Fusion power (fission welcome too)

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Still solid fuel.

Not good.
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Oh yeah, using graphite as a moderator has worked so well
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sparks wrote:
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Still solid fuel.

Not good.
But not terrible.

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Here’s an idea

Before you start a new graphite moderated reactor, you figure out what to do with the 250,000 tons of radioactive graphite already sitting around

This does not include the graphite spread around Chernobyl
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That's a good point from robinson for a change.

Water cooling and graphite moderation is a great recipe for bullshit. The curves do not work well together.
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On 20 August 2019 ONR gave permission for reactor four at Hunterston B nuclear power station to restart, but only until December. The reactor had an estimated 209 cracks in its graphite core, and had been shut down since 2 October 2018.

The older reactor three at Hunterston has an estimated 377 core cracks and has been shut down since 9 March 2018. ONR is assessing the safety case determining whether it can be restarted.

ONR has accepted EDF’s argument that it’s safe to relax the limit for the permitted number of cracks. The “operational allowance” for cracks per reactor has been doubled from 350 to 700.
https://theferret.scot/hunterston-graph ... s-nuclear/

Radioactive graphite is a real really real bitch to deal with.
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