The Pros and Cons of Nuclear Power as an Energy Source

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Nuclear Power Plants as an Energy Source Nuclear power is the use of continuous nuclear reactions to do practical work. It is produced by nuclear fission reactions which occur when adequate quantities of Uranium-235 are restricted to a small area. Nuclear fission is the process of nuclei being split. In this case a heavier nucleus splits up into two or more lighter nuclei, then this moves on by a chain reaction when the emitted neutrons go on to split the other nuclei. Heat is produced by the reaction, which is then converted to Kinetic energy by a steam turbine and finally by a generator to produce electricity. There are several advantages with using nuclear power. One advantage is that the fuel isn’t expensive, which allows large amounts to be bought and used. Also a great amount of energy is created from a extremely small quantity of fuel. An additional benefit is that the fuel is readily accessible. This means that if more energy needs to be produced, then more fuel can be used immediately. Furthermore, nuclear power doesn’t give out substances to the atmosphere like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, mercury, nitrogen oxides or sulphur dioxide. Another advantage is that nuclear power doesn’t contribute to global warming or acid rain. Also the quantity of waste produced by nuclear power plants is rather small which makes the chance of diseases for humans less. On the other hand, nuclear power plants have several disadvantages. One is that by using nuclear power, poisonous waste is produced which is in some cases extremely radioactive and can cause sicknesses and diseases like cance... ... middle of paper ... ...ugh this topic is controversial and many things can be discussed, nuclear power is necessary to humans since it provides essential energy for our every day lives. The risk of getting cancer is more or less low, so the usage of nuclear power for providing energy can be seen as not too harmful for humans. That is why nuclear power should be used to provide energy. Sources: · http://www.uic.com.au/introduction.htm · http://people.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-power.htm · http://www-formal.stanford.edu/jmc/progress/nuclear-faq.html · http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_plant * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_plant * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_plant http://www.answers.com/topic/nuclear-power-plant http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/encyclopedia/n/nu/nuclear_power_plant.htm

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