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Published on August 5th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Nuclear vs Renewable Energy Infographic

August 5th, 2011 by  

We have featured a number of WellHome’s infographics on our site and, as a result, the folks there decided to ask us what matters we thought were most important at the moment and worth creating infographics about. I supplied them with my feedback and they’ve gone ahead and made an infographic on some of the topics I thought were hot and worthy of their time.

Referencing us and our sister site Planetsave, here’s a good infographic on nuclear power and how it compares to power from renewable resources. There are a few things I would have worded a little differently or put more or less emphasis on, but overall I think they did a good job, so kudos to them! The issues I have with it, which a commenter below was quite upset about, include:

  • costs per kWh include subsidies and make coal and oil and nuclear fusion look better than they are (though, as someone who has delved into these topics, figuring out those costs is quite the challenge and depends on which assumptions you use);
  • solar power can work in non-sunny areas and wind power does not need a ton of wind, so these are not as limited as the infographic may make them seem;
  • also, while solar needs a lot of space, that could be space on rooftops or over parking lots, which are underutilized spaces;
  • there are a few redundancies in the “minuses” of some of the renewable energy options.

However, overall, I think this renewable energy vs nuclear energy infographic is quite helpful and useful.

Check it out and let us know what you think (CLICK TO ENLARGE):

Graphic Created by WellHome Energy Audits

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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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