Nuclear Power an Overview

What is nuclear power?

– Nuclear power is the use of nuclear reactions that release nuclear energy to generate heat.

  • Frequently, the nuclear energy is used in steam turbines to produce electricity in a nuclear power plant.
  • Nuclear power includes nuclear fission, nuclear decay and nuclear fusion
    • It’s worth noting that nuclear fission produces the majority of energy in direct service to human needs

– Currently, there is much debate about nuclear power and the future of this form of energy compared to other more renewable energy sources.

  • Organizations such as the World Nuclear Association and Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy argue that nuclear power is a safe and sustainable source of energy that reduces carbon emissions.
  • In contrast to this, other organizations such as Greenpeace International and the NIRS contend that nuclear power poses many threats to the people and the environment.

– Other arguments on this case is that renewable energy argue that wind power and solar power are already cheaper and safer than nuclear power.

Resources:

Wikipedia Contributors. “Nuclear Energy.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 25 Jan. 2018. Web. 25 Jan. 2018. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power>

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