Essay about Nuclear Power as An Alternative Energy Source

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Nuclear fission is going to become more and more useful in worldwide power production for the foreseeable future. The reasons are numerous, but can be summarized by the relative ease of reliable power production that is provided. This does not go without having many disadvantages. But it is the fact that nuclear fission provides a massive amount of reliable electrical energy at a relatively low cost that has many countries investigating the possibilities of nuclear power generation. To understand why nuclear power would be the only option (at this time) for an alternative to fossil fuel burning for energy production is to understand its history, the world’s current power production from nuclear power, and where it is going in the …show more content…
It was also used as the model for the first nuclear power production plant, Experimental Breeder Reactor 1, which was built in Arco, Idaho, in 1950 (Stacy 2000). Experimental Breeder Reactor 1, or EBR-1, was the first nuclear reactor built for the purpose of providing cheap and reliable power. It did this for the first time on December 20, 1951, by powering four 200-watt light bulbs tied in series. It was used in turn to generate enough power to power the station itself for use in experiments to build future power plants. These include EBR-2 and the subsequent BORAX reactors built nearby. It was the BORAX III reactor that was first used to power a city grid, Arco, on July 17, 1955, for about an hour. The BORAX reactors were the first of their kind to use boiling water to create steam to turn turbines to generate energy. Many other types of reactors have been built and experimented with at many different sites in the world. Here in the United States, the Idaho National Laboratory is where these experiments are conducted (Stacy 2000). The first commercial nuclear power plant was built in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, in September 1954, and went on-line on December 2, 1957. The reactor was an experimental, light-water moderated, thermal breeder reactor that took Thorium 232 and converted it into Uranium 233 for use as nuclear fuel in the core. By December 23, the reactor reached full

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