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Interesting facts about nuclear energy

  • Nuclear energy comes from uranium, a nonrenewable resource that must be mined.
  • Every 18 to 24 months, a power plant must shut down to remove its spent uranium fuel, which becomes radioactive waste.
  • Nuclear power plants use large quantities of water for steam production and for cooling.
  • Worldwide, there are over 400 commercial nuclear reactors producing energy for 31 countries.
  • Electricity generated by nuclear energy is not as susceptible to fluctuations in coal and gas prices.
  • Nuclear fusion is the safest way to create power. It involves putting two atoms together to make one
  • Nuclear fission occurs when an atom splits in two parts and then releases energy. This process can occur through natural decay or under laboratory
  • Uranium-235 is the most commonly occurring fissionable atom and is used in most nuclear reactors
  • The energy produced by one ton of natural uranium is so dense that it equals the energy produced by the burning of 16,000 tons of coal or 80,000 barrels of oil

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