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  •  Germany is in the process of phasing out Nuclear (3+ / 0-)
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    Richard Lyon, fcvaguy, poco

    power so the likelihood of relying on that seems pretty low.

    If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

    by AoT on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 12:06:48 PM PDT

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    •  OK, but something has to fill that hole (1+ / 0-)
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      I was just trying to think of what they might use for a thermal plant.  If gas is problematic (and I think the prospect of LNG infrastructure sufficient to make a real difference to Europe is remote, and six to eight years away in any event), then what's left is biomass/waste-to-energy, coal, or nuclear.  I suspect the biomass/waste-to-energy opportunities are too limited, and coal is too dirty.  There is no easy alternative.  I'm hoping that things like the rhubarb battery come to commercial application soon, changing the limits on what can be done with solar and wind, green but irregular energy sources.  Right now, there isn't a good solution to fill that non-green hole.

      •  I expect they'll go with gas (2+ / 0-)
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        for the near future. Sanctions would be brutal on the German economy, and that's all that's holding Europe afloat right now.

        If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

        by AoT on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 12:48:00 PM PDT

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