Nuclear Power

-What is nucelar energy?

-The UK and nuclear power

-Advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power (with examples)

-The furture of nuclear energy

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Nuclear Energy
The energy released during fission or fusion. Heat energy is
released from uranium or plutonium and used to generate
The cost
Capital costscost of site preparation, construction,
manufacture, commissioning and financing a nuclear power plant
Plant operating costscosts of fuel, operation and maintenance
External costsdealing with accidents and nuclear waste
The Olkiluoto project is Western Europe's first new reactor in a decade and is expected to cost
about £2.25bn (at least twice as expensive as other renewable and coal energy plants).
But at a nuclear power plant, the fuel is processed uranium, accounting for just 10% of the cost of
production. One argument given in favour of nuclear is that consumers are less likely to see huge
variations in their energy bills, which have been rising in recent months.
Nuclear energy and the UK
The UK has 15 reactors generating about 21% of its
electricity but almost half of this capacity is to be retired by
In 2015, 21.5% of the UK's energy mix was made
up of Nuclear energy
British Energy estimates that
the overall cost of operating its
power stations in the six months from April to September 2007
was 2.6p/KWH.
For the last few decades, nuclear power has been seen as a
prohibitively expensive option and no new power stations have been
built. But with soaring oil and gas prices, dwindling fossil fuel reserves
and pressure to tackle climate change, the government has renewed its
support for nuclear power.

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New Projects Energy firm EDF has said it remains "confident" the £18bn Hinkley Point
nuclear power plantwill go ahead despite uncertainties over its funding.
Construction of Hinkley Point C in Somerset, the first new nuclear plant in the UK
for 20 years and the most expensive in the world, is due to begin in 2019, two
years after it had originally been due to open.
It's designed to meet 7% of the country's total energy needs.…read more

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Uranium sources are just as finite as
other fuel sources, such as coal,
Because nuclear plants refuel every natural gas, etc., and are expensive to
1824 months, they are not subject to mine, refine, and transport, and
fuel price volatility like natural gas and produce considerable environmental
oil power plants.…read more

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The future of Nuclear Power
Governments across the world are looking to nuclear power to solve some of the most pressing
dilemmas they face how to meet growing energy demand and increase energy security while
reducing the CO2 emissions linked with global warming.
A number of countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,
are planning to build nuclear reactors, facilitated by strong authoritarian regimes.…read more


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