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Discussions Discussion Nukes post-Fukushima
L M, April 25, 2012

I believe nuclear energy can be a viable and safe source of energy. Most nuclear reactors these days are generation I reactors that are dangerous and produce much to much waste not to mention the energy lost in our terrible electrical grid. Generation II reactors will be safer and better and can be placed closer to cities so all the power can be used.

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  • Viktor K-Sweden Viktor K-Sweden April 26, 2012
    I see where your going with this, and i too belive that nuclear energy is a safe source of energy. But even if we would upgread our generators, it still does not solve the real problem with nuclear energy, wich is how to store the used Uranium. Therefore I think the only solution is how we handle the final disposal of the used fule. When we figured out this problem, nuclear power will be the most efficient and safe energy source.
  • Andreas E-Sweden Andreas E-Sweden April 27, 2012
    Part of the idea with new generations of nuclear power plants is that they should be both more efficient and safer for future generations. For example the “fourth-generation” reactors are believed to yield hundreds of times more energy out of the same amount of fuel as today's reactors. The waste should then only be needed to be kept sealed for a few hundred years, compared to the milleniums today. In addition, those are predicted to be able to use the waste that are being burried today.

    Given that the nuclear power research continues, I am convinced waste won't be a problem within one hundred years.

    Still, nuclear power will always be dangerous if not handled with care, but compared to energy production with coal and oil I think nuclear power is superior, as the climate change, in my opinion, is more urgent to prevent.

    Some more reading can be found on Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_IV_reactor
  • Nick H. Nick H. May 1, 2012
    This is very interesting. As this technology progresses, do you think countries like Japan should use these reactors, or would be just as much at risk as they would be if they were using an older generation?
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