Kansai Electric Power Co. said today July 11 that Japan will reactivate another idle nuclear reactor at the Oi plant in Fukui Prefecture, western Japan on July 18. A sustained nuclear fission chain reaction, known as criticality, is expected to occur at the No. 4 unit on the morning of July 19, restart power transmission on July 21 and resume full-capacity operations by July 25, the utility said.
The No. four reactor at the Oi plant, which has been shut down for routine inspections, will turn out to be the country’s second nuclear reactor back online for the reason that last year’s March earthquake and tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The plant’s No. 3 reactor was restarted on July 1st and reached full capability on Monday, easing issues about a power crisis.
Soon after Oi’s No. 3 reactor regaining nuclear-generated electricity at full capacity, the government eased its power-saving target for the utility’s service area to 10 percent from the initially set 15 percent.
The Fukushima plant, found 230 km north of Tokyo, was badly hit by the magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami that triggered explosions, meltdowns and big leaks of radioactive material as the globe’s worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe.
The Pros of Nuclear Power
There are several distinct advantages to the nuclear power over the regular power-generation techniques.
Nuclear energy is highly concentrated kind of energy hence you only require negligible energy to drive the generation system. This in turn implies that the waste products produced are insignificant. Industries using traditional energy sources like natural gases and fossil fuels normally dump their abundant waste products in the environment. On the contrary, nuclear power industries manage their little waste products effectively hence it’s environmental friendly. Actually, the waste products are recycled and used as fuel for the next stage hence this energy source is completely green.
Nuclear power industries require small spaces unlike some of the conventional renewable energy sources like wind. The industry can be as small as what a small colony of people would require. If you have no vast areas for construction of dams required to generate hydro-electricity or mount wind turbine systems, nuclear energy would be a suitable option.
This energy source is sustainable hence has potential for serving making for many centuries after the fossil fuels run out. In addition, this energy source is highly affordable. Its cost is lower than that of regular energy sources. The energy can be produced `24×7’ thereby has potential to supply base load to the grid. This is unlike some conventional methods like solar that do not generate power at night.
Majority of the widely used energy sources currently are environmental unfriendly. Nuclear power is pollution-free and clean source of power. If you are concerned with many of the environmental challenges we are facing at the moment such as global warming, adopting this kind of energy source can help to address this problem effectively.
This energy solution does not emit ozone-depleting gases such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), methane and nitrous oxides among other options. Besides, it does not contribute to formation of acid rains since it does not produce substances such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur oxides (SO2).