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Should more nuclear power stations be built in Britain?

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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

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