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(Argonne National Laboratory)   This is the 21st Century, so of course we should have nuclear reactors at every rest stop. They're so restful   ( divider line
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2020-12-15 11:36:34 PM  
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Right, because all of these pockets of radioactive material sitting on the sides of the road all over the country will in NO WAY ever have an accident or be subjected to a terrorist attack.  Or dumbass Billy Bob shooting it up with his .50 caliber.  Or one of those trucks plowing into it.
2020-12-16 7:44:18 AM  
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2020-12-15 11:11:16 PM  
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Argonne Labs Links FTW. Yes. Please.

Well, the first big problem is latency. Yes you can have fuel cell trucks, hydrogen burning trucks, or battery trucks, or hybrids, or whatever.

If you put in a nuclear reactor, you are going to be producing a given rate of electricity. What are you going to do with that? Because you will have five trucks come through one hour and then maybe no more for a day.

Well. You can use a huge battery. Charge that up, and when an EV truck comes through, it waits 2 hours or 10 hours for its battery to be charged from the nuke or from the other battery. Go take a nap. Have dinner. See a movie. Write a letter. Sleep. Wake up. Have breakfast. Get back on the road.

OR, if you use the electricity to produce hydrogen and store it in a tank, then a truck with a fuel cell or hydrogen combustion capability comes in and SHOOP SHOOP it is back on the road in 10 minutes. No latency problem. No batteries necessary for the truck OR the nuclear reactor. Barely enough time to hit the men's room.

Or do both and see which works better for everyone.

And while we are at it. Why not have oceanborne nuclear reactors for refuelling on the high seas? Submarine tenders can do this too. Or just have them producing hydrogen all the time and going from port to port dropping off hydrogen here and there?

Toot toot. "Hey look everybody! The HYDROGEN SHIP is coming into port!   Yay!"
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