Nuclear Energy

Description Of Power Source:
Nuclear power is energy produced from controlled (i.e., non-explosive) nuclear reactions. Commercial plants currently use nuclear fission reactions to generate electricity. Electric utility reactors heat water to produce steam, which is then used to generate electricity.

Nuclear power has provided 6.3% of our world's energy and 15% of it's world's electricity, with the United states, France, and Japan together accounting for 56.5% of nuclear generated electricity since the year of 2005. In 2007, the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) reported there were 439 nuclear power reactors in operation in the world, operating in 31 countries.

List Of Locations Of Nuclear Reactors

There are Advantages and disadvantages of Nuclear Power Plants for various reason..

- Nuclear power's biggest advantages are tied to the simple fact that it doesn't depend on fossil fuels. Coal and natural gas power plants emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. CO2­ emissions are minimal when it comes to nuclear power.

Disadvantage (Con)

- Nuclear fuel may not produce CO2, but it does provide it's problems. Mining and purifying uranium isn't a very clean process, even transporting nuclear fuel to and from plants poses a contamination risk. And once the fuel is spent, you can't just throw it in the city dump. It's still radioactive and potentially deadly.

How Does Nuclear Energy Work? (Diagram & Video)
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