Nuclear Power Physics GCSE

Advantages and disadvantages of nuclear fission and fusion, hope it helps :)

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Nuclear Fission
Advantages Disadvantages
It doesn't produce carbon dioxide or High starting cost because plant requires
smoke, so it doesn't contribute to the containment safeguards
greenhouse effect Possibility of nuclear meltdown from
The Earth has limited amounts of coal & oil; uncontrolled reaction-leads to nuclear fallout
nuclear fission could still produce energy with potentially harmful effects on civilians
after coal & oil reserves become scarce Produces nuclear waste, which is toxic &
It's very efficient, it releases great amounts radioactive
of energy (the energy it releases is 10 Waste products can be used to make nuclear
million times greater than is released by the weapons, which can kill thousands and have
burning of a fossil fuel) devastating effects
It is the most concentrated energy on Earth Uranium is a scarce resource-supply is
so we can control it very well estimated to last between 30-60 years.
We know how to do it
Nuclear Fusion
Advantages Disadvantages
Fusion produces helium, an abundant gas in Scientists have not yet been able to contain a
the Earth's atmosphere, that won't fusion reaction long enough for there to be a
contribute to global warming net energy gain
Fusion has no dangerous by products which Harder to control than fission
could be used to produce nuclear weapons Research is now taking place abroad-so we
The fuel for fusion reactions are readily may end up having to pay extremely high
available-deuterium & tritium are virtually amounts of money for the technology


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