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Nuclear Energy

Nuclear Energy

Nuclear Energy

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Pros for Nuclear Energy

One uranium fuel pellet can deliver the power production equivalent of 1 ton of coal, 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas, 149 gallons of oil and 5,000 pounds of wood.Nuclear plants are the lowest-cost producer of baseload electricity. The average production cost of 2.14 cents per kilowatt-hour includes the costs of operating and maintaining the plant, purchasing fuel and paying for the management of used fuel

Nuclear power, or nuclear energy, is the use of exothermic nuclear processes,[1] to generate useful heat and electricity. The term includes nuclear fission, nuclear decay and nuclear fusion. Presently the nuclear fission of elements in the actinide series of the periodic table produce the vast majority of nuclear energy in the direct service of humankind, with nuclear decay processes, primarily in the form of geothermal energy, and radioisotope thermoelectric generators, in niche uses making up the rest. Nuclear (fission) power stations, excluding the contribution from naval nuclear fission reactors, provided about 5.7% of the world's energy and 13% of the world's electricity in 2012.[2] In 2013, the IAEA report that there are 437 operational nuclear power reactors,[3] in 31 countries,[4] although not every reactor is producing electricity.[5] In addition, there are approximately 140 naval vessels using nuclear propulsion in operation, powered by some 180 reactors.

The fission of one atom of U-235 generates 202.5 MeV = 3.24 × 10−11 J, which translates to 19.54 TJ/mol, or 83.14 TJ/kg.[2] When 235 92U nuclides are bombarded with neutrons, one of the many fission reactions that it can undergo is the following: 10n + 235 92U → 141 56Ba + 92 36Kr + 3 10n

Nuclear Energy is the power produced during a nuclear reaction. The energy released from a change in the nuclei of an atom produces energy known as nuclear power. Nuclear Energy is the power produced during a nuclear reaction. The energy released from a change in the nuclei of an atom produces energy known as nuclear power. Nuclear Fission, or atom splitting, has been harnessed in the form of nuclear reactors to produce electricity.

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Uranium-235 is an isotope of uranium making up about 0.72% of natural uranium. Unlike the predominant isotope uranium-238, it is fissile, i.e., it can sustain a fission chain reaction. It is the only fissile isotope that is a primordial nuclide or found in significant quantity in nature.Uranium-235 has a half-life of 703.8 million years. It was discovered in 1935 by Arthur Jeffrey Dempster. Its (fission) nuclear cross section for slow thermal neutrons is about 504.81 barns. For fast neutrons it is on the order of 1 barn.[1] Most but not all neutron absorptions result in fission; a minority result in neutron capture forming uranium-236.

Process of acquiring Uranium-235


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