It’s been a while since we posted an update on this blog but now that the exams are over the focus can fully return to the thesis project.
As comback I would like to focus on the question whether the world actually needs nuclear energy. Of course this is a complex question without a simple yes or no answer. There are many different angles on which we can approach the subject. Rather than focussing on giving a one sided view I would like to know your opinion.
To help you form your opinion it might be usefull to check out this clip I found on the TED website where they also have a debate about the subject
(The debate is in english but it’s possible to turn on dutch subtitels if you wish)
My opinion after watching the clip is that the world doesn’t NEED nuclear energy and that we should aim to power the world as clean and sustainable as possible. But the potential of nuclear power can not be underestimated, certainly when the nuclear plants have already been build I think it would be a mistake if they are closed down before they have reached their full lifespan. So we should avoid building new nuclear plants as they don’t form an answer to the current needs of the world (as stated in the video that is a project that could last 10 to 15 years to acchieve) and we should now put our focus on renewable energy alternatives whilst keeping on investing in the maintenance of our nuclear plants. The combination between both should provide a stable and diverse energy market that is reliable for the future whilst continuing to evolve to more renewable alternatives and ending in a world without nuclear energy.
Let me know what you think!