Is nuclear fission power globally scalable? This article shows why it may not be.
We currently have 440 commercial nuclear reactors. To fulfill the 15 TW of current human energy needs we would need about 15,000 nuclear reactors!
Challenges for nuclear fission energy include the following:
- Land and location requirements
- Limited lifetime of plants
- Nuclear waste
- Accident rate
- Uranium abundance
- Uranium extraction from seawater
- Exotic metals