Atomic insights discussed how a US reactor could be brought up for $1500/kw within five years. The Zion Nuclear power station in Illinois was deactivated in 1998 but could be very affordably be refurbished and relicensed.
They ignored ocean currents 42 times stronger than the one used in their analysis.
They ignored deep burn nuclear reactors or advanced fuel recycling to achieve up to 60 times more efficient use of fuel.
They ignored using genetically engineered seaweed to enable biofuel to be generated at the same time.
They ignored ocean based processing of the uranium capture materials.
The above items are all stated in the various plans that Japan has been publishing for their proposed scaling plans for uranium from seawater. Japan is leading the effort to develop uranium from seawater, so ignoring how they say they will do it and selecting stupid choices to make a bad scenario is clear bias.
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