Nuclear Energy What it is, How it works, and Why You shouldn't Use It

So what is it?

Nuclear Energy is produced through a process called "nuclear fission". By shooting an extra neutron into a special isotope of an uranium atom, the atom will split, releasing two new atoms, three neutrons, and plenty of energy. These three neutrons go on to hit more atoms, causing a chain reaction throughout the uranium. Meanwhile, the energy produced from these fissions is known as Nuclear Energy.

In a nuclear power plant, the energy released from these reactions is used to power turbines, which in turn transform the energy into electricity that is then sent out to power the world.

Sounds pretty neat. Why shouldn't we use it?

Do you recognize this picture at all? See it on the news, maybe? Yes? No? Look scary? This is the disaster known as Fukushima. The nuclear power plant in this city in Japan malfunctioned and exploded in 2013.

Nuclear Energy comes with Disastrous Consequences

Nuclear Energy is a very controversial subject in the world today. Some believe it is the key to stopping global warming and keeping the Earth alive. However, a few disasters have already proven just how dangerous a nuclear energy can be.

Chernobyl

The Chernobyl disaster is probably the most well know nuclear accident to date. A wrongly designed reactor core was used inside the plant, and the operators were not properly trained to work the machines. This resulted in a steam explosion and fires that released much of the radioactive material into the air around. 30 people were killed within the next week as a result of radiation poisoning.

Construction of Nuclear Plants

The construction of nuclear power plants is a highly controversial topic in society today. While many argue that the operating cost of a power plant is very low, it still takes a lot of money and resources to build each structure, and highly trained personnel are required to operate them properly. If employees are not skilled enough, more disasters like Chernobyl will appear in more frequent numbers.

Many plants that operate today are over thirty years old, and use worse technology that may make them more unsafe than we know. Not much research has been conducted on nuclear radiation, so many different effects of radiation may be unknown and possibly life threatening.

Radiation

Another factor in nuclear power plants is the nuclear radiation they produce. This requires the uranium rods that have been used to be stored somewhere. Most plants store these in a giant pool, and leave them in the water until the radiation wears off, which can take 10 years or so. However, research is unclear on the long term effects of storing radiation in the environment. It is also incredibly difficult to transport the nuclear waste to the storage spot without hurting people

So, Nuclear Energy?

Not yet. Nuclear energy is a possibly fix to many problems that we may encounter in the future. However, it does need much more research before it can be applied everywhere. Not much is known about this new, possibly dangerous source of energy. Avoiding it would be the best decision as scientists look further into this new innovation.

Maybe someday.

Not Now

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