Which electrical power generation system is best - wind, solar, coal or nuclear? To arrive at an answer, a variety of issues such as cost, time to build the plant and its infrastructure, and environmental impacts must be considered. The amount of land used for a power generating system can be quite extensive. For coal and nuclear systems the long term disposal of the waste is a costly and potentially dangerous factor. For some technologies the costs and impacts of extracting, processing and transporting the fuel are very important. Issues such as building and decommissioning the plant can be economically and environmentally crucial.
This talk presents a methodology for making comparisons of a variety of technologies for electrical power generation which includes all of these factors.
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