nuclear power

Why are nuclear plants so expensive? Safety’s only part of the story

Enlarge US DOE Should any discussion of nuclear power go on for long enough, it becomes inevitable that someone will rant that the only reason they’ve become unaffordable is a proliferation of safety regulations. The argument is rarely (if ever) fleshed out—no specific regulation is ever identified as problematic, and there seems to be no …

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The Bitcoin Network Now Consumes 7 Nuclear Plants Worth of Power

The SHA256 hashrate that secures the Bitcoin network has grown massively during the last few years, as Bitcoin’s processing power has touched all-time highs in 2020. Moreover, the gigawatts of electrical consumption powering industrial bitcoin mining today consumes as much as seven nuclear power plants. Bitcoin mining is a process where groups of miners compete …

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