There are Many Types of Power Plants In Our World

This is a comparison of current energy sources and alternative sources.
This page makes note of both the good and poor qualities of each.

Traditional Power Plants

Nuclear
- consumes major resources at an uncertain cost
- ROI never to be realized
- maximum pollution created by radioactive waste
- occupies and pollutes major land areas
- gives specialized jobs for long term
- long term costs beyond the pale
(Hanford site 12 billion$)

Coal Lignite
- consumes major resources with an unequal distribution
- massive Earth disturbance - tranpsort & excavation of coal
- major contributor of pollution and CO2
- ROI is possible with cheap coal
- electricity produced is expensive to consumer
- gives modest numbers of long term jobs
- offensive to senses

 

Gas-cogeneration
- cleaner and more efficient than coal
- consumes major resources and land area
- produces pollution and CO2
- ROI better but subject to rising fuel costs and availability
- gives long term employment
- lesser of the evils of non-renewable resources

 

Hydro-Electric
- cleanest and most benign major power source today
- consumes major resources and massive land area for resevoirs
- ROI is many years; major contributor to area permitting fees
- major construction that hires many people
- few damnable sites left in the world
- losses from power transmission are significant
- zero CO2

 

Here are the major altenative sources of power generation. Renewable energy has a bright and profitabale future, however, all these resources are under development for large scale use and will be used to fill all of the world’s future power needs.

Note: hydro is a renewable resource but there are few sites left to be developed
Some renewable power plants are not shown: bio-mass, refuse burner, methane

The Alternatives to Traditional Power Plants

Wind
- uses major land area
- low environmental impact
- quick return on investment
- undeveloped resource to make hydrogen
- wind is unreliable
- zero CO2 pollution
- low number of jobs

 

Solar Steam
- does not produce increased power during peak hours or any power at night
- ROI is fast
- modest land use and can be built in many locales
- high power output
- zero CO2 pollution
- long term jobs
- good clean profitable power
- few plants worldwide, needs dev

 

Photovoltaic
- excellent use of resources, can be mounted anywhere
- manufacture is limited by availability of pure silicon
- ROI dialed in exactly
- creates more efficiency in attached utilities
- zero CO2 pollution
- long term jobs
- needs more development

 

Geo-thermal
- excellent use of resources producing many megawatts of power
- limited areas, room for expansion and development
- not able to use in all areas of geo activity
- extra wattage in heating
- modest land use, typically in non-agriculture terrain
- zero CO2 pollution
- long term jobs
- needs more development

 

The most ideal alternative is the Slow Moving Water Hydrogen technology.
SMW animation of the turn tables

There are several important advantages to using Slow Moving Water Hydrogen technology:
- can be installed in any major stream, river or ocean tide
- does not require stream diversion or concrete dam
- more efficient than hydro electric, does not waste electricity sending power through long tansmission lines
- can be sized for each communities need

- lower initial cost
- lower maintainance cost
- designed for private ownership
- creates a flexible product - Hydrogen and Oxygen
- healthier than any other known fuel

- independent of foreign oil cost
- de-centralized power plant not subject to widespread outages
- can be used for many other uses such as: water purification
- portable, can be easily moved to different locations

- can be used in conjunction with other power plants to augment and
cleanse smokestack emissions
- excellent for industry
- excellent return on investment
- easy to build with off the shelf components


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