This blog post was originally posted on Animpossibleinvention.com.
The current development in LENR, where things seem to be moving fast towards confirmation of a new energy source, could finally open a way to dispel what I call the streetlight paradox of energy.
It’s about time.
You’ve probably heard the joke about the drunkard who is searching under a streetlight for something he lost…
The linked blog is somewhat confusing in its use of the terms “on-demand” and “transportable”. It classifies hydropower as not on-demand together with solar and wind, even as it is directly available on demand in the same way as coal and gas. And nuclear as non-transportable, even as we have multiple ships and submarines using it.
Well Abbe, I think you see my point anyway. Hydro is the exception in category 2. Quite on-demand in fact. Only an insignificant fraction of installed nuclear fission power is transportable, and only under very particular conditions such as military vessels.