politicians, economists, and engineers on the energy crisis.

What to do about energy, here is what an array of predominant figures have to say.

How Nuclear Power works and what politicians think about it

A video of politicians talking about nuclear power.

information about Nuclear Power

Information about nuclear power from www.nei.org

Nuclear Power

Many people do not understand the truth about Nuclear Power.

Theoretically Nuclear power makes the most sense, because there is more potential energy stored in enriched uranium than any other viable energy fuel, Nuclear energy is the best alternative energy source. Because So much power is generated per unit of uranium, using this as a power source will have the smallest impact on the environment. If we compare it to other sources of energy, the amount of waste created is substantially less when using a nuclear energy source. The exciting thing about nuclear energy is the fact the the potential of this energy source has not been reached, meaning that Research and development will directly result in better energy production. This has been true in countires like france who have made developments in Nuclear technlology which have minimized the environmental impacts of the energy source, while maximizing energy output. The most exciting technologies is the idea of nuclear fusion, and the potetial of this technology is phenominal.

It is very clear that the postives aspects of Nuclear engineering from a scientific stand-point clearly out weigh the negative impacts. Developement of this technology has and will create a more and more efficient, safe and environmentally friendly energy source. The Nuclear technologies provide a pathway to an energy source which has the realistic potetial to provide 100% of the world’s energy needs while those energy needs rise.

Economically Nuclear power provides the most affordable alternative. The investment in Nuclear power infrastructure, including  Research and Development will pay off. This is because of the awesome energy potential of Uranium. The greatest thing however, is that investment in nuclear power plants using today’s technologies also pay off, if we compare the costs of operations using each energy source it looks like this:

Electricity Production Cost by Fuel Type (2007)

  • Nuclear: 1.76 cents per kWh
  • Coal: 2.47 cents per kWh
  • Natural gas: 6.78 cents per kWh
  • Oil: 10.26 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh)

Taking into consideration that solar and wind power costs around 15cents (as a low estimate) per kWH we can see that Nuclear fuel is the most economic source of energy.

Nuclear energy is the only viable source of energy heading into the future.

The world is facing an energy crisis, more people than every are emerging into the middle class because more businesses are starting, and big business are expanding. This process is a direct result of globalization, and is usually viewed as a positive force. These people have added tremendous value to the world economy.  There is however one problem, the energy strucuter currently in use is not designed to provide power for all the new and projected consumers. Oil, coal and other fuels as an energy source do not have the energy out-put capability to provide power to all of the projected energy consumers.

Nuclear power has the potential to provide power for all and any energy consumer without having tremendous effects on the environment. Nuclear power is the only energy source that has the capability of providing excess power when power needs double or even triple. This is why the investment in Nuclear Energy is an important descision to make, and a step that all of the developed world should go through with.

 

-Trevor Slade

Fossil Fuels

The most popular, and cheap form of energy are Fossil Fuels.  These include coal, oil and gas. This energy source has to be mined and to create energy, Fossil fuels are burned typically in a combustion process. Both Mining and burning this energy source has its effect on the environment.

Any information about the cost, environmental impact, efficiency and so forth should be posted below!

Where should we get our energy?

The purpose of this post is to creat a conituing discussion on energy sources. All types of energy sources will be posted under this catagory. We will have debates as to which energy sources are superior, and have a conversation concerning what we think future green energy will envolve.

Essentially it is crucial for all engineers to understand the energy issue, because many of the future jobs in engineering will be in the “Green sector” and the or more generally the energy sector.