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Monday, 10 August 2015

Nuclear fission Power.

Nuclear fission Power.

Nuclear power is a hot topic amongst people. It's like Marmite, you ether love it or hate it. Personally I'm for nuclear power as opposed to the other options available. The United kingdom is a small Island with 64 894 610 people living within it's boarders. We are at the moment dependant on importing gas and coal to supplement our power needs. I think this country needs to be able to provide a sustainable source of power to meet the needs of a growing population that is not dependant upon importing resources from country’s that may in the future decide to restrict or cut off all together these supplies.

I would like to hasten to add here that I do not see nuclear power as the solution to our power needs but as a temporary stopgap, until we have something that is also independent from the influences of foreign powers that can cleanly and safely provide our power needs.

I see two ways forwards from nuclear fission power, renewable resources like wind, solar, wave, hydroelectric and geothermal are ones that jump immediately to mind, can you think of any others? And the second is still in the realms of science fiction but is being developed at this moment which is nuclear fusion This as I understand it when the scientists have cracked the problem of creating self-sustaining fusion reactions, will provide a clean and plentiful source of power which will allow us to phase out the use of nuclear fission.

Until then I feel it's right to support nuclear fission reactors, only by supporting them can we overcome some of the problems caused by them. Fast breeding reactors for instance can depose of the waste problem by using spent fuel. Fast reactors could deal with the plutonium stockpile in Britain in five years.

Spent fuel remains a major radiological hazard for thousands of years. The plutonium — the most ubiquitous and troublesome radioactive material inside spent fuel from nuclear reactors — has a half-life of 24,100 years. A typical 1,000-megawatt reactor produces 27 tons of spent fuel a year. None of it yet has a home. If not used as a fuel, it will need to be kept isolated for thousands of years to protect humans and wildlife.”

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