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What is Nuclear Energy?


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Nuclear energy originates from the splitting of uranium atoms in a process called fission. At the power plant, the fission process is used to generate heat for producing steam, which is used by a turbine to generate electricity.

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History of Nuclear Energy
Martin_Heinrich_Klaproth.jpg Heinrich Klaproth

  • Uranium was discovered in 1789 by Martin Klaproth, a German chemist, and named after the planet Uranus.
  • The science of atomic radiation, atomic change and nuclear fission was developed from 1895 to 1945, much of it in the last six of those years.
  • Over 1939-45, most development was focused on the atomic bomb.
  • From 1945 attention was given to harnessing this energy in a controlled fashion for naval propulsion and for making electricity.
  • Since 1956 the prime focus has been on the technological evolution of reliable nuclear power plants.

Uses of Nuclear Energy

Nuclear power is considered one of the greenest and purest form of energy that produces much less carbon dioxide and other toxic gases compared to other form of energy generation methods. However, Nuclear power can also be applied by the military to produce extremely powerful bombs.

If used properly, nuclear energy can offer a great possibility for the demand for environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy. On the other hand, if the nuclear power plants are not managed carefully, it could have astronomically serious consequences on the environment and all living organisms.