March 2008

More on nuclear

In "Nuclear power is the answer" by Dr. Hans D. Bauman (November 2007 InTech),

Bauman has done a great job by nicely analyzing various so-called environmentally-friendly power producing technologies.

But definitely there must be some benefit that has made these technologies to develop as alternatives.

However it would be more to the benefit of readers if Bauman writes a paragraph on nuclear power and how it is a more eco-friendly fuel to generate power. 

Still, many countries are not able to make best use of this capability for power generation. 

An on going discussion shall definitely be helpful in making things happen much better toward nuclear power generation and more so a definite ban on use of nuclear fuel for destructive purpose.

S.K. Bhattacharjee, Chambal Fertilisers & Chemicals Ltd, India

Hollywood fuel

Dr. Bauman: 

I have just read "Nuclear power is the answer" in the November 2007 InTech. I have long been a fan of your writing and have used your text/reference books for many years.

I have just completed my 42nd year in Instrumentation and have witnessed many of the next "Saviors of the earth" concepts.

You are absolutely correct in your thinking about the real solution to our energy problems being fission or fusion technologies.

The mystery to me is how otherwise intelligent people can believe we can defy the laws of physics to create alternative fuels. I am also amazed at the number of Hollywood celebrities, who have parlayed their ability to pretend to be someone else, into a fountain of knowledge on environmental issues. I often wonder where they think the fuel for their Lamborghini comes from.

Keep up the good work. 

Many of us in the industry, whom you have never met, have a tremendous amount of respect for you and your efforts. 

Troy G. Mallory, Chief Field Engineer

Fine line lessons

The December 2007 Channel Talk, titled "Walking the fine line," provided the first 10 of 25 lessons for systems integrators. I found the article to be very interesting and looked forward to sharing all 25 lessons with my engineering staff. However, the January 2008 Channel Talk covers a different topic (with a promise to roll out additional columns on that topic throughout the year). Any plans to provide the follow-up for the December Channel Talk with the additional lessons? 

Charlie Hannum, PROCONEX