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    Re: Small Nuclear reactors.

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I was a nuke in the Navy. I know how the systems work. There are cleanliness standards and redundancy necessities not mandated in coal plants. The systems work different even if the very base process is the same. You may be able to salvage some system equipment but cleaning costs for most may very well exceed that of simply replacing them with new equipment. Then there is the material standards. It would depend on how much was invested into the coal plants to begin with.

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    Mind you I am not speaking from experience, but I think the steam loop on a coal fired plant would need to be just as clean as any other.
    Contaminants in the steam, would be bad for the turbines, no matter how the steam was generated.
    I am sure you are correct about the rest of the plant, coal plants are dirty places, they spray water on the coal heaps to keep the dust down,
    but you will still see it several miles down wind of a plant.

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    Re: Small Nuclear reactors.

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    Mind you I am not speaking from experience, but I think the steam loop on a coal fired plant would need to be just as clean as any other.
    Contaminants in the steam, would be bad for the turbines, no matter how the steam was generated.
    I am sure you are correct about the rest of the plant, coal plants are dirty places, they spray water on the coal heaps to keep the dust down,
    but you will still see it several miles down wind of a plant.
    Oh no, you learn in nuclear power there are many, many levels of clean.

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    Re: Small Nuclear reactors.

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Oh no, you learn in nuclear power there are many, many levels of clean.

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    I can appreciate that, I did some work with high vacuum systems, and there are many levels of something being a gas tight seal.

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