Nuclear- Basics


NUCLEAR POWER BASICS

“A” is for Atom!

Although the “Atoms for Peace” campaign was formally launched in 1957, corporate America began to promote peaceful uses of atomic energy as early as the first few months after Hiroshima. A Is For Atom, an artifact of this effort, takes this highly loaded and threatening issue straight to the public in an attempt to “humanize” the figure of the atom.

A Is For Atom speaks of five atomic “giants” which “man has released from within the atom’s heart”: the warrior and destroyer, the farmer, the healer, the engineer and the research worker. Each is pictured as a majestic, shimmering outline figure towering over the earth. “But all are within man’s power Ñ subject to his command,” says the narrator reassuringly, and our future depends “on man’s wisdom, on his firmness in the use of that power.”…Read more and watch the short film>>  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi-ItrJISQE

DYK Thorium a is for atom

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ENERGY DENSITY CHARTS

COAL- density chart    whatisnuclear.com

 

WHAT IS NUCLEAR POWER?

Nuclear Power 101- ucsusa.org

-What is nuclear power?

-How does nuclear power work?

-How much of our electricity comes from nuclear power?

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PRINCIPLES OF NUCLEAR POWER

The basic principle behind a nuclear reactor is simple: the heat produced by a controlled nuclear fission chain reaction is used to create steam pressure that drives a power-generating turbine….Read more>>

DYK NUCLEAR principles      ucsusa.org

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Inside a Nuclear Power Plant-   In order to turn nuclear fission into electrical energy, nuclear power plant operators have to control the energy given off by the enriched uranium and allow it to heat water into steam….Read more>>

DYK NUCLEAR how it works     science.howstuffworks.com

 

Advancing Small Modular Reactors: How We’re Supporting Next-Gen Nuclear Energy Technology- energy.gov

DYK NUCLEAR small mod graphic   The basics of small modular reactor technology explained. | Infographic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.  energy.gov 

 

POWER REACTORS

-Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs) , In a typical commercial pressurized light-water reactor(1) the core inside the reactor vessel creates heat, (2) pressurized water in the primary coolant loop carries the heat to the steam generator, (3) inside the steam generator, heat from the steam, and (4) the steam line directs the steam to the main turbine, causing it to turn the turbine generator, which produces electricity. The unused steam…Learn more>>      nrc.gov

DYK NUCLEAR PRESSURIZED WATER

-Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs),  In a typical commercial boiling-water reactor, (1) the core inside the reactor vessel creates heat, (2) a steam-water mixture is produced when very pure water (reactor coolant) moves upward through the core, absorbing heat, (3) the steam-water mixture leaves the top of the core and enters the two stages of moisture separation where water droplets are removed before the steam is allowed to enter the steam line, and (4) the steam line directs the steam to the main turbine, causing it to turn the turbine generator, which produces electricity. The unused steam…Read more>>  nrc.gov

  

DYK NUCLEAR TYPICAL BOILING WATER

 

 

 

ISSUES and POLICY-  What Are The Major Differences Between Renewable Energy Loan Guarantees and Nuclear Energy Loan Guarantees

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