Advantages of Nuclear Power Plants
Advantages of Nuclear Power PlantsPart 2 By: David Fadeff
High ReliabilityHigh Power Density Nil Carbon EmissionPossibly a Renewable
High ReliabilityImmune to various weather conditionsSolar, wind, summer, winter, etc.
High ReliabilityFuel independent from foreign suppliersNuclear fuel is located and mined in the United States. No imported gas or oil is required from foreign countries.
High Power DensityFuel enrichmentU-238 to U-235Result: longer lasting fuel-reduction in cost-fewer refuels/outages
High Power Density
High Power DensityCompare nuclear fuel to oil, and coal.1 kg of coal = 8 kWh1 kg of mineral oil = 12 kWh1 kg of U-235 = 24,000,000 kWh
Nil Carbon EmissionNuclear power virtually has none. Among lowest producers of toxic gasMost production from coal plants: over 900 tonnesNuclear and hydroelectric are less than 50 tonnesClean Air Act of 1970
Nil Carbon Emission
Possibly a RenewableYes and noDefinition: energy source that is not depleted when it is used. Fast Neutron Reactors (about 20)-reuses old fuel Fast Breeder Reactors (about 2 in Russia)-makes new fuel as it operates
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