It is uses the nucleus of an atom to create energy
Nuclear energy is powered by mainly Uranium atoms
There are two ways to release the energy in an atom: fission and fusion
Fuel for Nuclear Energy
Fission splits the original atom into smaller atoms to create energy
Fusion is the opposite of fission; it combines multiple atoms to create one large atom, to form energy
How It Works
The energy from the atoms is transferred into usable energy by water reactors
Types of Reactors
Only two types of water reactors are used in the U.S.A.
The Boiling-Water Reactor uses nuclear energy to turn water into steam, which powers the steam generator
The Pressured-Water Reactor keeps water under pressure, which flows into turbine-generator, creating power
Nuclear Power is Good!
It uses a very little amount of resources to create energy (One ton of Uranium has equal use to about 120,000 tons of coal)
It does not create air pollution like coal and oil plants do
It is not very
Nuclear Power Is Good!
It is reliable because it does not use very much fuel, so a natural disaster would not affect it very much
It is safe because the risk of death, in comparison to coal mining, is lower
Where Nuclear Power Stands Now
Nuclear energy currently supplies 15-20% (about 1/5), of the U.S.A.’s power
In France Nuclear power is a main source for energy, at 80% (about 4/5)
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