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Nuclear power plant pros and cons

October 19, 2011
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Nuclear Energy Facts

Here’s a short list of nuclear energy facts:

  • Nuclear energy is produced by fission, which is the splitting of atoms and the opposite of fusion.
  • E=mc^2, Einstein’s famous formula is used in nuclear power to convert an atoms mass to the amount of energy produced when it’s broken up.
  • Nuclear reactions take place in fuel rods to control their chain reactions which create heat and then heat water to convert it to steam and power steam turbines.
  • A inch long pellet of Uranium 235 has more energy than 1 ton of coal.

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Nuclear Fuel Rod

October 19, 2011
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Nuclear Waste Disposal

What is nuclear waste and how do we dispose of it?

Nearly everything we do creates some sort of waste. Nuclear power is no exception to this, it’s just that it’s waste is a bit more dangerous than that McDonald’s food wrapper you had yesterday. Nuclear waste is the amount of radioactive material that is left over after being produced at a nuclear reactor. It consists of the spent fuel and the fuel rods as well as anything else that may have been contaminated by the fission process.
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How nuclear power works

October 19, 2011
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Nuclear Power Plants

Nuclear power seems like a difficult subject to understand but it’s power stations are remarkably easy to comprehend. Nuclear power plants work along the same principles as coal burning steam stations. The only difference between them is how the heat is generated. One is by coal and the other by nuclear fission. The heat converts water into steam which is then used to rotate turbines which creates electricity. Simple.
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Floating Wind Turbines

October 18, 2011
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Floating Wind Turbines

A floating wind turbine is an offshore wind turbine that sits on some floating structure in areas where it wouldn’t be feasible to generate electricity with bottom mounted turbines. They are a new and developing form of technology even though they were first mentioned in the 1970′s. It wasn’t until the wind energy industry matured and demand grew that companies started researching in earnest various methods of feasibility. The wind farms or individual structures are placed out in water around 20km off shore, which prevents issues from ship traffic or fishing and complaints about seeing the structures from the coastline.
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Floating Nuclear Power Station

October 18, 2011
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Floating Nuclear Power Stations

Believe it or not, a Russian company, Rosatom, is now developing floating nuclear power stations. Currently one is in product with six more to be completed by 2015. This isn’t even the first ship of it’s type, the first floating nuclear power station was the MH-1A, on an American ship in the 1960′s.
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Nuclear power plant pros and cons

October 18, 2011
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Nuclear Power Pros and Cons

Here’s a topic I haven’t touched yet, Nuclear Power. In recent years the support for nuclear energy has really dwindled in the public’s mindset. People still have a bad taste in their mouths after Chernobyl and just recently with the Fukushima disaster. Most nuclear power plants are aging poorly and are not maintained to the right specs. However nuclear power is a fairly efficient and powerful source of energy and Uranium has a large resource base so there is little worry about depleting world supply, but some analysts believe we only have a few decades left of Uranium ores. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power? Lets run down the list.
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