Or produce solar at night.
You don't need nearly as much power at night, and if they go with solar thermal you get quite a bit of storage "for free."
True, Power companies typically have trouble selling excess energy produced during the night.
Or control the weather.
It's Arizona. They basically have two types of weather; Sunny and Night. =Smidge=
Where I come from we have two types of weather, rain and night
Sigh, where I come from we have two types of weather, rain and rain at night, you lucky dogs
Do yourself a favor and have a look at the youtube video in the NPR link. It was produced by the war department. It's fascinating. I especially like how the solders were handling the fuel rods in t-shirts and no protective equipment at all. I am quite sure every single one of those poor guys died a horrible death not long after.
Why would every poor guy handling fuel rods be dead already? Looking at how everyone seems to smoke back then, I expect more solders died of smoking that any radiation issues. (Remember they are handling new fuel rods, which are not all that dangerous.)
Honestly, as a last resort, it's not a bad idea. I have a fair amount of ESD test gear at work, including a bunch of static discharge guns and the like that can be dialed up to some crazy levels. I was once stuck in a situation much as you - they controlled the modem/router and it was crapping out every few hours, and they were the only game in town for non-dialup access (this was 15ish years ago). I'd already replaced it with a spare that did not have the issue, but since it wasn't provisioned, the only place I could go was their internal pages.
I spent probably two hours going through L1 support, L2 support, and then had them tell me that "oh, sometimes the boxes just do that". So I took the box to work, fried the shit out of it, plugged it back in to let it power up and do real damage to itself now that half the fet gates were probably cooked, and then called them back to tell them that the box had finally crapped out and started smoking. They promptly sent me a new one, and told me "must have been lightning or some sort of power surge."
Yup, a power surge indeed.
Ha, been there. Interesting what a Tesla coil vacuum leak detector will do to some electronics.
If anyone would sell me a small reactor (e.g. from a sub or whatever), I'd be more than happy to install it in my back yard.
I'm curious - how big do you think submarine reactors are? And how big is your backyard?
A couple of useful hints, by the by:
1) a naval nuclear reactor is bigger than your house.
2) they require an ocean to provide cooling water for the system. Though they could probably manage with a decent sized lake or small river.
3) One man can't operate a naval nuclear reactor.
4) One house can't use the electricity they produce.
Hey, hey, you are being a little unfair here. I understand the nuclear reactor for the U.S. Navy's NR-1 is about the size of a garbage can.
Everything you know is wrong.
Hell, I learned that in P-Chem, but I suppose I am some sort of bozo.
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