France has 76 nuclear power stations … scattered among major cities.
There are 6 large power stations operating in Great Britain with another one about to be built.
The company that operated 250 wind turbines on a hill overlooking Sheffield walked away from them last year because their economic life had expired (they only last 15-20 years) and, because he couldn’t afford to remove them, and had nowhere to dispose of them they are still sitting there, now subject to legal action.
There are over 250,000 useless turbines standing in fields across the United States for the same reason.
The cost to remove the 9-ton concrete base is also a huge expense.
The blades can’t be recycled because of the composition and even a large semi-trailer could only remove one turbine shaft at a time and only if it could be cut into three pieces.
Knowing all this we are still building wind turbines… at what cost?
It is difficult to make a direct cost comparison between nuclear power stations and wind turbines over the course of their lifetimes, as they are very different technologies with different cost structures and lifespans.
Nuclear power stations typically have higher upfront capital costs compared to wind turbines, but they can generate electricity continuously, with low operating costs and a long lifespan of up to 60 years or more. The cost of decommissioning nuclear power stations can be high due to the specialized and complex processes involved in managing radioactive waste.
Wind turbines, on the other hand, have lower upfront costs compared to nuclear power stations but require ongoing maintenance and have a shorter lifespan of 15-20 years. The cost of decommissioning wind turbines is also significant but tends to be lower than that of nuclear power stations. However, over the same period wind turbines would be replaced a further two times.
The cost efficiency of a particular energy source depends on many factors, such as the cost of construction, fuel, operation and maintenance, and decommissioning, as well as the policies and regulations governing the energy sector. In addition, the cost of electricity generation can vary depending on location and other factors such as available wind resources, geography, and population density.
Overall, the cost efficiency of nuclear power versus wind turbines depends on many factors, and the relative costs may vary depending on the specific circumstances, nuclear provides reliable power, that would remain less expensive, as it is not reliant on continuous clement weather.
Well, we could build “clean coal” power stations.