Pros, cons of nuclear
AS THE world moves towards low-carbon renewable energy, thoughts are turning to the debate over nuclear power.
I accept there are many who have concerns about the safety of nuclear energy and the radioactive waste it produces however the next generation of reactors could provide food for thought.
Small modular reactors, or Generation IV reactors, are set to make nuclear power safer and potentially cheaper.
The ready availability of uranium in Australia plus political stability provides an environment for nuclearfuelled base-load electricity generation plants. Yet it can’t be denied that nuclear energy may pose other risks.
If we follow the mantra of technology agnostic then we need to face all questions and not let emotions dictate the outcome.
Combining the advantages of security, reliability and low greenhouse gas emissions nuclear power could hold the key to cheaper electricity.
Can it be concluded that nuclear power replacement of fossil fuel-fired electricity generation is a viable debate today?