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Submission + - UK scientists designing cement to safely store nuclear waste for 100,000 years (

An anonymous reader writes: A team of British scientists are working on designing a form of cement which could safely withstand the harmful effects of nuclear waste for thousands of years. The team at the UK's synchrotron science facility, Diamond Light Source, said the project will be vital as Britain looks to expand on its nuclear industry.

The team believe the new material is 50% better at reducing the impact of radiation than current storage solutions. The government is set to choose a location of where to store the estimated 300,000 cubic metres of radioactive waste which is estimated to have been accumulated by the UK by 2030.

Comment Re:Sounds good... (Score 1) 115

That is, if you're near a large supply of readily accessible water.

The use case for this system is where you need to desalinate seawater. If you take that out of the need list, this system makes zero sense. If you have saltwater nearby only, and no local power source, and need potable water, this could be used.

Comment Re:Another Shining Example; (Score 1) 290

So, everyone knew this information already? I did not say it was good or bad, just an "interesting tidbit", meaning trivia. Your super defensive response strikes me as being more out of place than my mention of a fact that some might not know.

And as far as projections, NOOR1 was projected to complete for much less than $3.9.

And you must know that even with molten-salt storage, the plant does not produce at its peak all day. In fact, it produces at peak only for a few hours a day, and ramps down in the evening. On a winter day it may not even reach peak, and of course cloudy days as well. So an optimistic $9B for 580MW peak does not sound so good at all to me.

Comment Another Shining Example; (Score 4, Interesting) 290

Wow, $3.9 Billion for a plant that can produce only up to 160MW, and less than that for a good part of the day. It seems they would have saved money going with solar panels and batteries.

An interesting tidbit. Despite its desert location, this plant needs 1.7 million m3 of water per year to keep the reflectors clean.

This CSP plant appears to be even more expensive than Ivanpah, which is still not running to its promised capacity, and requires the burning of natural gas keep operating. Has Ivanpah even reached much more than 50% of its promised output yet?

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