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Solar vs Nuclear Power: What Energy Future Are We Headed for? (Updated 2023)


  • Nary Vynns
    Posted June 5, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    very well written

  • d_mtrcycl_guy
    Posted June 12, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Feels like a very one sided discussion my friend.

    Finances –
    Does not really matter, the concept of Finance or Money as per say is “the value of money itself is, as much as you think it is.”. Earlier there was a Gold standard, but now this is it. And contrary to popular belief it does not depend on export, import or GDP, these indicators might influence it a little but not much. Therefore, you must have witnessed the Economic Crashes in the recent past.
    1. That being said the basic component of Solar panels is Silicon, the 2nd most abundant resource on earth.
    2. Sunrays are free
    Basic economics states, the rarer the substance the more expensive it should be. The question is why does a solar plant costs more than a nuclear power plant, its definitely not the economics, its the politics.

    Adaptability –
    Going solar is not only about getting your energy from the sun without CO2 emissions, its also about becoming a more conscious consumer. We have to lower our energy consumption by making more passive cooled/heating houses, more conscious use of nature and our surroundings, you kind of skipped this portion.
    Also decentralization of power, organisation hold consumer to ransom without any repercussions. Since rural ares are not profitable, they organisations will stick to urban areas and there is no development of the rural areas. you have the power of internet, the things you can instantly understand and comprehend, the rural areas have been denied of this for ages. Maybe its time we become a little less selfish.

    Fuel resources & Safety aspects and pollution
    You forgot to mention that Uranium is mined, in India its mined in Jaduguda, Jharkhand. If you have time please visit the place, see the condition of people who mine and transport Uranium, they mine bare foot, without masks, without any kind of protection. More people actually died from the dust than radioactive substance. The irony is that they actually published this and projected it in a way to show that “Dust is more harmful than Radioactive Substances”. I wish i could just stop here, but there is one more thing that you should know, 11 villages in every direction now have radioactive dust which is 1000 times more radioactive than required to harm a human being.

    The list of woes goes on and on from the mining to refining to transporting it, using it, by products, even cooling the reactor to end waste, Nuclear energy has the cost of countless existing and yet to arrive lives for centuries to come in this country.
    From the north east of India, Jharkhand to Southern point of India,Kudankulam, it leaves a trail of murder for cheap energy. All unaccounted for in your article.

    Nuclear clearly wins, but humanity loses.

    I hope we never have to use/consume products of other people’s misery.

  • Ronald Timmermans
    Posted September 19, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    How rapid the future changes… Now (medio 2016) the DEWA solar power plant in Dubai won a contract for supplying power to Dubai at less than 5 dollarcent per kWh (non subsidised !!). This is a game changer.
    According to a speech by Mr. Elon Musk (who usually is very scientific in his statements) the output of covering solar panels on the area that is to be used for a nuclear power plant (including the safe zones) equals or surpasses the output of that nuclear plant.
    I know what I would choose.

  • Gowtham V
    Posted December 2, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    In 2016 Solar power is way better in the long time. Just invest the money in improving the efficiency of solar rather than building stupid nuclear power plans which will be fully radiative after about 25 years and will become useless and effect humanity.

    As Elon Musk has said we can deploy a solar plan on the same area of a nuclear power plan considering the surroundings of nuclear plant will be dangerous to live near. Solar will over its disadvantages in just a few years .

    Building of more nuclear power plants in india must be stopped and must be replaced by solar plants or putting solar on every roof of houses in india by government will be a better investment in the long run and better for the future of humanity.

  • niknoknuk bukky
    Posted February 11, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    One upside of solar that is always discussed by it’s proponents is it’s scaleability, i.e. potential for off grid use. The problem here is that this can only be relied upon in year round sunny areas, otherwise you need various backup energy sources, say wind, …or even a generator if you have calm spells in winter,… … either that, or an insane amount of expensive battery capacity.

    The irony then is, that to make solar a cornerstone of the energy supply it would actually need to be ON-GRID, utilising, long high voltage transmission from massive solar farms in mid lattitude deserts, such as the Sahara, which have both large average insolation as well as minimal seasonal variances meaning far less energy storage is required.

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