Nuclear Energy, Have you ever been in an argument about nuclear power have we found it frustrating and confusing.
so let’s try and get to grips with this topic. It all started in the 19 forties after the shock and horror of the wall in the use of the atomic bomb nuclear energy promised to be a peaceful spin-off of the new technology helping the world get back on its feet everyone’s imagination was running wildwood and extricate become free could nuclear power to help settle the Antarctic would there be nuclear-powered cars planes all houses.
it seems that this was just a few years of hard work away 1 thing was certain the future laws atomic just a few years later there was a sort of atomic H.
Hanover as it turned out nuclear power was very complicated and very expensive turning physics into engineering was easy on paper but hard in real life also private companies thought that nuclear power was much too risky as an investment most of them would much rather stick with gas coal and oil there were many people who didn’t just want to abandon the promise of the atomic age an exciting new technology.
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— Office of Nuclear Energy (@GovNuclear) January 25, 2021
the prospect of enormously cheap electricity the prospect of being independent of oil and gas imports and in some cases a secret designed to possess atomic weapons provided a strong motivation to keep going nuclear powers finest hour finally came in the early 19 seventies.
when the war in the Middle East caused oil prices to skyrocket worldwide now commercial interest and investment picks up the pace more than half of all the nuclear reactors in the world well built between 1970 to 1985 but which type of reacted to build given how many different types there what to choose from a surprising underdog candidate won the day the light water reactor.
Nuclear can do more than powering our homes and businesses.
— Nuclear Energy Inst. (@NEI) January 24, 2021
it wasn’t very ineffective and it wasn’t too popular with scientists but it had some decisive advantages it was that it works and it wasn’t terribly expensive so what does a light water reactor did well the basic principle is shockingly simple it heats up the water using an artificial chain reaction.
Nuclear fission releases several 0 times more energy than any chemical reaction could raise the heavy elements on the brink of stability like uranium 235 get bombarded with neutrons the neutron is absorbed but the result is unstable most of the time.
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it immediately spits into first moving lights ornaments some additional free neutrons and energy in the form of radiation the radiation heats the surrounding water well the neutrons repeat the process with other items releasing more neutrons and radiation in a closely controlled chain reaction very different from the foremost destructive runaway reaction in an atomic bomb in our light-water reactor a moderator is needed to control the energy of the neutrons simple ordinary water does the job which is very practical since water is used to drive the turbines.
INFOGRAPHIC: Fission and fusion are ✌️ physical processes that produce massive amounts of energy from atoms.
— Office of Nuclear Energy (@GovNuclear) January 30, 2021
anyway, the light water reactor became prevalent because it’s simple and cheap however it’s not the safest most efficient nor technically elegant nuclear reactor the renewed nuclear lasted barely a decade though in 1979 the 3-mile island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania barely escaped a catastrophe with its core mounted in 1986.
the Chernobyl catastrophe directly threatened central Europe with a radioactive cloud and in 2011 the drone out Fukushima disaster response new discussions and concerns 1 in the 19 eighties 218 new nuclear power reactors went life then number and new Kia’s global share of electricity production has stagnated since the end of the eighties so what’s the situation today nuclear energy meets around 10 percent of the world’s energy demands that are about 400 39 nuclear reactors in 31 countries about 70 new reactors under construction in 2015 most of them in countries which are growing quickly hello 116 you react as planned worldwide most nuclear reactors will build more than 25 years ago with pretty old technology more than 80. 2 percent of various types of light water reactor.
today many countries are faced with a choice the expensive replacement of the aging reactors or somebody with more efficient but less tested models for a move away from nuclear power towards newer or older technology was different cost and environmental impacts.
so should we use nuclear energy the pro and contra arguments will be presented hand next week subscribe and then you won’t miss it.