I'm a tech guy. I like my sci-fi and my computers and my mass produced conveniences. But I also love stuff like this: https://youtu.be/4x0f2b_0kn0 I wish I could be half as excited about my work as this guy is. I encourage you to watch this as I'll be referencing parts of it through this article.... Continue Reading →
Power pt 3: Flexibility and Resilience
Oh man this one is a lot longer than I expected. But it's been simmering for like 2 months so maybe it's time? Who cares, let's dive in. Connecting the Dispersed So in this final portion of our series on Power and some of the less obvious aspects about it, we want to talk about... Continue Reading →
Power Pt 2: Centralization vs. Dispersion
Spreading Out the Power to Make Power So we asked last time how we might be able to prevent the accumulation of power generation in a small number of hands in order to involve more people in the choice of which direction to point society. The idea of decentralizing or "democratizing" energy generation came up... Continue Reading →
Nuclear Waste: Untapped Potential
Oh man, This is great, I get to mix nuclear advocacy and my actual degree in Nano-materials Engineering together in one post! I've noticed news about the Diamond Battery cropping up again lately since I first heard about it back in 2017, and oh man this thing is so exciting for a few reasons. First... Continue Reading →
The Efficiency Paradox: Envisioning a No Guilt, No Holds Barred Future.
How many of you have ever upgraded your washing machine, or dryer, or dishwasher to a new, high efficiency model? Or maybe you remember your parents doing so when you were younger? And now how many of you remember that you started using it more than you used the old one? Yes my lovelies. Make... Continue Reading →
The Other Nuclear in Alberta Pt. 1: What is Fusion?
Today we have the first guest post in ANN's long, storied history. Ethan Dorward, a former associate of a Dr. Robert Fedosejevs at the University of Alberta working on fusion research, got in touch with me about putting out a series of articles talking about fusion research in Alberta and what the general progress is.... Continue Reading →
Okay so I believe you now. What can I do?
This is where the fun stuff really happens. And by fun I mean tedious, and by happens I mean crawls along at the snails pace of provincial bureaucracy and politics. Unfortunately however, there is only one way of pushing along the progress of promoting nuclear energy into mainstream acceptance and that is by pestering every... Continue Reading →
Nuclear in Alberta: Land Usage and National Parks
I've talked about the costs of energy before, but money is just money and they are always making more of it. But what about the costs in terms of something that is actually finite? Land usage. I've touched on it before, but never really explored what those numbers actually look like. First we need to... Continue Reading →
Nuclear and Energy Storage: Getting the balance just right
Variability is an inescapable factor of energy usage. It doesn't matter if your grid supplies 1, 10, 1000, or 10,000,000 people. Just today Alberta's energy usage fluctuated by almost an entire GW over the course of the day. And this is a fairly nice spring day, not too much heat required and almost no AC... Continue Reading →
Nuclear Energy: The Case for Intentional Inefficiency
Efficiency is the name of the game in society nowadays. Fuel efficiency, energy efficiency, mechanical efficiency, transmission efficiency... We hear or think about these things with impressive amounts of regularity, but what about other kinds of efficiency? How efficient we are at doing our tasks at work? How smoothly we can get the kids packed... Continue Reading →
To every student around the world taking part in #SchoolStrikeforClimate, remember, the people getting angry are exactly the ones you need to be pissing off. Be Bold in your demands but also be Truthful in your pursuits. A foundation that hides a weakness will fail when needed most. And you will need that foundation because you're... Continue Reading →
Indirect Income: Load Following, Potholes, and the Elderly
Dear Mom, please ignore the next paragraph. Just move on to the third one and pretend that that is the real beginning of this post. Fuck potholes and all their horrible children. Avatars of the impermanence of mans creations and active forces of entropy that love to do nothing more than wreck tires, throw steering... Continue Reading →
Australian Questions, Canadian Answers, Commonwealth Camaraderie.
Australia, I just want you to know before I get started that I love you and I don't mean to hurt you. You're surrounded by friends here and we just want what is best for you and all the rest of us. This is an intervention against your pointless fear. These questions were taken and... Continue Reading →
Nuclear “Waste” pt.4: And only I will remain
For thousands of years, humanity has had the crazy idea that things could be turned into other things. The most famous example of this pursuit is the transmutation of lead into gold. But nowadays it is not much more than a metaphor than the creation of something valuable from something considered basal, put in the... Continue Reading →
Nuclear Waste pt.3: I will face my fear
So most waste is barely radioactive and the stuff that is dangerous is a tiny fraction of what we currently consider it to be... so what do we do with it? Well, right now the answer is not a lot. As I said, the LLW gets held onto until it's below background levels and then... Continue Reading →
Back of the nuclear napkin: Cost efficiency.
People don't seem to believe me when I say that Nuclear would be one of the cheapest ways to switch over to zero-carbon energy. So welcome to another rough and ready math attempt. We'll take 3 different scenarios: nuclear, solar PV and off-shore wind as these seem to be the most common grid-scale applications of... Continue Reading →
Reasons for Nuclear: The KISS principle
I have always been a man of seemingly conflicting interests. I'm an engineer and scientist in my core, I appreciate the ability to be productive and useful in logical and quantifiable ways. But I have also been vigorously involved in the Arts and know that unquantifiable efforts can be productive in their own right. Every... Continue Reading →
Energy and Civilization Series: Porcupines and Environmental Stewardship
It feels like the last few articles have been kinda curmudgeonly so it's time to shift the outlook and focus on aspirational things today. Namely that everyone's favourite oil and gas whipping boy, Tailings ponds, can be cleaned up much faster than current estimates by application of nuclear power and the helping hand of a... Continue Reading →
Planning for the Future: Orphan Wells vs. Nuclear Decommissioning
So there was some big news in Canada a little while ago pertaining to small oil companies and the environment. On January 31, the Supreme Court of Canada determined that a company in danger of, or currently in the middle of bankruptcy proceedings must pay all environmental obligations prior to paying out creditors. This includes... Continue Reading →
Jargon Series: Fissile vs Fertile
I've been seeing another lie popping up about nuclear energy lately. People saying that Even though Nuclear Energy is low carbon, we lack the accessible supplies of Uranium to supply our power requirements for enough time to help combat climate change. ( I plan on touching on those other points in other articles.) Let's be... Continue Reading →
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