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Nuclear Power Station

Today’s nuclear power stations capture heat energy from nuclear fission reactions to drive steam turbines and produce low-carbon electricity.

The animated video below of a nuclear power station shows how it works.

How It Works: Nuclear Power Station
Video duration: 1 minute 30 seconds.

The infographic below also highlights the processes taking place in a nuclear power station.

nuclear power station infographic
The processes involved in producing electricity at a nuclear power station.
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gloved hand holding uranium dioxide pellets
Pellets of uranium dioxide.

Uranium is a finite, but abundant natural resource. It is one of the most energy-dense materials on the planet. The electricity produced from a single pellet of uranium dioxide could power a home for around two years.

The Future of Nuclear Power

The future of nuclear power around the world is unclear; countries are either embracing it or rejecting it.

There are concerns about safety, waste disposal and security, but there is also recognition that it can provide a stable, consistent supply of energy and could help to reduce carbon emissions globally.

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