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Thermochemistry and Nuclear power - Clean responsive electricity

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The talk will look at several problems with a low carbon energy market, and propose a common solution.

An initial look will be taken at the implications of entropy for the use and generation of both electricity and chemical energy.

The desire for carbon neutral hydrocarbons will be looked at, stemming both from their current use as industrial feedstocks, transport fuels and directly as energy sources.

Secondly the need for responsive electrical supply, especially given the unpredictable variability associated with many currently proposed renewables. The need for thermal power systems, and the entropy limits this put in place, will be considered.

A solution is proposed, which also opens options for higher efficiency in overall system efficiency.

The talk will then look at the ramifications of this for a thermal power station. Liquid Fluoride Thorium reactors are suggested as a good solution, based on entropy, safety and waste considerations.

This talk is part of the Inference Group series.

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