Pylon invasion

Posted: May 30, 2011 in Environment

IlieThe National Grid is planning to erect 60 miles of 160ft high pylons across the North Downs and Weald to carry what little power that the poor value for money wind farms produce.

Why don’t they lay their electric cables underground you may ask. As usual a cost figure has been snatched from the air which according to the National Grid is £14m a mile. But according to Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Denmark bury their high-voltage cables for just over £2m a mile. Someone is telling ‘pork pies’ (lies).

The exact route the pylons will take has not yet been published by the grid, but an outline indicates they will stretch from Lydd to Croydon which cuts across the North Downs and the Weald.

The anticipated year for the pylons to start invading Kent is flagged for 2017-18.

Then the following year, more pylons are expected to follow, appearing on a route embracing Canterbury through to Richborough, near Sandwich.

No mention of the growing amount of evidence suggesting health hazards come from exposure to these electricity carrying pylons.

A second front for the pylon invasion

National Grid also plans to build more pylons between Bramford and Twinstead, Suffolk between Lowestoft and existing lines. This could cross the beautiful and sensitive countryside of the Waveney Valley and the Broads if electricity from East Anglia Offshore Wind’s proposed wind farms is brought ashore at Lowestoft.

The pylons are upon us!

  1. Tony Rawlings says:

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Reactor Overview

    SSTAR is an acronym for the “small, sealed, transportable, autonomous reactor” – being primarily researched and developed in the USA by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It is designed as a fast breeder nuclear reactor that is passively safe. It has a self-contained fuel source of Uranium-235 containing also Uranium-238 which will be partly consumed by fast-neutron fission and, more important, converted into more fissile material (“breeding” Plutonium). It should have an operative life of 30 years, providing a constant power source between 10 and 100 megawatts.

    The 100 megawatt version is expected to be 15 meters high by 3 meters wide, and weigh 500 tonnes. A 10 megawatt version is expected to weigh less than 200 tonnes. To obtain the desired 30 year life span, the design calls for a movable neutron reflector to be placed over a column of fuel. The reflector’s slow downward travel over the column would cause the fuel to be burned from the top of the column to the bottom. Because the unit will be sealed, it is expected that a breeder reaction will be used to further extend the life of the fuel.

    SSTAR is meant to be tamper resistant, which would prevent the leasing country from opening the reactor to use the generated plutonium for nuclear weapons. The tamper-resistant features will include radio monitoring and remote deactivation. The leasing country will therefore have to accept the capability for remote foreign intervention in the facility. The feature might, however, interfere with possible recovery work during an accident.

    Currently, no prototypes for SSTAR exist – one is expected by 2015, and they are being researched as a possible replacement for today’s light water reactors. and as a possible design for use in developing countries (which would use the reactor for several decades and then return the entire unit to the manufacturing country).

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