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Nuclear Power Solar Power
Debate Score:50
Arguments:44
Total Votes:51
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 Nuclear Power (24)
 
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Nuclear Power VS. Solar Power

Which is better?

Nuclear Power

Side Score: 27
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Solar Power

Side Score: 23
2 points

Nuclear power=infinite energy. We just need to get the hand of it. Our current nuclear technologies are definitively archaic.

Side: Nuclear Power
AgentK(14) Disputed
1 point

How is nuclear energy infinite? The First Law of Thermodynamics says that energy under normal conditions cannot be created or destroyed, simply transformed from one type of energy to another. The fuel source for nuclear energy dictates the life of the energy output... even the sun has a life of 6 billion years left only.

Side: Solar Power
kozlov(1755) Disputed
1 point

Theoretically, energy can be derived from almost any atom in the universe. Furthermore, like you said, energy can only be transfered.

Side: Nuclear Power
anniething(19) Disputed
1 point

Will upgrading our technology help us to overcome the problem of nuclear waste or a possible nuclear accident? The root of the problem is still not resolved. Shouldn't we err on the side of caution?

Side: Solar Power
2 points

Nuclear Power is the future for energy. Nuclear is far more efficient then any other form of energy. Hopefully in the next 20 years or so we will be able to use nuclear fusion to produce energy because it has no waste and produces more energy then fission, but until then fission is the best source of energy we have.

Side: Nuclear Power
2 points

In the 60 year history of Nuclear power stations, there have only ever been 2 major accidents. The remainder of the time, Nuclear power plants produce large amounts of power whilst at the same time producing little noise, and releasing only steam. Whilst radioactive waste is produced, it is highly regulated, being sealed in concrete containers and placed in long term storage. Contrast this to the array of chemicals and pollutants that are released into the atmosphere by traditional fossil fuel plants.

Due to the high energy density of nuclear power stations, one plant could power at least one major city. In contrast, a massive solar array would be required in order to generate the same amount of power. This takes up vital land required for housing and agriculture.

And it gets even better, Nuclear fusion plants are currently in development. These have the potential to generate even more power, without producing any radioactive waste. They would be small enough and safe enough to have fusion plants in the middle of cities. Nuclear power is the only way to meet a growing global demand for energy.

Side: Nuclear Power
1 point

High energy density.

Side: Nuclear Power
1 point

To be honest, it is a factual understanding by science community that the sun's energy is generated by nuclear fusion, which is a form of nuclear energy. We have developed a technology which harness a proportion of this energy output (radiation in the visible spectrum). So to vote for solar energy really, you are indirectly voting for nuclear fusion.

Though i agree that solar energy is clean, however, our civilisation is built on fossil fuel technologies and our future is ever more dependent on harassing greater sources of power for work, travel and entertainment.

Side: Nuclear Power
1 point

Nuclear power is far more effective than solar power. If we were to use solar power we would have to cover the countryside with solar panels. with just a few nuclear reactors we can easily power the whole country and once ITER gets up and running the nuclear fusion reaction will be able to easily support the whole worlds power needs.

Side: Nuclear Power
1 point

Solar power could easily power considerable portions of our energy needs without the risks associated with nuclear power nor the issue of hazardous waste disposal.

Side: Solar Power
Banana_Slug(845) Disputed
1 point

.... and over night?

Side: Nuclear Power
Jace(5187) Disputed
1 point

Solar panels gather and store enough energy during the day to provide power during the night.

Side: Solar Power
Boi_Savage(2) Disputed
1 point

Exactly how much does a nuclear power plant cost? And how much space does it take up? How much energy does it produce? Compare those to solar energy, and I think you will find that nuclear is superior.

Side: Nuclear Power

Solar Power is much safer than Nuclear Power. It you break a panel it may be expensive but you will be fine. Now if you have a meltdown then you have a major problem.

Side: Solar Power
Banana_Slug(845) Disputed
1 point

not really true, do you have any clue from what and how are they made?

Side: Nuclear Power
0 points

Oh so you would rather have a nuclear meltdown than a cracked panel? Interesting.

Side: Solar Power
1 point

True... the nuclear waste has a half life of thousands of years, which could easily contaminate anything it touches. Whilst the materials used in a solar panel is harmful to the environment, it's easily manageable by waste contractors. In fact, a high % of a PV cell is recyclable.

Side: Solar Power
1 point

I going to have to say solar, solar power is infinite as well, I was thinking if we could put a solar generator in space in orbit around earth and have it beam down energy to earth we would have clean unlimited energy so long as our sun is alive, even then we could tap into zero point energy from space. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid;=aF3XI.TvlsJk

Supporting Evidence: Solar Powered space generator (www.bloomberg.com)
Side: Solar Power
AgentK(14) Disputed
1 point

It's been calculated by the science community that the sun will burn out in 6 billion years time. In any case, the solar technology isn't there yet.

Please take a read of this article http://www.universetoday.com/18847/life-of-the-sun/

Side: Nuclear Power
1 point

solar power is self-sustaining and clean and should be used everywhere.

Side: Solar Power
Banana_Slug(845) Disputed
1 point

It's very far from clean, it works only during the day and it's depended on weather.

Side: Nuclear Power
AgentK(14) Disputed
1 point

Solar power is only one solution, you need to tailor to different renewable technologies dependent on the application and the local climate.

Side: Solar Power

Better, based on what?

I rest over here because I'm choosing better based on what it does for the planet, and how easy it is to use it.

Side: Solar Power

I will opine with solar power because nuclear power can produce negative consequences.

Side: Solar Power
Boi_Savage(2) Disputed
1 point

As can solar power. Those solar panels? They can cause silicosis. Solar energy also has the highest death per kWh. And guess who's lower? Nuclear is.

Side: Nuclear Power
1 point

The energy released during nuclear fusion of hydrogen atoms is a clean and effectively limitless source of energy, however we are as a species lack the ability to directly harness it here on earth. If we can develop the means to conduct nuclear fusion sustainably and directly harness the energy released we will be set for energy for the foreseeable future. Since nuclear fusion in any form requires massive infrastructure to even occur let alone see any net results we must find a sustainable source in the meantime, namely more effectively directly harnessing the massive energy of the sun through wind, solar or hydroelectric energy. Nuclear fusion on earth is the future, energy from the sun will have to suffice for now. Nuclear fission creates too much deadly byproduct and requires too much extensive mining and refinement to be considered viable

Side: Solar Power
1 point

Nuclear power is actually pretty safe; in terms of people that the power has killed; Nuclear power is actually safer than Solar (due to deaths due to manufacturing).

The issue is that Nuclear (specifically fission), isn't "Limitless" energy; while it is going to last significantly longer than oil, or gas; it is merely a short term fix; one that has a number of long term consequences.

Moreover, the time it will take to commission and build enough nuclear power plants makes it prohibitive as a renewable option: with 5-10 years inception to generation of a power plant, in the same amount of time and for the same amount of money, more energy capacity could be installed and built using solar.

Side: Solar Power