By: Erick Rivera & Ashaj John
Description of Energy
Nuclear energy is energy that comes from the nucleus of an uranium atom when it goes through a process called nuclear fission (splitting of the nucleus of an atom).
Renewable or Nonrenewable?
Although nuclear energy is very abundant, it is nonrenewable.
- After two German scientists had discovered the process of nuclear fission, a Hungarian scientist discovered their nuclear fission process and its ability to produce enormous amounts of energy.
- During World War II, nuclear fission was first to make a bomb.
- After the WWII, nuclear fission was developed for generating electricity.
- The first nuclear power plant came online in Shippingport, PA in 1957.
- Does not cause air pollution
- Large fuel supply
- A reliable energy source
- Power plants are expensive & take a long time to complete
- There is no safe disposal of nuclear waste
- High risk of accidents
Nuclear energy is mostly used for electricity
- It provides 13% of the world's electricity
- France generates over 75% of its electricity with nuclear power