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Nuclear Power

Definition - What does Nuclear Power mean?

Nuclear power is produced when uranium atoms are split apart, releasing energy. This reaction occurs inside a reactor in a process called fission.

Safeopedia explains Nuclear Power

Large amounts of energy are released in the form of heat and radiation when neutrons hit uranium atoms, thus splitting them. In a nuclear power plant, the heat produced from the process of fission produces steam, which powers a turbine to produce electricity.

In 2013, the United States generated 33 percent of the world’s nuclear energy. The world’s largest supplier of commercial nuclear power is the U.S.

Nuclear power generates electricity without releasing carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming. This is the reason why it’s thought of as a clean energy option. However, with regard to safety, there are many concerns. Among them include the possibilities that a nuclear power plant could accidentally release radiation into the environment or be targeted for a terrorist attack. Another issue of concern is the radioactive waste that is a byproduct of nuclear power generation.

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