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The natural resources in the world are being overexploited. As a result, the world must seek alternative resources. One resource is Nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is growing discussion for a numerous number of reasons. Nuclear energy is coming up as a great alternative however various factors support as well as oppose its growth because of the problems associated with its usage. Nuclear energy is stored in the center of an atom. Atoms makeup everything in the universe and are held together with great force.
The energy is released by the splitting up of the nucleus of an atom (uranium or plutonium) using a neutron. This releases more neutrons and energy which causes a chain reaction. This form of power used in nuclear power stations. The energy is released as heat energy which is used to boil water. As the water boils it spins giant turbines and generates electricity.
There are two ways that nuclear energy is created.
Nuclear fusion is when two atoms fuse together to create a larger atom. Nuclear fission is when the atom’s nucleus is split into two, creating two smaller atoms. As a result, energy is created. The nuclear energy that is used to create electricity across the world is nuclear fission.
Approximately the amount of energy produced in a nuclear fission reaction is ten million times more compared to the amount of energy produced in the burning a fossil fuel atom example oil.
I am for the use of nuclear power for a number of reasons. Renewable energy such as geothermal energy is a type of energy that can’t expand enough to deliver the amount of cheap and reliable energy the world needs. Nuclear power stations are able to expand and produce a lot more energy every day. With global change and c02 emissions rising we can’t afford to turn away from any technology that was the potential to help reduce global warming
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