Solar power can meet global energy needs:Heurr

Chennai: Nobel laureate and noted German physicist Professor Hans Peter Heurr today advocated use of solar power worldwide to meet all energy needs rather than nuclear power, which he said is not 100 per cent safe.

"Solar power is available for all households and it can be banked upon for all energy needs of a country. Nuclear power is not 100 per cent safe. In fact, plutonium is much more dangerous and worse than Uranium 235. The world has so much plutonium and we don`t know how to bury them," Heurr, Director Emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich, said.

He was speaking to reporters here after delivering a lecture on `Nuclear Power and Energy Hunger` here. Terming the nuclear option "inacceptable," he said some people opine that risks have to be taken. "Yeah I do say we have to take risks. But we have to take risks that are acceptable." What can be termed inacceptable is if one attempts something whose results go beyond one`s generation, he said.