With the current energy crisis affecting the planet, every time I hear more people talking about nuclear energy as a viable environmentally friendly alternative. And, why not? It turns out that nuclear energy currently supplies 20% of energy in some countries in the world.
But is nuclear power clean? Is it sustainable? How does the solar energy?
Is nuclear energy sustainable?
Nuclear power, which is derived from the fission of uranium, plutonium or thorium, is sustainable because we have thousands of years of uranium reserves. However, we assume that such expectations will decline once their use is beginning to increase. Note that nuclear energy is not renewable.
Is nuclear energy clean?
As for carbon dioxide emissions, nuclear power is quite clean. Not directly emit greenhouse gases. However, the nuclear cell cycle when produced indirectly, but dramatically reduced emissions compared to fossil fuel burning.
How does solar and nuclear energy compare?
Both solar and nuclear energy have their disadvantages and limitations as listed below:
• It would be an easier transition
• It provides much of the electricity
• It does not emit greenhouse gases (directly)
• There are many sources to generate
• It is currently cheaper than solar
• It is a renewable source
• Available to anyone
• You do not have waste
• You can improve efficiency, and therefore costs, with research
And I think the most important difference; solar energy does not have the risks of nuclear energy.