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Belgium’s Nuclear Power Plants Falling Apart

doel-nuclear[source] The Belgians conveniently located one of their two nuclear power stations in Doel at the border with the Netherlands. If something goes wrong, large parts of the Netherlands will become uninhabitable, but not Belgium.

The German government is preparing “critical questions” to the Belgian authorities on operational safety at the nation’s two active nuclear power plants, following a number of recent successive incidents at nuclear facilities.
After incidents at both Belgian nuclear power plants, German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has again put her concerns point-blank, demanding whether security is guaranteed at the Belgian NPPs, proposing Brussels to get rid of the nuclear energy altogether. The minister said, though, that the final decision remains with the Belgian people…

As long as these reactors that are falling to bits remain online nuclear incidents cannot be ruled out,” North Rhine-Westphalia’s regional minister Johannes Remmel was quoted as saying by the Belgium news outlet Flanders News on Tuesday. After “all these incidents,” it is strange that Belgium’s nuclear authorities are not considering taking all the country’s nuclear reactors offline, Remmel also said.

This should be the Dutch government saying this, before the Germans.

Reaction of the Dutch government: next year we’ll take in 250,000 refugees.

dimonaChernobyl Exclusion Zone (red) projected over Israel, north of their nuclear facility Dimona. That’s more than 150 km. If Doel goes down, cities like The Hague, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht would become uninhabitable. And since Rotterdam is the gateway to Europe, the consequences would exceed a much larger area than the Netherlands alone. That maybe the reason why the Germans sound the alarm bell.

And since with prevailing winds in the Netherlands from the South-West, this is news directly involving yours faithfully.

[rt.com] – Belgium’s nuclear power plants ‘falling to bits’ – German officials

Belgian Offshore Storage Solution

Die Energie-Insel aus der Luft.

Die Energie-Insel aus der Luft.

Vom Strand aus gesehenView from the Belgian beach

The idea is not new: build a circular dike in the sea and pump water out of it with energy from wind turbines for storage purposes if there is no actual demand for energy, like during the night. Let water flow back in again, propelling turbines to generate energy on the moment that you need it.

In 1981 the Dutch engineer Lievense presented the plan for this type of storage, but that was 1981 (when we heard him present his plans at our university) and now is 2015, where the energy problem has become acute. Decision for a go ahead: this summer.

Key data:

Discharge capacity: 500 MW for four hours
Max. difference water levels: 30 meter

In Europe, the on-land hydro storage capacity has been largely exhausted. Exception: Norway and Iceland.

[spiegel.de] – Belgien plant “iLand” in der Nordsee
[welt.de] – Wo unser Strom in Zukunft herkommen wird
[wikipedia.org] – Grid energy storage

plan-lievense[source] Original Plan Lievense

lievenseLuc Lievense

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Enercon E-126

The Enercon E-126, the largest windturbine in the world until Feb 2012. Hub height 135 m, rotor diameter 127 m, 7.5 MW, yearly yield 18 KWh. Eleven of those engines are installed in Estinnes/Belgium. Expected production of these eleven machines combined: 195 GWh or 17.7 GWh per tower per year. List price: eleven milion euro. Assuming a yearly maintenance cost of 2%, this would increase total cost to 17.6 million euro. Expected operational life: much longer than 20 years. Assuming 30 years, this would mean a power production of 531 GWh. Assuming market price for electricity from the grid of 20 euro cent/kwh, this would equate to an amount of power worth 106 million euro or six times the total cost of the machine, a spectacular return on investment. The turbine does not use rare earth magnets.

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[metaefficient.com]

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World’s First 6-MW Offshore Wind Turbine Thornton Bank Windfarm

[wikipedia]
[repower.de]
[cleantechnica.com]

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