Today: 25.Apr.2019
Nuclear, coal, petrol (Kelvin Kemm) South Africa
26.Jan.2019
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Kelvin Kemm is a nuclear physicist and Chairman of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation and Nuclear Africa (Pty) Ltd: This article explains how nuclear can use coal to create petrol for many transportation applications. Somewhat more than a third of South Africa’s petrol is derived from coal via the SASOL operation. When South Africa was developing its own SMR the PBMR, SASOL was interested in building a PBMR near one of the catalytic cracking plants to supply process heat. At present the largest SASOL plant is in a town called Secunda. It burns coal to provide the process heat to crack the rest of the coal. About 60% of the coal brought into Secunda is burnt to provide the heat to crack the other 40%. So the idea was to build the SMR of about 100MW and then to use its heat directly to chemically process 100% of the coal to liquid fuels, including diesel, aviation fuel and so on. This was projected to be able to reduce the cost of petrol significantly.

Fossil fuels provide the largest amount of energy in most places around the world. Then hydro and nuclear. Wind and solar are the most dilute, variable, non constant and vulnerable to extreme weather events and earthquakes. Fossil fuels provide the largest amount of energy in most places around the world. Then hydro and nuclear. Wind and solar are the most dilute, variable, non constant and vulnerable to extreme weather events and earthquakes.
Read 189 times Last modified on Saturday, 26 January 2019 19:07

Newsletter Subscription

  • Latest
  • Popular
  • Andrew Kenny, physicist and mechanical engineer: South…
  • Michael Shellenberger, Founder - President of Environmental…
  • Rob Jeffrey, Economic Risk Consultant: Poverty is…
  • David Wojick, Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow,…
  • Andrew Kenny, physicist and mechanical engineer: The…