The world is in a state of crisis due to COVID-19 but “ENERGY”, “CONSERVATION” are still some terms that require our utmost attention. We all are waiting for a miracle to happen.
“The next energy miracle is nuclear energy”
The miracle is nuclear energy. Who would have thought that the reactions between atoms can produce so much energy. But here we are. Nuclear power is the fourth-largest source of energy in India after thermal, hydroelectric and renewable sources of energy.
Now the question arises, why is it a blessing?
We all want energy that can be produced in huge amounts with a teeny tiny use of resource. Can you guess the energy produced by Nuclear fission? Nuclear fission produces energy equal to 10 million times of the energy produced by burning of an atom of fossil fuel or hydro or wind power.10 million times! That’s right. SO MUCH ENERGY.
Generally with energy, we even cause pollution because burning fossil fuels leads to evolution of CO2 which leads to global warming but here in this case, we can save our planet from Global warming as there is no release of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, chlorofluorocarbon) during nuclear reaction.
We all know the skyrocketing prices of fossil fuels but to produce Nuclear Energy we require a Uranium isotope which is not so expensive and surprisingly we have reserves that can last up to a 100 years. 100 years = Huge amount of energy.
Nuclear fuel is inexpensive and easier to transport and the plus point is it can be produced in large quantities over short periods of time. Less waste, the much better product it is. When compared to the fossil fuel waste, the nuclear waste which occurs due to the production of nuclear power is small in quantity.
Now as we all know, the oil prices are in a state of downfall due to COVID-19 and infact these oil resources will get over soon but if we use Nuclear energy then we can save these oil wells.
Every coin has two sides. Even Nuclear Energy can be a curse.
Nuclear plants are dangerous if it explodes. Thousands of people suffered in the nuclear accident happened in Chernobyl in 1986. Recently, on march 11th, 2011, four nuclear reactors exploded in Japan due to earth quake. And there are 17 nuclear plant explosions happened in the world till now.
It even releases radiation which can be harmful for the surrounding living things.
The major point is Uranium is not renewable. If the resources of uranium are completely used, there isn’t any more.
Terrorists may take advantage of this and may produce nuclear weapons, which is a great risk for entire world.