result of misinformation or sometimes no information…In Chernobyl, I know the first casualty was truth…I know that there must be some balance in telling the truth that doesn’t panic and doesn’t immobilize the citizens, But also there must be some reality, some hard information given that must offer people choices before things go critical.” During a meeting with Mizuho Fukushima, leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and a longtime nuclear opponent, Roche agreed that people who voluntarily evacuated, and those who decided to remain in the area, should both receive public support; Roche added: “people should be given the right information to make an educated decision to stay or not to stay…Information is power, and I think information gives us freedom, psychologically and emotionally,” (THERE! – SHE TACKLED THE “PUBLIC RIGHT TO KNOW” ISSUE HEAD-ON; NO ONE IN JAPAN HAS HAD THE COURAGE TO DO SO. WE CONCUR WITH HER)  See also next para. about that issue.

PEOPLE DESERVE THE WHOLE TRUTH. Having supported many Chernobyl children who suffered from diseases such as thyroid cancer and heart problems, Roche said: “inhabitants of radiation-contaminated zones should have access to information on the long-term effects of low-level radiation exposure through the food chain, because the latency period for such exposure lasts for a few decades…to address daily fears of people over radiation, it is necessary to be honest and provide the whole truth…not watered down, not monitored, not edited, not interpreted but told directly…When authorities don’t know for sure about the health risks, they should honestly say so, suggest the possibilities with data on radiation levels and give an alternative to eating potentially contaminated food as a precautionary measure…a multi-faceted approach is needed in providing information to the public, so that a mixture of people who don’t have vested interests are involved, and recipients of the information will have trust in it”.

TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER CO.(TEPCO) CRITICIZED  Roche said: TEPCO managed the news on the crisis in a manner that caused a complete lack of trust among people…TEPCO was like playing a poker game with the lives of Japanese people. They have only shown arrogance and disrespect and a complete disregard for the lives of the people,” (WE THINK SHE DOES NOT LIKE THEM ! – WE DON’T EITHER!).

We tip our hat in deep respect to Adi Roche, a courageous, intelligent, and benevolent woman, who s not afraid to “tell it like it is”.  She reflects credit on her Organization, and on Ireland. Wish our world had more persons with such inclinations.

Thanks to “The Japan Times – on Line”, 24 Mar 2012, for their excellent quotations. 

Ref: Chernobyl children International  at: http://www.chernobyl-international.com/index.aspx

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

March 25, 2012 at 9:31 PM Comments (9)

INDIA AT A LOSS IN HOW BEST TO HANDLE PEOPLE’S REJECTION OF NUCLEAR PLANTS

19 MAR 2012

ON 17  MAR 2012, AT  IDINTHAKARAI, INDIA,  area fishermen, and farmers sat on mats in front of St. Lourdes Catholic Church.  They had a few terse demands: Halt work on the nearby Kudankulam nuclear power plant, and answer our questions. Their Anti-nuclear concern now permeates India since  Japan’s Fukushima Dai No.1 NPP triple meltdown tragedy on 12 Mar 2011 stirred-up NPP safety, and nuclear-waste worries worldwide.  The obviously peed-off response by Indian Central government’s response to villagers in this hot, dusty southern fishing hamlet, and at other proposed plant sites in India, took a turn for the worst, when talks failed for want of specific answers to expressed public concerns. The Central government is now reacting like a deer in the headlights; They have even made “welfare reforms” promises which citizens say never happen, and are still acting in a paranoid fashion that many citizens compare to “moronic”.  Yeah! – They are moronic (unintelligent), like a fox!

INDIA’S CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LASHING-OUT AGAINST ANTI-NUCLEAR ORGANIZATIONS AND PERSONS. Late in Feb 2012, Indian Prime Minister Mamohan  Singh accused the USA, and Scandinavian Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs)of funding the protests to hold back India’s development. That accusation was an apparent cue for the Indian security establishment, which then arrested, and deported a German visitor traveling in the area on a tourist visa, accusing him of funding the Kudankulam NPP “energy park” protests. Government officials are investigating the finances of Catholic church, and some Civil Societies, alleging that the groups were illegally diverting funds intended for orphans and anti-leposy programs.   The operating licenses of three (3) such grups were canceled, bank accounts were frozen, and the visa was revoked for a Fukushima-area resident invited to India by Greenpeace to speak about Japan’s nuclear disaster (That’s known as a gag-order).  In the latest move last week, a ruling party lawmaker demanded full surveillance and monitoring of all foreign money going to about 65,500 Indian NPOs (about $6.5 billion between 2007 and 2010) in what some critics are calling a “witch hunt.” NOTE: “Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs)” in the USA, are also called “Civil Societies” in other places – they are really the same legally.

PUT-UP, OR SHUT-UP, SAID THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. The latest Indian Central Government broadside against the many NPOs has drawn indignation and protests from anti-nuclear activists. The Catholic Church, expressed indignation, and called on the government to provide evidence that funds were being illegally diverted, or unfreeze its bank accounts.

THE EUROPEAN UNION (EU) LIKEWISE  denied that any of its 27 member states were fanning anti-nuclear protests as part of a hidden agenda to “weaken” India.  Joao Cravinho, Head of the European Union Delegation to India responded: “In a Democracy (such as India), dissent is normal…It strengthens Democracies.”

STRONG ANTI-NUCLEAR POPULAR SENTIMENT points to the growing frustration with a government rampant with corruption scandals, a weakening economy, high inflation, and that is now affecting the free elections of political representatives in state elections; specially since three(3) governors have already said words to the effect that: You want to do what ? – Not in my backyard(NIMBY). The Central government espouses the need for nuclear power, at a time others are countries are cancelling NPPs; supposedly because its fast-growing economy has a growing demand for energy (what’s new ?). They view NPPs, as an important component in India’s power mix.  It is seldom mentioned that India’s ruling party used a great deal of political capital(and funding) since 2005 to sign Nuclear agreements with USA Civil Nuclear industry, and Russia, as well as France (EDF);  Having done so much bureaucratic work (yeah!- we know, selling licenses they now can’t keep); so, naturally they resent citizens trying to block their well laid plans.  PROBLEM IS: NOBODY EXPECTED THE FUKUSHIMA TRIPLE MELTDOWN!  BUT IT HAPPENED ON 12 MAR 2011, AND THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING WORLDWIDE; THAT, THEY CANNOT ACCEPT!

CIVIL SOCIETIES, NPOs, AND CONCERNED CITIZENS, include one critic who accused the government of “moron management”.  Hermann Rainer Sonntag, the German who was deported, said by email, that he had provided no funding or direction to India’s anti-nuclear movement and, that as a retiree living on limited income, he can barely fund himself, and has spent long stretches in India because his money goes further. He did say he opposes nuclear energy. The Indian Central Government has yet to charge Sonntag with alleged violations, but other activists say the deportation is typical of New Delhi’s capricious and arbitrary (perhaps illegal) attitude, pointing out that if Sonntag had really broken the law, he probably would have been jailed, not exiled out of the country.

RUSSIAN PLAN TO COLONIZE INDIA Began with a plan to build six Russian NPPs in Kudankulam in the late 1980s;  However, the Soviet Union’s collapse stalled the start of construction until 1997.  The Russian plan went awry after the Fukushima Triple Melt-down forced a worldwide re-assessment of  Uranium -fueled NPPs:  Now, protests have delayed commissioning of the first reactor, which is 99% complete, and a second reactor that is 94% done.  The initiation postponements have added $500 million to the now-$3.3-billion project, which is partly financed by aid from Russia.

BUT WHY IS RUSSIA’S STATE-OWNED “ROSATOM” so helpful?  Money, lots of it! for the life of the NPPs. Under the original deal, the Russian government is to supply(sell India exclusively) uranium for the life of the plant, with India allowed to keep and reprocess the spent fuel.  Problem is nobody, but nobody, wants “spent nuclear fuel“, such a provision is  not generally allowed in U.S. agreements.  India apparently has undisclosed intentions to reprocess “spent fuel” for plutonium which can be made into nuclear weapons. Who in the world need them!!  greedy, paranoid morons, that’s who!

INDIA TOO, HAS NEED FOR MORE AND MORE ENERGY  India hopes to double its nuclear power from 2% (now)to 4% of its primary energy requirements by 2017. It now experiences a 12% energy shortfall at peak times, resulting in frequent and extended blackouts; That’s a huge economic drag, on a nation trying to lift millions out of poverty.  Even so, anti-nuclear activists argue that alternative energy could fill the gap. Kudankulam NPP area residents are peeved because their village, is subjected to more blackouts than other areas, in what they feel is a form of coercion . The standoff at Kudankulam has taken on added importance because another planned six(6) nuke “Energy Park” is nearing completion up the coast at Jaitapur; and is also stalled by angry demonstrations.

VILLAGERS SAY: HELL- NO!  Some villagers say they were initially supportive of the project, but became disenchanted when the government treated them like ignorant farmers who couldn’t possibly understand science, even as promised welfare projects such as, schools and roads never materialized.  “So many false promises”, said Raj Leon – 57, a retired businessman, sitting near banners that read “Technology from Hell!” and “Most Unsafe!”.  Lady Sunthari Pentan sat near the church in a black sari, and gold-colored necklace. The mother of two said: My biggest concern regarding the nuclear plant are possible birth defects, radiation in the food chain, and tainted fish killing fishermen’s livelihood… If rich, technologically advanced nations such as Japan, the U.S. and the Soviet Union have had reactor accidents, how can Indians believe the government’s safety claims, given its corruption and opaque oversight”.  Worrying about the twin cooling towers four miles away, she added: “A motorcycle accident kills two(2), a bus accident kills 25…This could kill thousands”.  THERE,  IS ONE SHARP INDIAN WOMAN !

INDIA’S NUCLEAR PROPONENTS PROMISE “MUCH SAFER” NPPs
. M.S. Srinivasan, “former head of India’s atomic regulatory body” believes that: “the nuclear industry has done a poor job communicating the benefits of nuclear power in general, and this reactor model’s safety record in particular ( In other words, he blames poor Public Relations), This contrasts with the anti-nuclear activist’s Post-Fukushima media campaign of late, involving dozens of press  releases, videos, photographs and news conferences arguing their case…Kudankulam NPPs would be extremely safe, given that the facility has four emergency generators, each of which can cool the plant alone well above sea level, as well as a passive cooling systems, that protects it against tsunamis, earthquakes and power failures. At Fukushima, a cooling-system failure after a massive earthquake and tsunami led to a meltdown of three(3) of its six NPPs;  Kudankulam’s passive system will work even without power…I believe reports that the protests were fueled by money diverted from anti-leprosy and orphan charities”,  Well ! Let’s remember he is a “former head of India’s atomic regulatory body” HIS REACTION IS TOTALLY PREDICTABLE, DO YOU AGREE?  BUT… HE LIES ABOUT SAFETY FEATURES OF OLD DESIGN NPPs. Such Dudes cannot be trusted; Indian people know that.

RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO INDIA  Alexander M. Kadakin, agrees with Srinivasan: “We have been suspecting it all along” – refering to the alleged “diversion of funds”.  OF COURSE HE AGREES! ITS REALLY ABOUT THEIR MONEY ! Officials of  the Kudankulam NPPs, behind a gate ringed by dozens of police officers and steel barriers, declined to comment.

INDIAN AUTHOR AND MAGAZINE EDITOR Mr. Vinod Mehta said: “government overreaction reflected the Prime Minister’s frustration over seeing a keystone policy blocked. Charities (NPOs) are appreciated in India in part, because they often provide the services that corrupt and inefficient officials fail to deliver…It’s really more that the prime minister is annoyed by the pushback against nuclear power” .

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

Thanks to the L.A. Times – 18 Mar 2012, for their excellent quotations. 

Note: This post is a sequel to: http://energymaters.com/?p=739 

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March 19, 2012 at 12:32 AM Comments (13)

INDIAN PRESS DISCLOSES EFFORTS TO BUY THE PEOPLE OF TIRUNELVELY

10 Mar 2012

This post is a follow-up to: INDIA RESORTS TO THE IAEA, AND OTHERS TO ASSUAGE THEIR PEOPLE ABOUT NUKE SAFETY, dated 03 Dec 2011;  http://energymaters.com/?p=447

INDIAN PRESS HARKENS TO THE SO. KOREAN NPP INDUCEMENTS. Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) are not new to South Korea with 21 operational NPPs generating 18,716 Megawats (Mw); However, since the Fukushima Dai No.1 triple meltdown tragedy, the residents of Kori, So. Korea (who have had an NPP since 1978) are very uneasy at having seven (7) new NPPs built on their turf. Their fear has prevailed despite claims by authorities that radiation measured in Kori air is 0.01 mSv.  An official (Oh-Oh! – no name given) of  So. Korea’s  “Hydro & Nuclear Power Co (KHNP)” said:  “We told the Kori residents that this is low as natural background radiation is 0.005-0.03 mSv and that to be harmful the radiation must be more than 500 mSv. We also told them that on an average a person receives approximately 2.4 mSv per year in natural background radiation through daily life activities”;  But, this was clearly not enough to mitigate the anxiety of Kori residents, who after Fukushima, view the planned NPPs with suspicion and fear.

SO. KOREAN GOVERNMENT “SWEETENS THE NUKE POT” BY  OFFERING Kori residents attractive financial, and other inducements such as:

1. A $300-million grant to a local development fund destined for setting up schools, colleges and super-specialty hospitals.
2. Preference to Kori locals, in employment at the eight (8) Kori NPPs.

3. Scholastic scholarship up to college level to all students residing within five-km radius of the plants.

4. Free electrical power (up to Rs 500 10,000 won or $10) within a 5 Km. radius to all residents .

Apparently there have not yet been any protests in So. Korea against the Kori NPPs under construction.

INDIA TOO HAS “SWEETENED THE NUKE POT” At its 25-year-old NPP project at Kudankulam (KNPP)in Tamil Nadu, Tirunelveli district. There, the “Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL)” has ground to a halt, and is facing powerful public, and governmental opposition in several nearby Districts.  They had already built two(2) new Nukes in their proposed “six-Nuke Energy Park”; However, NPCIL has been unable to get “startup” permits, and the plants are idle. To counter the public opposition deadlock, NPCIL has planned /or provided several “welfare measures”; they are:
1. NPCIL has constructed call rooms.

2. Provided a drinking water facility through bored wells.

3. Laid new water pipe lines for 3.5 kms.

4. Ensured computer accessories for village schools and Panchayat offices.

5. Installed fire extinguishers and built lavatories in schools apart from

6. Laid a 17.6-km road, with street lights.
7. It renovated a home for disabled and mentally retarded children.

8. Organized health camps in villages – Not clear what these would entail.

9. Provided hearing-aids to schools for the needy, and created a talent nurturing scheme for meritorious students from economically deprived areas.

10.  Reported tsunami relief activities it had carried out.

IT IS CLEAR THE OPPOSITION DOES NOT ACCEPT  NPCIL’s “WELFARE MEASURES”, kind though they may be, they totally fail to answer, or even mitigate, the well expressed concerns by the people of Tirunelvely: and that, neither NPCIL, or the clearly supportive Indian Central Government, have even attempted to answer;  THAT, IS CLEARLY BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE GOOD ANSWERS TO PROVIDE.

INDIAN NUKE PLANNERS THINK THAT IF…  Kori, So. Korea can be persuaded with amenities, Indian nationals should do the same at the kundakulam NPP project;  NOT SO! INDIAN PEOPLE HAVE DEMONSTRATED CLARITY OF THOUGHT WITH RESPECT TO ALL ASPECTS OF FOREIGN MADE NPPs IN INDIA.  THEY WILL NOT BE BOUGHT WITH A FEW AMENITIES.  THEIR’S IS A QUEST FOR NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE, AS WELL AS PEOPLE’S SAFETY; WHO KNOWS, THE PEOPLE OF SO. KOREA MAY DO THE SAME YET!

WE SAY AGAIN, TODAY NPP OPERATIONAL SAFETY IS NO LONGER THE MAIN ISSUE. The real problem is the huge worldwide accumulation of “Spent Fuel”(Transuranics) – highly toxic nuclear waste, with very long decay rates, and NO PLACE TO SAFELY STORE THEM FOR ETERNITY. That problem has multiplied all over the world with every new NPP to aggravate the problem.

 Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

 

March 10, 2012 at 1:16 AM Comments (14)

THREE “CONCENTRATING SOLAR POWER (CSP)” MAKERS CREATE AN ALLIANCE

08 Mar 2012.

THREE OF THE WORLD’S  LEADING CSP COMPANIES HAVE FORMED AN ALLIANCE TO PROMOTE THEIR TECHNOLOGY.  The world-class companies are: “Abengoa”,  “BrightSource”, and “Torresol”, and the new alliance is called: “Concentrated Solar Power Alliance(CSPA)”. The main purpose of the alliance is to promote public acceptance of their technology by informing USA Energy Regulators, Utilities, and Gid operators regarding the many benefits of CSP; specially, when coupled with thermal energy storage. It uses mirrors to concentrate sun rays on a trough or on a “power tower” to heat fluids which in turn, create steam to drive a conventional steam turbine(s). The first commercial CSP plants were built in California in the mid-1980’s, and are operating today with a higher output than when they were new.

EXEC DIRECTOR TEX WILKINS of CSPA (the new alliance) said: “We believe CSP, with its ability to generate electricity when it is needed, is critical in meeting the energy challenges facing the USA and the world…CSP technology is the only renewable resource that is capable of harnessing the world’s most abundant fuel source – the sun, to produce reliable, cost-effective, and useful electricity;” Hence the Alliance’s mission is to promote increased acceptance, adoption, and installation of CSP utilities in the United States. The Alliance will also promote policies to encourage, and advance CSP technology efficiency, and greater deployment.

USA CSP EXISTS ALREADY. It currently generates over 500 MW, and there are an additional 1,300MW of electrical generation in CSP plants UNDER CONSTRUCTION; with many millions of MW more under development.

WORLD-WIDE, CSP ELECTRICAL GENERATION now totals more than one million MW of CSP(one gigawatt) in operation. The International Energy Agency estimates that CSP projects now in development, or under construction in more than a dozen countries, including China, India, Morocco, Spain and the United States) will soon total 15 gigawatts (that is equivalent to 15 Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs).

ADVANTAGES OF CSP FOR UTILITIES to users, and grid operators are:

1. Its inherent ability to: Produce electricity at peak demand when it is needed most during the late afternoon or early summer evening hours or winter mornings
2. Its ability to include cost-effective / efficient, thermal energy storage, to significantly extend its hours of operation into the night(after the sun goes down) to provide a flexible and usable clean energy source, as needed.  There are different designs for steam-producing CSP technology that incorporate thermal storage.

3. Ease of  incorporation (co-location) with thermoelectric gas, oil or coal fuel power plants, to create “hybrids” Power Plants for cleaner base-load power.

CSP PLANTS GREATLY BENEFIT AREAS WHERE THEY ARE INSTALLED:  Experience has shown CSP Plants generate many economic benefits in the regions where they are built, as well as adding energy to the grid. A recent study of the Spanish CSP industry by “Deloitte” found that, compared to other power generation sources, CSP plants are a strong creator of local jobs during construction, operation, and maintenance;  Additionally, the supply chain feeding the CSP plants creates nationwide jobs as well, because of the plants’ high percentage of domestically-sourced components. Another study commissioned by the “U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab’ for the Department of Energy(DOE) found that a 100 megawatt.  CSP plant creates more than $600 million in impact to gross state output; That,  is ten times that of a combined cycle fossil plant, due to local usefulness and job creation.  CSP technology usually includes power towers, parabolic troughs and linear reflectors, all based on proven engineering principles.

OTHER CSP ALLIANCES EXIST; Hence,  the CSPA builds on the momentum created by World Solar Thermal Electricity Association (STELAWorld), a consortium of industry associations representing the CSP utility industry in Europe, Australia and South Africa. The new CSP Alliance will work closely with, but independent of,  STELAWorld, to further advance the CSP industry in the USA, and abroad.

CSPA  ELECTRICAL GENERATION GOALS ARE: 10% OF THE WORLD’S ENERGY MIX .  Such expectations imply new technologies, and the creation of new, well remunerated jobs;  Such are the projections of the International Energy Agency, in a recent study that shows that, given sufficient investment, and the right government policies, more than 10% of the world’s electricity demand could be satisfied by CSPs by 2050.

Abengoa is an international company currently building 1,010 MW of solar plants all over the world and, with an additional 393 MW already operating. It is the only company in the world building and operating both, trough and power tower CSP plants.

BrightSource Energy, Inc. has approximately 2,400 MW and 90,000 acres under contracts with “Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric Company”- California’s two largest utilities; In addition, the company manages an approximately 90,000 acre development site portfolio in California and the USA-SW that has the potential to accommodate approximately 10 GW of installed capacity.

The Torresol Energy company (Torresol means “solartower” in Spanish) develops, constructs, operates and maintains large CSPs in southern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the southwest of the United States. Torresol’s “Gemasolar” plant in Seville, Spain is the first commercial scale Utility in the world to use both: central tower receiver and molten salt heat storage technology.  Such technology is considered the world’s most advanced, and capable of generating energy well after sundown, or during cloudy periods.

IN THE POST-FUKUSHIMA ERA, the world seems united in its rejection of Uranium-fueled Pressure Boiling Water Reactors.  Companies that only a year ago were “licking their lips”, at the thought of the upcoming “Nuclear Renaissance”, such as EDF (France), Rosatom (Russia) , Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Toshiba (Japan), and others, are now “licking their financial wounds” instead, and looking to huge loses in their Nuclear Uranium Cartel segment of Industry.  Some of them are just beginning to accept the fact that to survive, they need to diversify into renewable, clean energy generation.

SOME PROPHETS OF DOOM SAY 2012 WILL BE THE YEAR THE WORLD CHANGES DRAMATICALLY.  I HAVE NEWS FOR THEM!  Fukushima changed our world in many transcendental, dramatic, and irreversible ways;  As a result, many nasty surprises await Fukushima, Japan, and the world for many years to come!  The Fukushima triple melt-thru tragedy has many years yet to play itself out (well, almost).  NO, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, 2011 WAS  “THE YEAR THAT CHANGED OUR WORLD FOREVER”-  Who knows, perhaps for the best, for by opening our eyes to the dangers that the Transuranic “nuclear waste” Uranium-fueled reactors create, it will at last turn our eyes to “alternative clean energy” as a necessity.

THERE ARE MANY ALTERNATIVE SOURCES of energy generation, and CSP, is just one of the promising technologies.  In the coming months we shall endeavor to explore, and report on such technologies – there are many.  It seems clear that each country needs to create an “Energy-mix” most suited to their needs, and utilizing all of their energetic resources.  There is both safety, and pride in energy independence.  It will also prevent wars.  Yes!, I know it sounds utopian, but the fact is we were “taken” for a 60 year ride by the Uranium Nuclear Cartel.  We may need the next 100 years to seek and find clean renewable, sources of energy.  Science, technology, and engineering can help,  government can facilitate development, and we all need to find good ways to conserve energy.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

 

March 8, 2012 at 10:44 PM Comments (6)