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Nuclear Energy. Presented By: Cameron Kane, Erin Falk, and Morgan Stewart. Introduction. 1930’s – Nuclear Fission Discovered 1950’s – USSR Develops 1 st Nuclear Reactor. Is it a solution to energy problems?. Nuclear Fission. How Nuclear Reactors Work. Uranium-235

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nuclear energy

Nuclear Energy

Presented By: Cameron Kane, Erin Falk, and Morgan Stewart

introduction
Introduction
  • 1930’s – Nuclear Fission Discovered
  • 1950’s – USSR Develops 1st Nuclear Reactor

Is it a solution to energy problems?

how nuclear reactors work
How Nuclear Reactors Work
  • Uranium-235
  • Steam turns turbines to generate electricity
  • 2 Types of reactors in the U.S.
    • Boiling water reactor
    • Pressurized Water Reactor
rise of nuclear power in the u s
Rise of Nuclear Power in the U.S.
  • 4 Main Phases
    • Research and Development
    • Declining Popularity
    • The Rise of Electricity Competition
    • The Nuclear Revival
nuclear power in the u s
Nuclear Power in the U.S.
  • Prediction: Nuclear power responsible for most/all electricity in the U.S.
  • Today: 19.3% of electricity in the U.S.
  • Initiatives
nuclear power around the world
Nuclear Power Around the World
  • 2012: 13.5% of World’s energy
    • Over 430 commercial reactors in 31 countries
      • Total Capacity: 372,000 Megawatt
advantages of nuclear power
Advantages of Nuclear Power
  • Cleaner Energy
  • Clean Drinking Water
  • Less Land Use
  • Nuclear Energy vs. Fossil Fuels and Coal
disadvantages of nuclear power
Disadvantages of Nuclear Power
  • Economic Problems
    • Foreign Dependency
    • Cost
  • Environmental Hazards
    • Radiation Leaks and Exposure
    • 3 Mile Island
    • Chernobyl
    • Fukushima
policies to correct inefficiencies
Policies to Correct Inefficiencies
  • Inefficiencies of nuclear energy
  • 2006 – South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee pass legislation to make financing new plants easier
future projections of nuclear power
Future Projections of Nuclear Power
  • U.S. shift from nuclear to renewable energy
  • Decreased investment from bad reputation
  • Fossil fuel energy remains cheaper
  • Prediction: Nuclear power will be phased out as cheaper and safer energy options continue to be discovered
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