Daniel Halliday
Jul 3 · Last update 1 mo. ago.
Could the world leave behind nuclear energy?
There are 449 civilian run nuclear fission power plants globally, and in 2017 they generated approximately 10% of the worldwide energy supply. In many countries internationally there has long been a push to stop or minimise the use of nuclear reactors, following accidents or nuclear waste scandals. Likewise the global call for cleaner, more sustainable methods of generating power has become stronger in recent years. With this in mind could the Earth afford to leave behind this controversial energy source, and are alternative technologies able to fill the void that nuclear power would leave?
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No – sustainable low carbon plants will not meet future energy needs
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No – sustainable low carbon plants will not meet future energy needs

Sustainable and renewable power sources are based on powering things from fairly inefficient means of transferring kinetic, heat or light energy into electrical energy, for example in a solar panel too small an amount of light is converted into electricity. Hydro, Solar, Wind, Geothermal and Tidal power plants current meet around 20% of the world’s total required energy supply, even with future developments and better technology, this may not be enough to take over from the combined use of renewable nuclear and fossil fuels currently in use. However, moving forward energy needs will change also, and future industries such as space travel (either consumer, military or mining) will inevitably rely on nuclear power, we should be funding research on this now to lead the way in a nuclear revolution of more efficient and safe nuclear energy production. Currently too many restrictions are limiting progress in this field, nuclear energy is a low carbon alternative to fossil fuels and should be stepped up to address climate change and to preempt future energy needs.