Sep
8

In Depth Advantages Of Nuclear Energy

 

advantages of nuclear energy

I know I’ve talked about this before but I wanted to make some improvements to the previous post. And I thought I should make a new post instead of modifying the other one.

Now, like in every aspect of our life, there are positive aspects and negative aspects for everything. We should now concentrate on the advantages of nuclear energy and not on the disadvantages.

Nuclear energy has the lowest impact on the environment by far since it doesn’t release any kind of gases in the atmosphere like carbon dioxide or methane which are pretty much responsible for the greenhouse effect.

Also there is no adverse effect on water, land or any habitat due to the use of it.

High output of electricity

It is well-known that nuclear power plants are managing to produce a large quantity of electricity with minimum of resources. This is probably the main reason many countries have chosen to build a lot of nuclear reactors. The best example is France of course which produces 76% of its electricity with Nuclear Plants

Small fuel transportation volumes

We can say that one of big advantages of nuclear energy is the fact that you need to use just small fuel for greater results. Less fuel delivers more energy. Actually countries that already have many reactors save a lot of money with this method. It represents a significant save on raw materials but also in transport, handling and extraction of nuclear fuel. The cost of nuclear fuel which is usually uranium is about 20% of the cost of energy generated.

90% Capacity Factor

What this really means is that a nuclear plant produces energy in about 90% of annual time. It is not influenced by weather or any other natural aspects like renewable energy.

Great Alternative to Fossil Fuels

The world population is growing and we are using more and more fossil fuels. Producing energy from nuclear plants it has its benefits because we can use less fossil fuels. At this point fossil fuels are consumed faster than they are produced so using alternatives might be a good idea.

Lowers Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By using less fossil fuels we can also improve the air quality meaning the air will be cleaner.

 

 

 

advantages of nuclear energyThing is that most of us are living thinking that Nuclear Power Plants are evil, which is really far from the truth. We have to realize that most of the plants are built in the seventies and the eighties and those are a little problematic. But The ones build after the nineties are much safer and much more reliable.

Anyway, new technologies like the use of Thorium instead of Uranium is a large step forward. The major advantage of using thorium is that countries can outlaw the nuclear weapons faster and easier, whilst still allowing nuclear power.

ADS(Accelerator Driven System) Thorium reactors require a beam of protons to keep the nuclear reaction going. If the beam stops the nuclear reaction stops, so they can never suffer a run away melt down. In the event of a catastrophic earthquake,  the system can be stopped like switching off a light.

Unfortunately ADS Thorium reactors are only promoted by India at present and the Uranium industry perceives them as a hostile threat. Therefore the chances of Thorium ADS being adopted in western nations are rather slim. But one can never know.

 

 

 

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