Nuclear Power by aaliyah, jayella and ella

What is it?

Nuclear power is the nuclear reaction when nuclear energy is released to generate a heat. Nuclear power is most frequently used in steam turbines to produce energy in an nuclear power plant. The term includes nuclear fission, nuclear decay and nuclear fusion.

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When was it invented?

December 2, 1942. A depiction of the scene when scientists observed the world's first man made nuclear reactor, the Chicago Pile-1, as it became self-sustaining/critical at the University of Chicago. History of Nuclear Energy Production. Physicist Enrico Fermi discovered the potential of nuclear fission in 1934, when he bombarded uranium atoms with neutrons and was surprised to discover that the products of this reaction were much lighter than uranium.

What is it used for?

Nuclear energy can be used to create electricity, but it must first be released from the atom. In nuclear fission, atoms are split to release the energy. A nuclear reactor, or power plant, is a series of machines that can control nuclear fission to produce electricity.

Where does it come from?

Nuclear energy comes from uranium, a nonrenewable resource that must be mined. Every 18 to 24 months, a power plant must shut down to remove its spent uranium fuel, which becomes radioactive waste. Nuclear power plants generate about 20% of U.S. electricity.

What is it made out of?

Nuclear energy comes from uranium, a nonrenewable resource that must be mined. Every 18 to 24 months, a power plant must shut down to remove its spent uranium fuel, which becomes radioactive waste. Nuclear power plants generate about 20% of U.S. electricity.

Who uses it?

Of the thirty countries in which nuclear power plants operate, only France, Hungary, Slovakia and Ukraine use them as the source for a majority of electricity, although many other countries have a significant nuclear power generation capacity.

How is it used?

When the neutrons hit other uranium atoms, those atoms also split, releasing neutrons of their own, along with heat. The heat produced by fission turns this water into steam. The steam drives a turbine, which spins a generator to create electricity.

Pros and Cons:

Pros

13% of the world's electricity comes from nuclear power plants that emit little to no greenhouse gases. ... The U.S. saves $12 billion dollars each year for energy costs because of nuclear power. Nuclear power plants actually emit fewer radioactive materials into the environment than a traditional coal-burning plant.

Cons

Nuclear power is dirty, dangerous and expensive. Nuclear pollution is invisible but that doesn't mean that it is clean. Renewable energy is better for the environment, the economy, and doesn't come with the risk of a nuclear meltdown.

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