Andy just told me that he had spoken to a company that was planning to install charging stations in parking garages. I gave him a “chicken and the egg” comment, ie, what comes first, the car or the station. The conversation drifted off to green energy and he commented that the main problem with green energy (wind farms, thermal, solar, etc) was that the energy wasn’t where the people are. IE, if you have a wind farm on the plains of Texas, you needed to get the electricity to Dallas or Houston. And remember, he says, the electricity is used the moment it is made. You can’t bottle, store or ship it.
That had me thinking. If the energy source needs to be as close as it can to the user, then why not have those little nuclear generators that are about the size of the container (ship). They can sit on trucks and be moved to where they are needed. You could put one in each neighborhood (Wait for it, its coming). Each one can produce say 10 megawatts and power for 2000 families. Or in most cities, a small neighborhood. It could be parked on the street. There is one problem (here it comes).
Who would move it once a week for street cleaning? Can you imagine the parking tickets building up…But then, what enforcement officer would be hearty enough to actually approach the thing and put the ticket under the, under the what – reactor.
Actually, this seems to me to be the most sensible green energy solution. But it could even be smaller, and hence, safer. How about one that could fit in one’s basement. Output enough to power the house. It would probably be the size of a Fridge or maybe smaller. The power company shows up every five years to replace the energy source inside. HMMMM
I know there are hundreds of reasons why this won’t work, and the parking tickets aren’t even on the list. But it certainly makes as much sense as spending billions to build one in Arizona and stringing wire to LA.