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  •  I spent 10 years... (0+ / 0-)

    ...building nuclear carriers and subs. My father and uncle put in 30+ years and I have cousins, nieces and nephews who are now the 4 generation of our family "in the business."

    In short, the Navy is simply less bad at Nuclear energy than the commercial sector. I suspect that given the advances in battery technology that some subs could be built within 10-15 years that could operate essentially like Tesla vehicles: enough battery life to perform normal operations for 2, maybe 3 weeks, surface near a "recharging vessel" at sea or go to port for a  "quick charge" and repeat as needed. Given the size of a carrier -  hence the potential for even more space for battery storage - that is also not out of the realm of possibility.

    The technology is less daunting than overcoming the doctrine mindset.

    Occupy Wall Street AND K Street!!!!

    by Egalitare on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 12:08:25 AM PST

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    •  Why the hell (0+ / 0-)

      would anyone with any sanity want to run an aircraft carrier on batteries?!

      That has to be the stupidest idea I have heard in a long time.

      Hey, an aircraft carrier also has plenty of upper deck space. Perhaps they should put up some huge sails there and run the ship on wind power?

      Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
      -- Albert Einstein

      by bryfry on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 09:18:07 AM PST

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