Elon Musk is famous for his lofty goal of transitioning the world to sustainable energy. Musk believes in this idea so deeply, he has made it the mission statement of the electric vehicle company he runs, Tesla.
To achieve this goal, Musk obviously believes EVs are essential. However, Elon also knows EVs are ultimately as clean as the grid they get their power from. And to address this issue, Tesla offers solar products and batteries.
Currently, Tesla sells solar panels that could be added to an existing roof or roof tiles with integrated photovoltaic cells. Since the sun doesn’t shine throughout the night, Tesla also offers stationary batteries to store the sun’s power when there is excess production and to deploy it back when it is needed.
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Elon Musk has said in the past “Solar power is a Gigawatt per square km! All you need is a 100 by 100-mile patch in a deserted corner of Arizona, Texas, or Utah (or anywhere) to more than power the entire USA.”
Musk’s assertion has been questioned for its practicality nonetheless it leaves no doubt that Musk thinks solar panels are the way forward for a clean power grid.
This is what makes Musk’s recent support of nuclear energy interesting. Unlike solar, nuclear power is not entirely sustainable. Yes, nuclear power plants decrease carbon emissions. However, nuclear power plants also produce highly radioactive and damaging byproducts.
Not only that, nuclear power plant meltdowns pose a significant ecological risk. One notable example is the Chernobyl disaster, the nuclear meltdown forced tens of thousands to evacuate the area and cost tens of billions of dollars in the clean-up effort.
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Still, Musk believes we should keep existing nuclear power plants operational. “unless susceptible to extreme natural disasters, nuclear power plants should not be shut down,” said Musk in a recent tweet.
Unless susceptible to extreme natural disasters, nuclear power plants should not be shut down
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 8, 2021
This is certainly an odd position to take for the preeminent advocate of solar panels but Musk might have taken this position in order to mitigate power shortage until solar panels receive widespread adoption.
We will be sure to keep you updated if Musk gives further reasons for his support of nuclear energy. Make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla for the latest news.
So what do you think? Do you agree with Musk’s position on nuclear power plants? Also, what do you think Musk’s recent statements mean for Tesla’s solar endeavors? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.
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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.