Solar Versus NuclearJune 6, 2011 No Comments
Nuclear Power vs. Solar Power
Is Nuclear Power A Waste?
One of the biggest debates is over nuclear power waste disposal. This is, to some, a shocking statistic. In the USA the solution is to box the waste and store it underground in the state of Nevada. Some of the waste ranges are from high-level to low-level waste. Every part of this waste needs to be investigated to see just how long and how much can be stored under Nevada before we have to look for alternative locations. We also need to investigate whether or not the waste could ever possibly contaminate the water, soil or air.
Solar is a green and renewable energy source. It can be reproduced daily or even hourly. It is clean, although some argue, that there are gases that are released during the solar cell manufacturing process. Of course there are gases released in the process, but just how much has not been determined. We are continuing to investigate the process so make sure you check back for future results.
Solar Compared to Nuclear Power?
Solar and nuclear power each have their advantages and disadvantages. Nuclear, being the older power technology, would probably run away with the trophy. But with the latest troubles in Japan, it is becoming more politically and environmentally unpopular.
Respective advantages in my opinion are as follows:
- a renewable energy source
- available to both residential home owners or commercial users
- waste issues do not exist(recycling is probable in the near future)
- this is an emerging technology with improvement in efficiency and transmission abilities.
- does not emit greenhouse gas
- easier transition to a centralized grid system because of its’ portion of electricity.
- long term resources available
- cheaper than solar power for now
It is my opinion that solar power has a great future and is going to be a large part of future energy production. Nuclear power has issues that will, in time, cause it to be replaced.