When we think of Nuclear Power, most of us think about the Nuclear Rods and Spent Rods that are used to make hot water or steam. It is the hot water or steam that generates the power; the Nuclear material in the rods is what is used to make the water hot.
There is a huge problem with the manufacture, transportation, storage and destruction of Nuclear Rods and Spent Rods. I address this issue in another page on this site with a technology that allows the Spent Rods to be recycled or reused over and over again. Using this process, the U-238 can be easily brought up to 80 percent as part of the process.
What if, Nuclear Rods were not needed to make hot water or steam? What if another material could be substituted to make hot water or steam as efficiently or more efficiently in existing Nuclear Power Plants? What if, this new material is not radioactive; non-nuclear? Suddenly, the transportation, storage and destruction issues almost entirely go away.
What is this new material? Many of us have had a demonstration of pure Sodium in High School Chemistry classes. This material is stored in water or oil and when it is exposed to the air, it catches on fire or explodes depending on which approach is taken. So…. Sodium, in its pure form, is very unstable and puts out heat, perhaps, a great deal of heat, when exposed to air.
Sodium must be made more stable to be used as a replacement for Nuclear Rods. Say, we mix it with the Element, Vanadium, so that the new alloy is 80% Sodium. Now, you put structures of this Sodium/Vanadium alloy in water and flow compressed air around and through the Sodium/Vanadium alloy. What happens? You get instantaneous hot water from the Sodium-Air interaction. But, the Sodium is locked into a molecular structure that does not allow electron loss. The Sodium/Vanadium molecules force the air molecules to change to a more active state (steam) which heats the water. Not a problem as the air, when it mixes with other air changes back to its normal state. Sort of like water becoming ice and water again.
What I am saying is that the Sodium/Vanadium material does not degrade or become used up or have to be replaced; it stays there and forces a state change on the air (in the water) = steam. This is a permanent way of generating hot water or steam.
Think of it as a replacement for hot water or steam generation for all Nuclear Power Plants, Nuclear powered ships and submarines, Space Stations, steam powered trains and ships, and the thousands of manufacturing processes that use hot water or steam. Don’t forget the heating of commercial and residential and office buildings.
One last thought. Sodium is one of the most plentiful elements on the planet; the seas are full of Na/Cl or Salt. It is not so hard to separate the Sodium from the Chlorine, but must be done carefully as the Chlorine gas can be dangerous. But hey, it can be used to Chlorinate pools and water as well as making bleach.
This is very common sense, but there are some process steps left out in making the Sodium-Vanadium alloy.