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      03-31-2009, 05:47 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by jm1234 View Post
Transmission line losses run less than 10% (the miracle of I^2R). Car engines run around 20% energy efficiency. Gas turbines do closer to 40%. I think nuclear plants run >90%. I'm not sure you would get up to 90% lost energy if you follow the energy from the source (chemical, nuclear, solar, wind, whatever it's initial form) to the car. ...
Nukes are only about 33% efficient. 67% of the radiation is released secretly into the environment.

The plant I'm at now will eventually generate roughly 5,348,000 hp in the core and send about 1,740,000 shaft horsepower between the turbine and the generator. That's the equivelent of 4,200 M3 engines connected together.