Benefitsand Disadvantages of Energy Alternative
Energy alternatives refer to renewable energy sources that are deemedto be more efficient and effective as opposed to non-renewablesources. There are many types of energy alternatives including windpower, nuclear power, solar energy, geothermal energy, hydroelectricenergy, geothermal energy, ocean energy and hydrogen energy(Budischak et al., 2013). This paper narrows down to thebenefits and disadvantages of the commonly used energy alternativeswind power and nuclear power.
It is cost efficient
Facilitates environmental sustainability
Does not consume a lot of space land can be used for other compatible purposes such as farming
It is perceived as an interesting feature of landscape thereby beautifying the general outlook of a place
Suitable for remote areas that are not connected to electricity
They are available in various sizes and varieties making them available for various individuals and businesses (Budischak et al., 2013).
Inconstant wind strength hence discontinuity in the flow of energy
Conservatives are greatly opposed to them as they feel that the country should be left untouched
They are noisy especially when the wind is blowing at high speed. Scientists provide the analogy that one wind power is capable of making the same level of noise as a family car travelling at a speed of 70 mph.
While some people find them interesting and as a touch of beauty to the environment, others find them unpleasant.
The manufacturing process of wind power is highly pollutant
It facilitates a reduction in the use of fossil fuels and, consequently, reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
It helps in saving the raw materials in a major way because less fuel is consumed in production of high levels of energy (Twidell & Weir, 2015)
Unlike wind power, nuclear power ensures continuity in energy production
It does not depend on natural aspects
It is an alternative to fossil fuels
Managing nuclear waste has become a major challenge
The life of nuclear plants is limited the energy’s sustainability is, therefore, not guaranteed
Nuclear plants lead to external dependence in that many countries do not have uranium mines they have to import
Nuclear power is increasingly being used in the military industry, and it is a major objective for terrorist organizations
To sum up, none of these two sources can be said to be better thanthe other. Both sources, as outlined above, have benefits anddisadvantages. However, one method could be regarded as a betterpriority than the other in some situations and not others. Prevailingsituations are, therefore, a major consideration that should be madebefore settling for a specific energy alternative.
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Twidell, J., & Weir, T. (2015). Renewable energy resources.Routledge.