Nuclear Essentials

How does a nuclear reactor work?

How does a nuclear reactor work?

Nuclear reactors are, fundamentally, large kettles, which are used to heat water to produce enormous amounts of low-carbon electricity. They come in different sizes and shapes, and can be powered by a variety of different fuels. 

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Where does our electricity come from?

Where does our electricity come from?

Electricity is essential for modern life, yet almost one billion people live without access to it. Challenges such as climate change, pollution and environmental destruction require that we change the way we generate electricity.

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Is radiation safe?

Is radiation safe?

Radiation occurs naturally and comes from sources all around us, including our own bodies. Radiation is often misunderstood, but helps save lives and cure disease

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Nuclear energy and climate change

Nuclear energy and climate change

To control carbon dioxide emissions and associated climate change, the world must rapidly reduce its dependency on fossil fuels. Nuclear energy is low carbon, and can be deployed on a large scale.

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Nuclear - more than just electricity

Nuclear - more than just electricity

Controlling the spread of disease, helping doctors diagnose and treat patients, powering space exploration; the uses of nuclear technology are varied – and truly life-changing.

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What is nuclear waste and what do we do with it?

What is nuclear waste and what do we do with it?

The electricity generated from nuclear reactors results in small amount of waste and has been managed responsibly. There are several management strategies in practise, such as direct disposal or reuse in reactors to generate more electricity.

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How is uranium made into nuclear fuel?

How is uranium made into nuclear fuel?

Uranium is a naturally-occurring element in the Earth's crust. It is extracted from the rock in which it is found, enriched in the uranium-235 isotope, and formed into pellets that are then loaded into assemblies of nuclear fuel rods.

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