[NetBehaviour] How Nuclear Power Works
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Jul 6 11:37:39 CEST 2005
*How Nuclear Power Works *
By Amit Asaravala
02:00 AM Jul. 05, 2005 PT
Why use nuclear power?
Unlike burning fossil fuels, using nuclear fission to generate
electricity produces no soot or greenhouse gases. This helps keep the
skies clean and doesn't contribute to global warming. The World Nuclear
Association estimates that the electricity industry would add 2.6
billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year if it used
coal power instead of nuclear.
Some governments also like nuclear power because it reduces their
dependency on foreign oil.
Finally, the fuel used to power nuclear reactors is very compact in
comparison to fossil fuels. For instance, one pound of uranium can
supply the same energy as 3 million pounds of coal. This makes it
attractive for use in nuclear-powered vehicles like submarines, aircraft
carriers and spacecraft.
How much of the world's electricity comes from nuclear power?
Sixteen percent of the world's electricity is supplied by nuclear power,
according to the World Nuclear Association. The electricity is produced
by 440 nuclear reactors in 31 countries.
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