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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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