Existing Nuclear Power (Fission)
A Forgotten Solution
- It’s is safe
- It’s clean
- It’s cheap
- We know how to build it now.
Too often existing nuclear power plants, which split uranium for fission power, are neglected as an immediate solution to world dependence on fossil fuels. They are unfairly vilified because of false concerns:
- About safety, due to a very few high-profile accidents
- Knowing how to deal with radioactive nuclear waste
Safety: But those concerns are exaggerated and over estimated. Compared to all sources of power generation, the nuclear accident record is low. Experience has made safety a high priority. Designers are now more than capable of building reliable plants with redundancies and fail-safe’s, and protection against human error. Similarly, dealing with nuclear waste is less expensive and more reliable than dealing with other forms of toxic industrial waste.
Cost considerations do exist for creating new nuclear power plants. These can be addressed by making nuclear plants smaller and more reproduceable, or cookie-cutter-like. By manufacturing smaller, identical, nuclear plants in volume (as is done for automobiles or modular buildings), the average cost of new nuclear power can be dramatically improved. There just needs to be a will to invest in this technology.
The earth has ample supplies of uranium. Nuclear power via fission is one of the most powerful bridges to other clean renewables, like the nuclear fusion of the future.
Some original sources of information on the subject are:
A – Climate Change and the Nuclear Option – Download PDF.
author, Matt Lundy, 2018. Quotes from the article by Lundy:
- “Even though nuclear energy may very well be the golden ticket out of climate change, many countries are hesitant to adopt it.”
- “The threat of disaster, biased media portrayal, and an overall lack of understanding when it comes to nuclear, has scared the public and policymakers away from a potentially planet-saving energy source.”
The title links to the summary by World-Nuclear.org, outlining great progress on managing nuclear waste, achieved over decades. The state-of-the-art is described. Quotes from the page:
- “Nuclear waste is neither particularly hazardous nor hard to manage relative to other toxic industrial waste.”
- “Safe methods for the final disposal of high-level radioactive waste are technically proven; the international consensus is that geological disposal is the best option.”