A clean energy resource. Nuclear energy originates from the splitting of uranium atoms – a process called fission. This generates heat to produce steam, which is used by a turbine generator to generate electricity. Because nuclear power plants do not burn fuel, they do not produce greenhouse gas emissions.
Nuclear power is the use of nuclear reactions that release nuclear energy to generate heat, which most frequently is then used in steam turbines to produce electricity in a nuclear power plant. The term includes nuclear fission, nuclear decay and nuclear fusion. ... There is a social debate about nuclear power.
13% of the world's electricity comes from nuclear power plants that emit little to no greenhouse gases. ... The U.S. saves $12 billion dollars each year for energy costs because of nuclear power. Nuclear power plants actually emit fewer radioactive materials into the environment than a traditional coal-burning plant.Dec 26, 2014
If the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has accurately estimated the planet's economically accessible uranium resources, reactors could run more than 200 years at current rates of consumption.