Research Paper: Analyzing Energy

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There have been a lot of efforts directed towards taping of the green or renewable sources of energy with the aim of maximizing the natural resources within the environment as well as saving the ozone from the continued depletion. However this has been elusive for long hence many resorts have been made to the primary sources in general. Primary energy sources targeted are the sun, water, wind fossil fuels and radioactive minerals. From these primary sources comes generation of secondary sources of energy like electricity which can be used in the day-to-day lives.

Of interest within the scope of this paper are the nuclear power as well as the coal energy sources. Nuclear power production is achieved through a process known as nuclear fission that generates heat. Continuous nuclear fission results in a chain of reaction that in turn releases heat. The released heat is then used for turning water into steam which in turn spins turbines and generating electricity. Uranium is mined in many parts of the world and is used to generate nuclear energy.

Coal is composed mainly of carbon and hydrocarbons and is an abundant fossil fuel used in energy production. The energy from coal comes as a result of stored energy from plants that lived millions of years ago. Over time, the dead plants are covered in layers and trap energy found within the dead plants. Pressure and heat on the top part turns the plant remains into coal. Coal that is mined is taken to coal-fired plants for power production and consequent electricity generation. Coal undergoes combustion so that it can boil water for steam production which in turn operates steam turbines that produce electricity.

Purpose of research

The research aims at determining the human sustainability of major primary sources of energy. The primary energy sources that will be on focus are nuclear power and coal. It will determine between the two energy sources coal and nuclear power which is better for human sustainability, giving the salient reasons as to the environmental as well as economical aspect of the source of energy.


Taking into account the rate of depletion and the economic input vs. The economic output, coal has proven to be a fast disappearing source of energy which proves to be expensive to gather and process usable energy from it, let alone the limited energy levels it produces. This therefore means the reliable primary source with an ourput worth the input is nuclear energy.

Sustainability of coal vs. nuclear power

Most of the electrical power is generated from either uranium or coal. Each of these has a long history of electricity production in power… [END OF PREVIEW]

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