Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Power issues

On 16 July 2011, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) posted on its Englishwebsite a video clip taken by Japanese robot Quince showing inside of the No.2 reactor building of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Very Kool.

Switching to thermal power generation can cost ¥400,000,000,000 (Approximately$50.5billion)[Karyoku Daitai de Syotoku Ryusyutu 4-Chyo-Yen mo], 火力代替で所得流出4兆円も) by Tatsuo Kobayasi (小林辰男), Japan Center for Economic Research, July 15, 2011.
                    Japan would face a serious electricity shortage if all its 54 nuclear reactors stopped operating, since the country would be unable to bridge the gap with just fossil fuel power generation. If all the power plant shuts down, GDP would decrease 1.4% in 2011 and 2.2% by 2012, as Kobayashi forecasted. By 2020, the capacity of Nuclear Power generation will be half of what it is in 2011.

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