• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Should more nuclear power stations be built in Britain?

Extracts from this document...


Should more nuclear power stations be built in Britain?



Introduction                                     3

Nuclear energy                                3

Nuclear power station                 4

Advantages                                       5

Disadvantages                                 5

Argument                                          5

Conclusion                                        6

References                                        6


The UK relies on atomic energy for nearly 20% of its electricity.The government didn’t seem that interested in building new reactors asno reactors have been built since the 1980s this is because of accidents, spiralling decommissioning costs and the problem of nuclear waste. But with high oil and gas prices, fossil fuel reserves running out and pressure to tackle climate change, the government has renewed its support for nuclear power. It is backing a new generation of atomic power stations because it believes they provide the necessary security of supply while helping reduce carbon emissions. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/guides/456900/456932/html/default.stm

So my case study asks the question do we really need to build more in this country. I will do research to find the best answer.

Nuclear energy:                   image01.png

...read more.


Nuclear fission produces energy for nuclear power. The amount of free energy contained in nuclear fuel is millions of times the amount of free energy contained in a similar mass of fossil fuels.


Nuclear power station:image02.jpg

Inside the nuclear power station, there is a core. This is called a nuclear reactor; the picture is of a nuclear reactor.

It contains fuel rods, fuel rods contain uranium. It's the uranium which is active. Also in the core a thing called a moderator is needed. This is to make the reactor work. Without the moderator, the uranium will not undergo this nuclear reaction, and the whole thing won't work. In addition there are things called control rods which can be pushed into the nuclear reactor when it's working, and shut it down. And they do that by controlling the reaction in the core. All a nuclear power station does is produce heat. The heat boils water to make steam, which can drive a turbine, which drives a generator. This is exactly the same as in a conventional power station.

...read more.



I think we should be developing alternatives to both fossil and nuclear energy. They are both bad either for the environment or human health. The money that is being spent should be going towards other ways of producing energy. The hydrogen car for example should be encouraged and made cheaper. Electricity could be made from tidal energy because Britain is an island so it has lots of water surrounding it and no one really uses the beaches because it’s too cold in this country.



This is a scientific journal, it is peer reviewed so it is reliable.


This is not a scientific journal so it is less reliable.


This is not a scientific journal so it is less reliable

eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/video_4977212_how-nuclear-energy-works.html#ixzz19RrgQdZL

This is not a scientific journal so it is less reliable


This is not a scientific website so it is less reliable but I think teachers might use it so it might be OK


This is not a scientific journal so it is less reliable

...read more.

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Radioactivity section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Radioactivity essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Is nuclear power the future? Should we build more nuclear power stations in ...

    4 star(s)

    forms 2 different elements, in this case barium and krypton, and 3 free neutrons. These free neutrons then go on to hit more U-235 atoms, setting off a chain reaction and releasing a huge amount of energy. Inside a nuclear reactor the chain reaction uses rods of uranium bundled together.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    'Is Nuclear Power the Solution to our Energy Problems?' Case Study

    4 star(s)

    Costs of disposal are estimated at about �56bn." This source shows that nuclear waste remains dangerous for tens of thousands of years; countering the argument that nuclear power is cleaner than fossil fuels. The disposal of this waste is estimated at about �56bn, which also counters the argument that nuclear power is cost-efficient.

  1. Are mobile phones harmful to our health

    "These issues have been dealt with in depth by whom and fact sheets were issued for the factual information of everyone," he said. "The information in these fact sheets is current and no research has been published to alter the conclusions in the WHO fact sheets."

  2. Should we build more nuclear power stations?

    * There is only a very small amount of waste produced. * Nuclear power is reliable. * Fossil fuels are running out in the near future (oil is predicted to run out around 2030), whereas uranium will not run out for a very long time.

  1. Should we use Nuclear power in the UK

    And it cost a lot for this process on the other hand transporting nuclear waste can be very tricky and very expensive yet if a accident does happen this will result in a big disaster and cost a lot to fix although accident are actually quite rare.

  2. Should we use Nuclear power in the UK

    Transporting gas and oil is easier than transporting uranium. The threat that the radioactive holds is very hazardous. If the containers to the barrel that is holding the uranium in any way damage it can affect the people around it. Radioactive material is hard to see and is very hard to clean up unlike oil or coal.

  1. P2 Assessed Home-Learning Are Mobile Phones Harmful?

    Many epidemiologic studies (a study which looks at usually 2 groups of people who are alike in characteristic but different in some type of exposure ? i.e. mobile phone users and non-users) do not take into account that brain tumours could have long-term effects, especially for children who may see signs when their older (40s or 50s).

  2. Does the UK need new nuclear power stations?

    Each year, 10,000 to 50,000 people die from respiratory diseases due to the burning of coal, and 300 are killed in mining and transportation accidents, in contrast no people have died or been seriously injured because of a reactor accident or radiation exposure from nuclear power plants.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work