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Nuclear energy. By Jeffrey. What is nuclear energy?. It is a clean energy source. It is made when neutrons hit Uranium 235. The energy in nuclear plants is fission. Benefits and Negatives. Some benefits are: It produces very little Carbon Dioxide.

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nuclear energy

Nuclear energy

By Jeffrey

what is nuclear energy
What is nuclear energy?
  • It is a clean energy source.
  • It is made when neutrons hit Uranium 235.
  • The energy in nuclear plants is fission.
benefits and negatives
Benefits and Negatives

Some benefits are:

  • It produces very little Carbon Dioxide.
  • The uranium pellets are very small, but one pellet produces the same amount of energy as 150 gallons of oil!

Some negatives are:

  • Nuclear energy produces radioactive waste.
  • Nuclear energy is unrenewable.
how does nuclear energy work
How does nuclear energy work?
  • The fission produces heat that heats water into steam.
  • The steam turns a turbine to make electricity
  • The steam cools back into water in a cooling tower.
types of reactors
Types of reactors
  • There are two types of reactors:
  • boiling water reactors and pressurized water reactors. ( BWR and PWR)
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BWRs
  • BWRs work by turning water into steam.
  • The steam turns a turbine that makes electricity
  • The steam cools down back into water in a cooling tower.
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PWRs
  • PWRs work by heating pressured water so that it doesn’t turn into steam
  • The hot water heats water in a steam generator
  • That steam turns a turbine.
  • The hot water flows back to the “engine” to be reheated
where
Where?
  • Nuclear energy is in many states such as:
  • Missouri, Illinois, Texas and more!
  • The one nuclear plant in Missouri is located in Callaway County, which is 80 miles away from St. Louis.
nuclear for future
Nuclear for future?
  • Nuclear wouldn’t be a good energy source for the future because:
  • Nuclear is unrenewable
  • Nuclear is very dangerous, and we need a safer way to store it.
  • However, scientist are thinking of burying radioactive waste in Yucca Mountain
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