Nuclear Energy Nuclear energy comes from mass-to-energy conversions that occur in the splitting of atoms larger than iron or the joining of atoms smaller than iron . Nuclear energy is produced naturally and in man-made operations under human control. Some nuclear energy is produced naturally. For example, the Sun and other stars make heat and light by nuclear reactions. Nuclear energy can be man-made too. Machines called nuclear reactors , parts of nuclear power plants , provide electricity for many cities. The formula is E = MC 2
Renewable or Non renewable Nuclear energy is non renewable . It is non renewable because it’s a small amount on earth & It can not be replaced .
The burning of fossil fuels in emission of the poisonous carbon dioxide. There is no release of carbon dioxide at the time of nuclear reaction. High amounts of energy can be generated from a single nuclear power plant. Nuclear fuel is inexpensive & easier to transport. Nuclear power plants need less fuel than ones which burn fossil fuels . ADVANTAGES
The nuclear energy produces radiation. The nuclear radiation harms the cells of the body which can make people sick , or even kill them. Nuclear reactors also have waste disposal problems. Nuclear reactors only last for about forty to fifty years. DISADVANTAGES
Improper storage of nuclear waste . DISADVANTAGE Drum beats : steel cargo containers of solid transuranic radioactive waste left from research & production of nuclear weapons are stored at various U.S. locations.
CLEAN ENVIROMENT ADVANTAGE
Nuclear energy has just about the lowest effect on the environment because nuclear plants do not put out harmful gases & they require a relatively small space to operate . Plants , animals , rivers , & habitats are not harmed by nuclear energy . Effects on the ENVIRONMENT
RADIATION radiation is exposed & entered into the environment & can make people sick.
The future of Nuclear Energy in the US & around the World . There are 103 operational commercial nuclear power plants in the United States today . Nuclear Energy can help to provide the electricity we need for today & the future in a safe way. Nuclear Energy will increase in the world, due to it being safe & efficient. With only a few notable exceptions they are typically operating very efficiently, that is, at high capacity factors, in an increasingly competitive environment .