Saturday, 15 November 2008

The end of Windmills?

Scientists in the USA are predicting nuclear power plants smaller than a garden shed and able to power 20,000 homes will be on sale within five years. The miniature reactors will be factory-sealed, contain no weapons-grade material, have no moving parts and will be nearly impossible to steal because they will be encased in concrete and buried underground.

A company has taken a licence to manufacture the plants which will be capable of powering 20,000 average homes for 7 to 10 years before needing to be refueled. The cost will be around £1,500 a home so that's between £150 to £220 a year depending on how long they last. Refueling costs will be considerably lower than buying the plant in the first place. If someone offered me the chance to buy 7 to 10 years electricity for a one-off payment of £1,500 then I'm sure I'd sign up to buy a reactor. After all they would be better than these horrible (and ultimately useless) wind turbines that are springing up everywhere

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