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Nuclear Energy. Christopher Liu, Michael Coppinger APES, Period 4. What is Nuclear Energy?. Energy derived from nuclear reactions. Currently, only through nuclear fission. How Does It Work?: Nuclear Fission. Decay of an atom into two different atoms

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Nuclear energy

Nuclear Energy

Christopher Liu, Michael Coppinger

APES, Period 4


What is nuclear energy

What is Nuclear Energy?

  • Energy derived from nuclear reactions.

    • Currently, only through nuclear fission


How does it work nuclear fission

How Does It Work?: Nuclear Fission

  • Decay of an atom into two different atoms

  • Produces energy (as heat) and additional neutrons as products


How does it work nuclear reactors

How Does It Work?: Nuclear Reactors


How are we using it domestic

Local Reactors:

Diablo Canyon

San Luis Obispo

San Onofre

45 miles SE of Long Beach

How are We Using It?: Domestic

  • Current number of reactors in the US: 104


How are we using it domestic1

How are We Using it?: Domestic

  • US is THE largest producer of nuclear energy

  • Accounts for 19% of total energy output

  • Produces 821 billion kWHs of energy annually


How are we using it international

Howare We Using It?: International

  • 17% of energy production worldwide

  • Over 430 plants

  • Majority used for electricity production


What are the advantages

What are the Advantages?

  • NO emissions

  • NO air pollution

  • NO water pollution

  • Once built, reliable and cheap energy

  • Uses small amounts of land

  • Abundant fuel source


What are the disadvantages

What are the Disadvantages?

  • Produces radioactive waste

    • Must be stored and managed for thousands of years

  • Potential terrorist acquisition

  • Possibility of accidents

    • Chernobyl

    • Fukushima


How likely is an accident

How Likely is an Accident?

  • Only three major accidents

    • Chernobyl (Doesn't count, they're Soviets)

    • Three Mile Island (Radiation was entirely contained)

    • Fukushima

  • No known terrorist acquisitions


So it s safe

So, It's Safe?

  • Coal vs. Nuclear; 4,000 deaths: 1 death

  • One of the safest forms of energy production


What can we expect in the future

What Can We Expect in the Future?

  • Nuclear use will expand in future

    • China and India

  • Possibility of cold fusion technology

  • Radioactive waste?

    • Geological Repositories

    • Waste Reusel


Bibliography

Bibliography

  • http://nuclearenergyissafe.weebly.com/the-science.html

  • http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/list-power-reactor-units.html

  • http://mapawatt.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/US_net_generation_source_pie_chart_2010.jpg

  • http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf41.html

  • http://www.fi.edu/guide/wester/benefits.html

  • http://www.the9billion.com/2011/03/24/death-rate-from-nuclear-power-vs-coal/

  • http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/149090-nasas-cold-fusion-tech-could-put-a-nuclear-reactor-in-every-home-car-and-plane


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