Bill Gates' Nuclear Option
- Oct 17, 2020 8:35 pm GMT
With the coronavirus pandemic raging and the economic devastation it has wrought - not to mention all the other social turmoil this year has seen - it can be hard to focus on anything else. But climate change is still with us, and strong efforts are still needed to prevent the worst effects it can still bring in the short, medium, and long terms.
Current sources of renewable energy such as wind and solar have major drawbacks. These forms of energy are either intermittent (unpredictable), have low levels of energy density, or both. This means they need either huge swaths of land, huge batteries, or both. Also, huge amounts of natural resources will need to be mined and manufactured, and several technological breakthroughs in battery technology will need to be made, before we can power our society with it. The amount of electricity consumed by humanity is truly enormous: 25,606 TW-hrs, as of 2017. Since the twenty first century, global electricity consumption has increased annually by 3.4%, with developing countries increasing their electricity demand rapidly.
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