The debate of whether nuclear power can be considered as a clean energy source or not, is still on. While statutory definitions of what renewable energy is usually exclude this form energy, there are experts who consider otherwise. Here are the two sides of the story.
Is Nuclear Power Renewable?
While Uranium is a non renewable source, nuclear breeder reactors are known to create more fissile isotopes than they consume, making experts consider this as a renewable source. Thus in effect, nuclear reactors go on to renew their own energy sources as they operate.
Also, the planet has good supplies of fertile nuclear energy materials also, that will last as long as the sun’s energy does. Other reasons that lead experts to believe so are the benefits it shares with renewable energy sources, which are low carbon energy source and low environmental impact, highlights the World Nuclear Organization. There is a lot of debate about this and you can read more about it from renewable energy information sites.
Or is it Non-Renewable?
As per the US Department of Energy, nuclear fission is not considered to be renewable energy. This is based on the basic premise that nuclear energy depends upon the radioactivity of uranium (or other fuel sources) which are present in the earth in limited quantities only.
Once all the supply is used, it cannot be replaced, thus making it fundamentally non-renewable. However, with the above argument, we can see that the fundamental differences are just not enough.
While the above discretions are valid for the independent groups, and this form of energy continues to be the center of debate, the question of its safe usage still rallies. While nuclear power when used safely can work wonders producing large amounts of fuel from small quantities, it can also prove dangerous when not used cautiously.