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  Nuclear Energy - MSN Encarta
Nuclear Energy, energy released during the splitting or fusing of atomic nuclei.
The binding energy per nucleon, the energy required to remove one neutron or proton from a nucleus, is a function of the mass number A.
The two key characteristics of nuclear fission important for the practical release of nuclear energy are both evident in equation (2).
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761558960/Nuclear_Energy.html   (834 words)

 Nuclear Energy
Although the radioactive wastes produced by nuclear energy may be dangerous for thousands of years, part of the waste caused by the burning of coal remains dangerous forever.
The truth of the matter is that radioactive waste from nuclear energy may be dangerous for thousands of years, while wastes resulting from the burning of coal, remains dangerous forever.
Nuclear energy has also proven to be a protector of the environment because of the lack of CO2, greenhouse gasses, and other gases it emits into the atmosphere.
www.umich.edu /~gs265/society/nuclear.htm   (2844 words)

 EPA - Clean Energy - Electricity from Nuclear
Nuclear energy originates from the splitting of uranium atoms in a process called fission.
Although the nuclear reactor is radioactive, the water discharged from the power plant is not considered radioactive because it never comes in contact with radioactive materials.
Currently, the radioactive waste is stored at the nuclear plants at which it is generated, either in steel-lined, concrete vaults filled with water or in above-ground steel or steel-reinforced concrete containers with steel inner canisters.
www.epa.gov /cleanenergy/nuc.htm   (746 words)

 World Mysteries - Nuclear Energy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Nuclear Energy is released during the splitting (fission) or fusing of atomic nuclei.
Nuclear weapons carry the possibilities of destruction to a new level and are able to inflict far greater damage within a few hours than previously resulted from years of warfare.
Approximately 35 percent of the energy from a nuclear explosion is an intense burst of thermal radiation, i.e., heat.
www.world-mysteries.com /sci_9.htm   (8420 words)

 Nuclear Energy: An Overview
Nuclear energy in California (and imported from outside the state) accounted for 36,970 gigwatt-hours, represents 12.8 perecent of electricity from all sources in 2004.
Nuclear fission is the process of splitting the nuclei of atoms, which releases energy from within those atoms.
To generate commercial energy, the neutron energy would be converted to heat in a surrounding blanket of coolant, probably containing solid lithium compounds, with the heat converted to electricity in a conventional steam generator cycle.
www.energy.ca.gov /nuclear/overview.html   (1583 words)

 Energy Resources: Nuclear power
Nuclear power is generated using Uranium, which is a metal mined in various parts of the world.
Nuclear power produces around 11% of the world's energy needs, and produces huge amounts of energy from small amounts of fuel, without the pollution that you'd get from burning fossil fuels.
Nuclear power stations work in pretty much the same way as fossil fuel-burning stations, except that a "chain reaction" inside a nuclear reactor makes the heat instead.
www.darvill.clara.net /altenerg/nuclear.htm   (1001 words)

 The Energy Story - Chapter 13: Nuclear Energy - Fission and Fusion
Another major form of energy is nuclear energy, the energy that is trapped inside each atom.
The energy is both heat and light energy.
This heat energy is used to boil water in the core of the reactor.
www.energyquest.ca.gov /story/chapter13.html   (761 words)

 EIA Energy Kids Page
Nuclear energy is energy in the nucleus (core) of an atom.
During nuclear fission, a small particle called a neutron hits the uranium atom and it splits, releasing a great amount of energy as heat and radiation.
Nuclear power accounts for about 19 percent of the total net electricity generated in the United States, about as much as the electricity used in California,Texas and New York, the three states with the most people.
www.eia.doe.gov /kids/energyfacts/sources/non-renewable/nuclear.html   (948 words)

 Energy - Nuclear Issues
Regardless of the future trends in the nuclear sector, existing nuclear installations must continue to be operated at a high level of safety and radioactive waste and stocks of spent fuel must be managed in a safe and environmentally sound manner.
At the end of their operating lives, nuclear facilities must be decommissioned in accordance with agreed safe practice, and high standards are required in the transport of radioactive materials.
However, with the nuclear industry currently supplying one-third of the EU's electricity, the subject of nuclear energy is also part of a much wider debate on the security of future energy supplies in the EU, competitiveness, the single energy market, state aids and greenhouse gas emissions.
ec.europa.eu /energy/nuclear/index_en.html   (318 words)

 (S-8) Nuclear Energy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Note: This is a side-excursion into the basics of nuclear energy, beyond the main scope of "from Stargazers to Starships." It is included because nuclear energy is important to modern society, and because section S-7 "The Energy of the Sun" has already provided many of the basic ideas.
The nuclear forces apparently prefer equal numbers of each kind, and light nuclei--helium, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen--usually maintain a 50:50 ratio, although nuclear variants ("isotopes") with small deviations from equality may exist and may be stable.
However, nuclear waste is still kept in temporary storage, as the national policy for its treatment and disposal continues to be debated.
www.phy6.org /stargaze/Snuclear.htm   (3299 words)

 Nuclear energy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nuclear energy is energy released from the atomic nucleus.
Nuclear energy is released by one of three nuclear reactions:
Nuclear energy was first discovered accidentally by French physicist Henri Becquerel in 1896, when he found that photographic plates stored near uranium compounds behaved as though they had been exposed to light in a manner similar to X-Rays, which had been just recently discovered at the time.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Nuclear_energy   (230 words)

 NUCLEAR NOW ( 4-Mar-2006)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Nustart Energy is a consortium of 7 commercial operators of nuclear power plants, together with two reactor vendors.
Decommissioning nuclear weapons and use of their plutonium as well as highly enriched uranium is also a complication.
In a 1979 conference on a possible energy emergency, a Westinghouse executive said that a nuclear power plant could be bullt in two years even without priorities of the kind given to urgent projects in the US during WWII.
www-formal.stanford.edu /jmc/progress/nuclearnow.html   (2714 words)

 Nuclear Binding Energy
The binding energy curve is obtained by dividing the total nuclear binding energy by the number of nucleons.
The fact that there is a peak in the binding energy curve in the region of stability near iron means that either the breakup of heavier nuclei (fission) or the combining of lighter nuclei (fusion) will yield nuclei which are more tightly bound (less mass per nucleon).
The binding energies of nucleons are in the range of millions of electron volts compared to tens of eV for atomic electrons.
hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu /hbase/nucene/nucbin.html   (409 words)

 Nuclear power - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nuclear power is the controlled use of nuclear reactions to release energy for work including propulsion, heat, and the generation of electricity.
Nuclear power is used to power most military submarines and aircraft carriers and provides 7% of the world's energy and 15.7% of the world's electricity.
The use of nuclear power is controversial because of the problem of storing radioactive waste for indefinite periods, the potential for possibly severe radioactive contamination by accident or sabotage, and the possibility that its use in some countries could lead to the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Nuclear_power   (9195 words)

 Nuclear Energy: The Issue   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The nuclear power industry has already produced more than 40,000 metric tons of nuclear waste in the last 40 years, all of it stored in temporary, on-site storage facilities.
Tauzin, who chaired the Energy and Commerce Committee that initially passed the bill and brought it to the full House for a vote, has received nearly $62,000 from the industry in individual and PAC donations so far in 2001-2002.
Cheney headed the president’s energy task force, which recommended in the spring of 2001 that the country increase the percentage of electricity generated by nuclear power.
www.opensecrets.org /news/nuclear/index.asp   (1131 words)

 Nuclear Plants - Progress Energy
Nuclear power generation contributes about 35 percent of the electricity used by Progress Energy customers, enough electricity to power 2.6 million homes.
In addition to being reliable, cost-effective and resource-efficient, nuclear energy is a safe and clean energy source that helps meet the increasing energy demands of today’s technology-driven society.
Brunswick - The two-unit, 1,875-MW Brunswick Nuclear Plant is located near Southport, N.C. An additional 244 megawatts of electrical generation was added to the plant's output from 2002 to 2005 as part of an extended power uprate program that upgraded much of the plant's equipment.
www.progress-energy.com /aboutenergy/powerplants/nuclear.asp   (377 words)

 Department of Energy - Nuclear   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
DOE’s Nuclear Energy (NE) program promotes secure, competitive and environmentally responsible nuclear technologies to serve the present and future energy needs of the United States and the world.
With the significant energy and environmental challenges facing the nation in this new century, the benefits of clean and safe nuclear energy are increasingly apparent.
A key mission of DOE’s nuclear energy research and development program is to strengthen that basic technology and, through some of the most advanced civilian technology research being conducted today, chart the way toward introduction of the next generation of nuclear power plants.
www.energy.gov /energysources/nuclear.htm   (157 words)

 FAEC's ENERGY Issues page.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
I well remember how the first nuclear power stations were a source of national pride as they quietly delivered their benefice of energy without the vast pollution of the coal burners they replaced.
Nuclear Energy on the World Today: At the end of 1998, 33 countries around the world hosted 434 operating commercial nuclear energy-fueled electric generating facilities.
A total of 29 new nuclear power plants were under construction worldwide at the end of 2002, with an estimated capacity of 23 billion watts.
mitosyfraudes.8k.com /Nuclear.html   (1559 words)

 Nuclear Energy News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Nuclear Energy News continually updated from thousands of sources around the net.
Australia could have nuclear reactors up and running in 10 years, the head of the government's nuclear task force says.
Energy security is a challenge that governments in Africa and the world have to confront as it is indispensable to improving peoples' lives, South African Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on...
www.topix.net /tech/nuclear-energy   (728 words)

 nuclear energy health hazards about nuclear advantages and disavantages of nuclear energy
Given the intense competition for world energy resources, the global commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and a doubling of U.S. electricity demand expected by 2030, it's no wonder Congress and the nation are looking at an expanded role for nuclear energy.
The nuclear energy industry shares this commitment to safety at the project, just as it has at 103 commercial reactors.
We believe nuclear energy is the best alternative to fossil fuels for energy needs of the present and future.
www.usnuclearenergy.org   (1668 words)

 NRC: Students' Corner
Nuclear energy is a way of creating heat through the fission process of atoms.
In a nuclear power plant, uranium is the material used in the fission process.
The NRC also regulates nuclear material that is used in science, medicine and industry.
www.nrc.gov /reading-rm/basic-ref/students.html   (300 words)

 Department of Energy - Department of Energy Requests $23.6 Billion for FY 2007   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Office of Science ($539 million) budget incorporates funding for nuclear fusion, including the ITER project, an experimental reactor that puts the U.S. on the pathway to furthering the potential of nuclear fusion as source of environmentally safe energy; solar, biomass and hydrogen research programs.
GNEP is a comprehensive strategy to increase U.S. and global energy security, encourage clean development around the world, reduce the risk of nuclear proliferation, and improve the environment.
The Energy Supply and Conservation budget request includes a $1.4 million increase for DOE-wide EH programs, which will be allocated to support the President’s Management Agenda initiatives, fulfill legislative mandates and conduct National Environmental Policy Act technical reviews more efficiently.
www.energy.gov /news/3150.htm   (1484 words)

 Open Directory - Science: Technology: Energy: Nuclear   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
International Atomic Energy Agency - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) serves as the world's central intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation in the nuclear field, and as the international inspectorate.
Nuclear Energy - Comprehensive information resource and links on nuclear energy, fuel fabrication, reactor theory and implications.
Nuclear Energy Student Programs at Argonne National Laboratory - Information and internship opportunities in nuclear energy research and development.
dmoz.org /Science/Technology/Energy/Nuclear   (597 words)

 TVA: Nuclear Energy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
As nuclear performance improves across the industry, TVAN’s challenge is to continue its mission of ensuring safe plant operations and achieve its vision of being the best multi-site nuclear power operator in the world.
By focusing on the four key areas of industrial and radiological safety, intolerance for equipment deficiencies, equipment reliability, and excellence in human performance, TVA’s nuclear employees have achieved superior performance and a nuclear industry award recognizing their achievements.
U.S. nuclear power plants, including TVA facilities, were safe and secure prior to September 11, 2001, and they are even more so today, serving as a role-model for industrial security in America.
www.tva.gov /power/nuclear/index.htm   (413 words)

 Manhattan Project, "Nuclear Energy" Sculpture
Chicago Pile No. 1 (CP-1) was constructed in a makeshift laboratory under the grandstand of Stagg Field Stadium at The University of Chicago.
The sculpture "Nuclear Energy" was unveiled at 3:36 p.m.
The First Reactor is available in PDF format (free download: Adobe Acrobat Reader) or may be requested from the Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology of the U.S. Department of Energy.
physics.uchicago.edu /moore_sculpture.html   (266 words)

 BUBL LINK: Nuclear energy
PPPL is a single-purpose fusion laboratory funded by the United States Department of Energy.
The Association is an international, non-governmental organisation concerned with the nuclear fuel cycle.
Information is provided on the generation of electricity by nuclear energy, the nuclear fuel cycle, uranium mining, radioactive waste management, and nuclear non-proliferation.
bubl.ac.uk /link/n/nuclearenergy.htm   (402 words)

 DOE - Global Nuclear Energy Partnership
Secretary for Nuclear Energy Dennis Spurgeon hosts a press conference at the IAEA in Vienna, Austria, to discuss the importance of GNEP, pursuing nuclear energy for power, as well as nonproliferation.
Nuclear Energy Dennis Spurgeon today announced that the Department will provide $80,000 to co-sponsor, with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other countries,
U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Dennis Spurgeon announced the appointment of Dr. Paul Lisowski as Deputy Director of Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems.
www.gnep.energy.gov   (191 words)

 BrainPOP - Animated Educational Site for Kids - Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and ...
In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will tell you how energy can be taken out of an atom’s nucleus to create nuclear energy.
You’ll find about the process that splits atoms to create energy, and about which element power plants use to make fuel to power our homes.
Discover the pros and cons of using nuclear energy as an alternative to fossil fuels.
www.brainpop.com /science/energy/nuclearenergy   (156 words)

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