[ RadSafe ] Nuclear Power in Saudi Arabia

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Mon Aug 23 12:06:54 CDT 2010

Hi, George.

I've long thought that an interesting kinetic energy storage system
would be to compress air during the off hours, perhaps with systems to
scavenge the waste heat (and cool the compressed air to allow better
storage).  During the peak hours the compressed air can not only be
released to spin turbines, but the cold expanded air can be used to
enhance cooling of coolant in any thermal power plant, thus improving
efficiency.  Plus, it doesn't require a mountain.  

If you take it a step further, the air can be liquefied (probably
separating out the CO2, O2, and N2 into separate streams for different
uses).  The liquid N2 can be used as a portable energy source, with at
least the energy density of lead-acid batteries, and much lower disposal

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Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Nuclear Power in Saudi Arabia

When the Shah of Iran was still in power, he made comments that I found
very enlightened. In a nutshell, he chastised the USA for "wasting" 
petroleum products by
burning them for fuel. He pointed out that petroleum had many important
in  chemistry,
plastics, medicine etc., and no doubt many more uses not discovered yet.

After all, there was already technology in place to power
vehicles and make electricity using other methods.

Indeed we have only scratched the surface concerning DC electricity 
transmission, super cooled conductors, solar, bio, fuel cell, hydrogen, 
hydro, geo, and of course nuclear power.

Here in Missouri USA, we store kinetic energy at night by pumping water
the top of a mountain, holding it there for peak use times during the

George Dowell
New London Nucleonics Lab

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