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    Re: Car Insurance

    Surely you want an RTG for a bunker? Very simple with not much to go wrong and last for years.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioi...tric_generator

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    I'd want something with control rods. That way I don't need to use up the fuel life (as much) while it's idle waiting for the apocalypse.

    Unless the small RTGs don't see any significant chain reaction going on, in which case it wouldn't make much difference in the longevity

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    RTGs don't have any chain reaction, they run off decay heat.

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    Re: Car Insurance

    can you insure the RTG?

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    Re: Car Insurance

    Quote Originally Posted by wiki
    RTGs are usually the most desirable power source for unmaintained situations that need a few hundred watts (or less) of power for durations too long for fuel cells, batteries, or generators to provide economically
    now why are we not putting these inside HTPCs? Or mobile phones for that matter. I mean who doesn't want radioactive elements in their trouser pocket right? If it's mostly alpha decay then can't that be stopped by a metal casing without too much issue?

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    Re: Car Insurance

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    now why are we not putting these inside HTPCs? Or mobile phones for that matter. I mean who doesn't want radioactive elements in their trouser pocket right? If it's mostly alpha decay then can't that be stopped by a metal casing without too much issue?
    The power density is too low. Best case is around 4W/kg compared to 1000W/kg or so for lithium ion. You'd need at least 250g of RTG to power a phone, and your HTPC would weigh about as much as a small fridge.

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    Re: Car Insurance

    Quote Originally Posted by Butcher View Post
    The power density is too low. Best case is around 4W/kg compared to 1000W/kg or so for lithium ion. You'd need at least 250g of RTG to power a phone, and your HTPC would weigh about as much as a small fridge.
    ooh, yeah that wouldn't be too good. That would be a bit like launching a 5GHz flagship mulitcore CPU that needed a ridiculously sized industrial chiller unit to enable it to reach those speeds. Kind of renders it impracticable. That's just crazy thinking that would never see the light of day, let alone be put in press releases or marketing...

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    Would keep your room warm too as they give off plenty of waste heat, the most efficient design (the ARSG) gives off 500W of heat for 140W of electrical power.

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    ok, definitely NOT what you want in your trouser pocket. Unless you're trying to pioneer new forms of novel birth control...

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    I reckon we should try the RTG powered HTPC though as a Hexus project. These Russian surplus RTGs seem in good nick.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Butcher View Post
    I reckon we should try the RTG powered HTPC though as a Hexus project. These Russian surplus RTGs seem in good nick.

    we're going to need a bigger chassis....

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    Re: Car Insurance

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    So assuming there are no claims in the next 12 months it should go down ?

    It does point to some truth that if you are involved, whether it's your fault or not, they mark you down for it. It's no wonder for small repairs nobody wants to inform them.
    Three years of inflated premiums I believe is the norm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    now why are we not putting these inside HTPCs? Or mobile phones for that matter. I mean who doesn't want radioactive elements in their trouser pocket right? If it's mostly alpha decay then can't that be stopped by a metal casing without too much issue?
    Someone designed a hybrid radio isotope mobile phone battery many years ago. At tiny generator kept a battery always on charge. Would have worked for feature phones, don't know if they could have scaled it enough for smartphone use. I think it scared people though, wusses.

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    Probably still quite heavy too? Even with fairly minimal shielding the actual fuel is typically plutonium which is very heavy. I suppose they could use Strontium which would help with fuel weight at least.

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