An Analysis of Literature Concerning the Future of Power Generation: Nuclear Energy or Renewable Energy?

591 Words Jan 9th, 2018 2 Pages
Introduction Neither nuclear nor other sources of renewable energy have been successful in taking over dominance of power generation from coal except in a few countries (e.g. France, Belgium). Therefore, this paper provides a review of the relevant literature concerning what the future holds for power generation, including an assessment of whether the environment risks are too high in nuclear generation activities. Finally, a summary of the research and important findings concerning these issues are presented in the conclusion.
Review and Discussion The growing energy demands of the emerging middle classes of the so-called BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China) will be straining existing fossil fuel supplies in the future. As Rhodes (2011, p. 37) emphasizes, "As the world faces an impending dearth of fossil fuels, most immediately oil, alternative sources of energy must be found." Although nuclear energy provides just a tithe of the energy needs of the United States today, some analysts maintain that nuclear power is the power of choice in the future given its ability to produce energy with minimal greenhouse gas emissions and ability to remain powered on a small amount of nuclear fuel. Most authorities today agree, though, that wind power and solar photovoltaic energy resources are even more efficient in reducing greenhouse gas emissions…