Nuclear Energy And Nuclear Power Essay

1010 Words Jan 27th, 2015 5 Pages
One of the world’s most powerful sources of energy production is nuclear power, the use of exothermic nuclear processes to generate useful heat and energy. Soon after the discovery in the early 20th century that radioactive elements released an immense amount of energy the pursuit to harness nuclear energy began. Ways of harnessing this energy at the time were, however, impractical due to the short half-lives. This changed in the late 1930s with the discovery of nuclear fission, a process that entails either a nuclear reaction or radioactive decay in which the nucleus of a particle is split into smaller parts. The Atomic Age was born. From simple beginnings, nuclear power has evolved into a complex nucleus of efficient systems producing power at low cost. At one time in our history, early 1970’s, it was believed that nuclear power would actually make power too cheap and many construction projects were halted for fear of deflating energy costs. Most economists and engineering firms disagree with those predictions and the US Energy Policies have suffered on foreign energy dependence because of it. Nuclear power is a cornerstone of true economic freedom from foreign influence and has a stage on the US economy if conditions would change that would make the climate and atmosphere of nuclear power development achievable.
The first commercial nuclear power stations started its operation in the 1950’s. Now there are over 430 commercial nuclear power reactors operable in 31…

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