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  • Nuclear Power And Nuclear Energy

    Some countries are turning towards wind power, solar power, and water power, but these sources are not producing the needed amount of energy to sustain large populations. A more proficient energy source that several countries have started investing in is nuclear power. Nuclear power is not a brand-new source of energy, it has been around for over 50 years and has been proven sustainable as shown by several countries outside the United States. For example, Russia has set in motion a plan to build one reactor every year until 2028 to satisfy the ever-growing need. Nuclear power is the energy of the future and a more reliable, proficient, and cheaper way to meet large countries energy needs. Before uranium can be used in nuclear reactors, it must be mined from the ground. This process is almost identical to the process of mining coal and is mined from the same regions as coal from sandstone. After the mining process the gathered uranium consists of two isotopes, U-238 and U-235. Since U-238 is the stable one of the two, U-235 is more commonly used in nuclear reactors because it has a higher tendency to split (How Nuclear Power p. 1). The uranium oxide mined from the ground then goes through an enrichment process, where it is converted to uranium hexafluoride to increase its U-235 content. Afterwards it is compacted into pellets and assembled into fuel rods (Radioactive Waste, 2016 p. 2). These fuel rods are then packed into a nuclear reactor chamber and bombarded with…

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  • Nuclear Energy And Nuclear Power

    Nuclear Energy Nuclear Energy Nuclear Power Plants: Nuclear Power Plants are facilities which generate electricity through the use of nuclear reactions. It is referred to as a thermal power station because it creates a nuclear reaction, in which a lot of heat and energy is created. Due to the production of heat, the plan creates a lot of steam which is used like in coal or gas-fired power stations to drive turbine generators to generate electricity. Nuclear Reactions The are two nuclear…

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  • Nuclear Power And The Future Of Nuclear Energy

    Nuclear Energy has been around since WWII and is still here today, but for a comparably clean and enormous power source it is oddly missing from modern power. While nuclear energy does supply a decent portion of the world’s energy supply, it should be in much larger use if it is a good energy source. The truth is that nuclear energy does have some issues. Are these issues enough to keep us from using it to its full potential? To determine this, it takes an advanced understanding of how nuclear…

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  • Nuclear Energy: The Dangers Of Nuclear Power

    Nuclear power has been a means of energy used all around the world. Places like China, Japan, Russia and the United States of America have been using nuclear power since it was discovered to be a safe and useful method. Using nuclear energy has been seen to be a controversial topic as some see it as a dangerous method to power the many homes that use all kinds of energy. I am someone who wants nuclear energy to be able to power my home and the many other homes that are strung around the large…

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  • Nuclear Power: The Future Of Nuclear Energy

    Simply by hearing the word nuclear people immediately steer away from the topic or dismiss it entirely. The word is tied to death and destruction but over all else fear. We think of the atomic bombs the U.S. dropped on Japan. We think of Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and most recently Fukishima. All three melted down leaving destruction and untold consequences in their wake. Although these events were indeed disasters, they were cause by unknown factors and were the worst case scenario; Yet…

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  • Nuclear Power Vs Nuclear Energy

    however the focus is less of the environment and more on the power, money, and dominance associated with it. For over 60 years humans have known about the power of splitting the nucleus of an atom. The making of the atomic bomb during World War II has opened our eyes to the sheer strength of the nucleus of an atom. Either way, nuclear energy should be used as the source for energy. Nuclear power, is not as safe as burning coal, gas or oil in a factory, however it is much more cost effective and…

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  • Nuclear Power: The Effects Of Nuclear Energy

    Nuclear power is used worldwide, but is put under the question as to if it is more beneficial than harmful. Nuclear power is the process of atomic reactions that produce a form of energy, in the United States providing about twenty percent of the country 's electricity. The controversy that pertains nuclear power use has been gradually escalating because some may believe that nuclear power plants are more harmful than safe and some may disagree of the matter. Nuclear power is questionable due to…

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  • Nuclear Power: The Benefits Of Nuclear Energy

    Proodian Chemistry P.4 Nuclear Sustainability Atoms are tiny particles that make up every object in the universe. Nuclear energy is the “life force” in the nucleus of an atom. There is powerful energy present in the bonds that hold the nucleus together, and this “nuclear energy” can be used to make electricity; however, that energy must first be released from atoms through nuclear fission. In a nuclear power plant, nuclear fission – the process of splitting highly-reactive atoms to form…

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  • The Effects Of Nuclear Power

    Why Nuclear Power is not a Solution Nuclear Power is being considered more as an energy source. Nuclear energy is the energy in the nucleus of an atom. Atoms are the smallest particles that can break a material. Each atom there are two kinds of particles: neutrons and protons. This energy can be obtained in two ways: fusion and nuclear fission. In nuclear fusion, atoms fused together forming only one atom, as a sun produce energy. In nuclear fission, atoms break in smaller atoms, only this way…

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  • The Importance Of Nuclear Power

    Nuclear power is a fuel source that in the race for alternative fuels seems too often forgotten or downplayed. In reality, it can provide numerous quantities of energy from a single atom splitting. The fact that nuclear meltdowns can kill innumerous people often scares the general population away from the thought of using it for a productive purpose. Unfortunately, for the very same reason, a power source capable of providing energy for the entire world remains neglected. Nuclear power…

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