Alternative Renewable Energy

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With the depletion of fossil fuel resources comes speculations and debates about alternative energy sources. The world, including the Philippines, is practically dependent on a dwindling non-renewable source of energy. Today, experts are debating about and considering three options: Nuclear, Solar, or Wind Energy. Everyone has been accustomed to the bad image of nuclear energy as a result of the Chernobyl and Fukushima incidents above all others. The popular belief is that radiation from a nuclear meltdown is very harmful to humans and other living things—which is true—and that nuclear power plants are very dangerous and not ideal—which is not. According to Smith, et. al (n.d), all the nuclear disasters that ever occurred were caused by human error and natural disasters like tsunamis, not one because of system failure. Putting the false beliefs aside, with proper engineering and adequate maintenance by experts, a nuclear power plant is a very ideal and viable source of energy for the following reasons: ➢ Building a nuclear power plant requires less land space than solar or wind farms. With the current overcrowding issue in the Philippines, taking up less space for energy production is more ideal and less insulting to Filipino families who live under bridges just to fit in the cities. It is also a better option for manufacturers because less land space means less costs at least in terms of land ownership. ➢ Nuclear energy is very efficient and reliable. Unlike wind and solar farms, nuclear power plants can operate twenty-four hours everyday unless subjected to maintenance and can produce a constant energy output that is not affected by weather conditions. Solar energy relies on the sun to produce solar power, making it impo... ... middle of paper ... ...ut. It was caused by a faulty design and poor observance of safety. Fukushima was also caused by a faulty design, considering the area it was built on was susceptible to tsunami. One of the reasons why the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was closed was because of the strong public opinion against utilizing nuclear energy. If only the people were well informed and not prejudiced against building a plant that would help our economy and ease our poverty a little, then we would probably be a little more successful right now. Another reason is because of the area where the power plant was built—on an earthquake prone area near a volcanic formation, a threat to public health. Again, overall, with proper maintenance, engineering, and expertise, nuclear energy is a very good investment, especially for the Philippines which is in need of a cheap but beneficial source of energy.
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