Nuclear Energy

Cole Childers

What is Nuclear Energy?

Nuclear energy originates from the splitting of uranium atoms in a process called fission. At the power plant, the fission process is used to generate heat for producing steam, which is used by a turbine to generate electricity.

Is Nuclear Energy Renewable

No it's not, it takes uranium and that is not something that is renewable. Nuclear energy supposedly is carbon-neutral, meaning no CO2 is release into the air as energy is produced. Which is true.
But they kindly forget that in order to mine uranium, you need a lot of diggers, drills and so on, which operate a-lot CO2. Not to mention the toxic radioactive waste nuclear energy produce, that will stay lethal for a few more thousand years and for which huge concrete vaults need to be built... and concrete production uses loads of CO2 too.


Advantages and Disadvantages

Nuclear power is cost effective and produces a lot of energy. It does not rely on fossil fuels and produces very little air pollution. That being said, it creates radioactive waste and can emit harmful radiation into the surrounding environment.

How a Nuclear Power Plant Works