Nuclear Energy

By: Reece, Diamond, Brittney, Avery

What Is Nuclear Energy?

Nuclear energy is the energy released during nuclear fission or fusion, especially when used to generate electricity. Water is turned into steam, which is turn drives turbine generators to produce electricity. The difference is the source of heat. At nuclear power plants, the heat to make the steam is created when uranium atoms split- called fission.

Average cost.

Nuclear energy does not come cheap the average cost is $1.64/kilowatt $2-$9 billion for one unit.

Alternative Energy.

These alternative energy sources include thorium, solar power, natural gas and hydrogen. Thorium can be used as a fuel in the nuclear cycle as an alternative to uranium and the technology to facilitate this has been around since the 1960s.

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Where in North Carolina?

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Development Of Technology.

-Developed from 1895-1945 much of it in those last six years.

-France is the largest user of nuclear energy.

-Nuclear reactors are built for making electricity in 60s and 70s.

-75% of Frances electricity coming from nuclear reactors.

-The U.S. built 104 Reactors


The pressure of the steam turns a generator, which produces electricity. The difference is in how the heat is created. Power plants that run on fossil fuels burn coal, oil or natural gas to generate heat. In a nuclear energy facility, heat is produced from splitting atoms a process called nuclear fission.
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Concerns For Wildlife.

Nuclear energy has one of the lowest impacts on the environment of any energy source because it does not emit air pollution, isolates its waste from the environment and requires a relatively small amount of land. Nuclear energy stations do not emit criteria pollutants or greenhouse gases when they generate electricity.

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