Nitrogen fun fact.

Because judges do not see how Engie can ever guarantee that no nitrogen deposit in the surroundings of Doel will ever exceed the deposit limits when testing or activating the diesel emergency cooling backups of the nuclear power plant, the LTO license of the plant may be rejected. Anyone out there in the universe, please… Continue reading Nitrogen fun fact.

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The fundamental mistakes in decarbonisation

Not a lot is basically wrong with our current energy system.Internal combustion engines are pretty much optimised. Heating israther efficient and practical. The distribution systems of fuel andmethane are well established. Pretty much all appliances that can be meaningfully electrified are indeed already electrified. There’s only one problem: the entire system runs on fossil fuels.And… Continue reading The fundamental mistakes in decarbonisation

The role of BRIGID MSRs in the future of humanity.

The world is a mess, and politics are messing it up: wars, globalism, ecology. Instead of solving the world’s problems, preferably in a piecefull and democratic way, one could emigrate somewhere else and start from scratch. But where would you go? To the Moon? Gravity is really low. There is no water. There is no… Continue reading The role of BRIGID MSRs in the future of humanity.

Brilliant strategies: LTO of KCD-4 and CNT-3 as a bargain to cap the future cost of waste disposal

In 2003, the government decided to close down all nuclear power plants by 2023. That’s about just now. From 2003 till 2018, we were all fast asleep. Me too. Sorry for that, by the way. In a KULeuven University Seminar in November 2018 (*), ‘expert’ Prof. R. Belmans, electrical engineer, not nuclear engineer by the… Continue reading Brilliant strategies: LTO of KCD-4 and CNT-3 as a bargain to cap the future cost of waste disposal

Free as the wind…

We need renewables, because wind is for free and uranium is expensive? Sure about this? We need renewables, because wind is clean and uranium is filthy? Again, sure about this? Advocates of sun-and-wind argue that the primary energy sources sunshine, wind and hydro are for free, while oil, methane gas and uranium are costly. There… Continue reading Free as the wind…

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And now for Something Completely Different… CRM

To most anyone in the world, CRM means Customer Relationship Management. For Belgian politicians, CRM is Something Completely Different.. CRM is a Belgian funding mechanism that uses tax money to fund the construction and maintenance of facilities to produce electricity. At first, that seems a weird idea. If you want to produce and sell shoe… Continue reading And now for Something Completely Different… CRM

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On the mysterious ways of ELIA

ELIA is the Belgian TSO (Transmission System Operator), responsible for the high voltage electricity transmission in Belgium. Although not a producer, when there’s a black-out, ELIA is to blame.  You would therefore think ELIA likes base load electricity production. However… Ever since the liberalisation of the European electricity market (2009), ELIA is no longer a government… Continue reading On the mysterious ways of ELIA

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Rationalising the energy prices

While European governments are running around like headless chickens in an attempt to lower energy prices, in an attempt to avoid uproar when winter kicks in, let us shed some light. Gas prices are determined by international market mechanisms. The price follows the demand, and it is even so influenced byfutures, availability of distribution channels,… Continue reading Rationalising the energy prices

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