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.


Wikipedia Contributors. “Nuclear Energy.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 25 Jan. 2018. Web. 25 Jan. 2018. <>

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