Friday, January 12, 2007

Trojan Nuclear Power Plant Cooling Tower Implosion

1 May 2006 ~ Cooling tower demolition at the decomissioned Trojan Nuclear Power Plant. The tower WAS located on the south bank of the Columbia River about 20 minutes south of Portland, Oregon near the town of Ranier.

The NRC conveniently has removed the large plane scenario from their security assessment, yet as this video clearly shows, an explosion can easily take down a nuclear reactor.

Many more videos of this event posted on YouTube. Visualize these images in your mind to manifest the fate of the old and tired Indian Point nuclear power plant. Repeat after us: "Indian Point will NOT get its licence renewed!" Play it again and again, like a joyful mantra in your head... That's the spirit. You'll see, good news is contagious!


GerryWolff said...

It is surprising that anyone should want to use nuclear power in the US since there is a simple mature technology available that can deliver huge amounts of clean energy without any of the headaches of nuclear power.

I refer to 'concentrating solar power' (CSP), the technique of concentrating sunlight using mirrors to create heat, and then using the heat to raise steam and drive turbines and generators, just like a conventional power station. It is possible to store solar heat in melted salts so that electricity generation may continue through the night or on cloudy days. This technology has been generating electricity successfully in California since 1985 and half a million Californians currently get their electricity from this source. CSP plants are now being planned or built in many parts of the world.

CSP works best in hot deserts and, of course, these are not always nearby! But it is feasible and economic to transmit solar electricity over very long distances using highly-efficient 'HVDC' transmission lines. With transmission losses at about 3% per 1000 km, solar electricity may be transmitted to anywhere in the US. A portion of the Mojave desert would meet all the country's needs for electricity.

In the recent 'TRANS-CSP' report commissioned by the German government, it is estimated that CSP electricity, imported from North Africa and the Middle East, could become one of the cheapest sources of electricity in Europe, including the cost of transmission. A large-scale HVDC transmission grid has also been proposed by Airtricity as a means of optimising the use of wind power throughout Europe.

Further information about CSP may be found at and Copies of the TRANS-CSP report may be downloaded from The many problems associated with nuclear power are summarised at

GerryWolff said...

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