Reliability of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy or as they are differently known the alternative energy sources has become one of the most debatable topics of our times related to their reliability. Hydrogen fuel, biomass, hydropower, solar power, geothermic energy and nuclear power are some of the most common types of renewable energy. On the other hand the fossil fuels (a not renewable energy type) still continue to dominate the energy sector, apart from the fact that it is a troublesome type of energy and nonsustainable. Furthermore the fossil fuels have a hazardous effect toward the environment and still overshadow the alternative energy sources about their reliability.
Breeder reactor is the best epitome of the type of the renewable energy that arises most of the reliability questions. A breeder reactor is a device which uses the principle of heat assisted atom splitting in order to generate power. Is is self sufficient and it consists of a coolant that serves as a core protecter from overheating. They are able to create 30% more fuel than the amount they consume. In addition, those nuclear reactors need only an infrequent uranium addition about energy production. The uranium, which is the first material about conversion is a sustainable material that is ubiquitously found on the seas and even minute amounts of uranium can generate ten times more energy than a ton of coal. One of the most crucial advantages that the breeder reactors garantuee is the ability of energy conversion from the uranium waste and the depleted nuclear weapons’s uranium. The breeder reactors garantuee a more inexpensive method compared to the more reliable methods such as fuel, because of the reusability of the uranium as first work material.
One of the most critical problems that arises the problem with the reliability of this renewable energy form is the accident possibility that is posed because of the high temperature and the fast pace on the work paradigm. Furthermore, the ability of plutonium that has a half life of 24000 years, to persist for a long time poses a threat for cancer in case of inhalation. Also the byproducts of the breeder reactors tend to be dangerous for human health. On the other hand, the newest nuclear technologies have developed plans to overcome the challenges posed from these breeders.

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http://www.altenergy.org/renewables/renewables.html