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Poll results: Should we build more nuclear power plants?



Last week we asked you for your views on the construction of new nuclear power plants. The question came as a result of Agneta Rising, Director General of the World Nuclear Association, suggesting that in order to secure a reliable source of low-carbon power, governments across the world should embark upon a massive building programme of new nuclear power stations. 

Rising clearly thinks that new nuclear power stations are a great idea. But did you?
To achieve a low-carbon future should more nuclear power plants be built?
The poll results clearly show that EngineeringPro readers are in favour of new nuclear power plants, with 80% of you voting ‘Yes – More nuclear power plants will be essential for low-carbon power’.

But it wasn’t an issue without debate.

Comments in favour of new nuclear power included EngineeringPro reader Thomas Carney who suggested that countries such as the US not only need to build more nuclear power plants, but actually need to catch-up with countries like France:

“YES!!! The French are on their Fourth-Generation reactors. The US has not gotten to a complete First Generation!”

Whilst supportive of new nuclear plants, reader Andrew Hall suggested that the industry needs to fix its perception problem:

“To achieve this goal there needs to be a change in the negative perception of the industry and the links to weapons. But for me it is a no brainer much better than the current energy production methods, especially here in Australia.”
EngineeringPro readers are in favour of building more nuclear power plants to help bring about a low-carbon future.
Reader Ian Sedgman meanwhile suggested that the technical limitations of storage solutions will play an important factor in the development of new nuclear plants:

“Nuclear will need to be part of the discussions if we are serious about accelerated transitions in emissions. As we better understand the current technical limitations of storage solutions it will drive more serious analysis assessment on the use of nuclear as the transition fuel.”

So, it’s clear. EngineeringPro readers are in favour of building more nuclear power plants to help bring about a low-carbon future.

What do you think?

Do you agree with the assessments of your fellow EngineeringPro readers? Will nuclear be an increasingly part of the energy mix as we embark on the energy transition? Or are there some crucial negative factors that have been missed out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

This week’s poll will be published later today.

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