Is microgeneration the answer to nuclear meltdown?
I am sure that all of us have been watching the events unfolding at the nuclear reactors in Japan since the devastating earthquake with great horror and fear. Japan is such an orderly, well organised and well functioning country which has over the years developed amazing technologies and inventions. And yet, nature seems to be overcoming even the best laid plans.We also woke up this morning here in the UK to the news that China is halting its nuclear programme. We probably will hear such news from other countries, as well, in the coming weeks and months when governments come to grips with the enormity of the problems around the meltdown of the nuclear power stations in Japan. The question is what the alternative will be.
The world economy is still very dependant on relatively cheap sources of energy and, in many countries, nuclear power has been seen as one such source. The UK government has already declared its programme to support the adoption of alternative energy sources from microgeneration to tidal wave power and wind power. Maybe now is the time to start thinking about a windmill in the backyard.
Our thoughts are with the victims of the earthquakes both in New Zealand and Japan.Emma Hamilton