The need for Africa to harness her uranium deposits cannot be overemphasized in a world threatened by increasing climate change and global warming. The role of uranium in the future is as clear as crystal. With some countries like Germany, Japan and Singapore already gone a long way in the path of migrating to clean energy. It is a matter of time before the world catches up. Africa must strive hard to secure a significant position in the clean energy based future.
The most potentially sufficient countries are the countries with the most resources for providing national and international needs, as well as solving their problems. Whether technology, science, agriculture, finance or ecommerce, or the countries who know exactly how to get these resources and use them. Similarly, the richest or most self-sufficient countries, as long as human relations, survival, defense and protection are involved, are the countries with the most utilization for natural resources—especially countries with the greatest natural resources for these, provided they harness those resources.
Researches show that of all continents of the world, Africa is the diversely richest in natural resources. In oil, gold, diamonds, lithium, copper, natural food such as fruits, and hardwood forestry, Africa as a continent and individually is recorded as the richest in natural resources.
About 30 percent of the mineral resources present on earth are accounted to Africa, alone. Uranium, a radioactive element present in the crust of earth, and is used as a form of energy, is one of such values in Africa which so far, has been unharnessed, or has not been properly harnessed. There are many reasons why harnessing her uranium should be a big deal for Africa, today.
Uranium may be an element of great resource in the making of nuclear power reactors, which is, as a matter of fact, very significant to the image of a nation, and its security, but there are also other uses for uranium, which do not have to do with the making of war tools. In many countries in Africa, one of the most persisting matters of concern is the absence of light. Uranium provides various benefits, but specifically by form of renewable energy, if harnessed, this can solve much of Africa’s power related problem.
In many countries in Africa, power supply is either farfetched or not very reliable, but electricity can be generated from the uranium in nuclear reactors. Countries like Japan, at some point, got their electricity from uranium; Germany is another country that benefited from this. Today, many countries derive electricity of over 20 percent from nuclear reactors off uranium. Africa can do the same. Even after being used, Uranium can be salvaged; recycled and used as fuel—over 90 percent fuel is contained in uranium.
Harnessing uranium for renewable energy plays key role in the African economy in that it not only solves energy problem, but it moderates climatic change, mitigates to a degree, poverty, and in a way, the height of unemployment present in Africa today. By educating her people on renewable energy, and its benefits, they are empowered to engage the practicalities of harnessing Uranium for renewable energy, and moving more quickly toward industrialization.
There are many more African countries that harvest uranium, or who have uranium in their earth’s crust, which are so far unharnessed. Uranium is a lot of value, and is of high need and demand, however, although South Africa, alone has seen some benefits of harnessing her own uranium, very little has actually been done in comparison to what future lies with completely throwing into the use of uranium for renewable energy.
Predictions are that natural sources can become a major source of energy for the African continent, in the same way that coal has served its purpose; uranium can be a major economic boost for Africa. For fuel manufacturing and electrification, uranium is one of Africa’s means of securing and supplying itself.
Hence, the call for Africa to harness her uranium deposits is a call for a brighter future. With a current world uranium supply worth of 23% , Africa wields the potential to play a key role in a clean energy based future and also benefit hugely from it’s economic returns.Follow The Futurist For More