The Promises and Perils of Nuclear Power
Nuclear power refers to the generation of electrical energy by controlled nuclear reactions. These reactions produce heat, which in turn creates steam that runs the generators to produce electricity. Approx. 1/8 of the electricity worldwide generated comes from nuclear energy. In this task, you will analyze the use of nuclear energy as a resource energy.
* Discuss the scientific and technical concepts related to the use of nuclear power as an energy resource. Address the following in your response:
* How is energy released in a nuclear reaction?
Energy is released in a nuclear reaction when there is a change of an unstable to a stable …show more content…
The disadvantages of nuclear energy include: the high cost of building nuclear power plants and the possibility of accidents, the storage and management of high-level radioactive waste is dangerous-the possibility of proliferation of nuclear materials and possible terrorist applications; Among the most urgent is the disposal of nuclear waste. Nuclear wastes can last for thousands of years before it is safe again, so this is a major barrier that must be overpowered before we can expand nuclear power. Nuclear energy is also very costly, given the amount of time it takes to build nuclear plants, will need other short term solutions (howtopowertheworld.com, 2008-2010).
* Identify a country whose electricity production infrastructure relies heavily on nuclear power.
It is quite possible to employ Nuclear Power to provide the vast majority of an entire country's need