The element thorium, named after the norse god of thunder, may provide a safer alternative as a fuel the key difference between thorium and other nuclear fuels is that it cannot sustain a chain reaction on its own.
Energy densities in nuclear reactors are much higher than those prevailing in the vast volumes of hurricane clouds against this we have to weigh the dangerous consumption of uranium in nuclear reactors instead of the limitless availability of renewable solar energy from the ocean.
Since commercial nuclear energy began in the mid-1950s, 2008 was the first year that no new nuclear power plant was connected to the grid, although two were connected in 2009 fukushima daiichi nuclear disaster an alternative cooling approach to large cooling towers. Nuclear energy has the potential to be one of the most efficient sources of energy, however the threat of its abuse has triggered a debate on its use for civil use in the absence of nuclear power, the onus would be on finding alternatives to nuclear energy to sustain the development of human race.
The alternative to nuclear energy peter graneau the most significant new energy development of the past hundred years has been electricity generation with nuclear reactors. Renewables swamp gas for new generating capacity in 1st quarter of 2016: 1,291 mw to 18 mw no new capacity for nuclear or coal non-hydro renewables (953 gw) now exceeds nuclear (917 gw) in total generating capacity from sun day campaign. In the second installment of tell me more's conversation on the future of nuclear power in the united states, guest host farai chideya explores safer energy alternatives the debate on the safety of nuclear energy has been reignited by the continuing radiation threat at the fukushima power plant in japan.
The earthquake, tsunami and radiations in japan has once again ignited the debate on our dependence on nuclear energy critics have slammed the projections of government that nuclear energy is a safe energy source, and have stressed on the need to have suitable alternatives to nuclear energy.
Thorium could provide a cleaner and more abundant alternative to uranium (photo: three mile island nuclear power plant/ lyndi & jason via flickr) the world's growing need for energy, the limits of our supply of fossil fuels and concern about the effects of carbon emissions on the environment have all prompted interest in the increased use of nuclear power. Thorium reactors hold promise as an alternative for uranium in the nuclear energy sector, but are they really a viable option the world’s energy needs are expected to skyrocket thanks to. Alternatives to nuclear power summary there are substantial opportunities for australia to reduce it's needs for electrical energy without lowering our standard of living.