The Workings of a Nuclear Power Plant

This is the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant in Missouri (image originally from Wikipedia)

Here is where you're going to learn all you need to know about a nuclear power plant. From the basic mechanics/structure of a power plant to the different types of reactors and how they work, you will understand what happens in simple English. Are you thoroughly confused when you hear about all of the horrible events that are happening in Japan and how it came to be? Are you even more confused when the news programs bring in scientists, chemists, and engineers and ask them to explain what's going on? Well, you came to the right page to understand the basics of the problem.

Supplying the world with 17% and the US with 20% of its electricity, nuclear power plants help us to attain energy/electricity in a different way. Commonly using uranium (U) atoms, the process called nuclear fission, where the neutrons split uranium atoms, is used to discharge great amounts of energy. However, uranium isn't the only element used, and nuclear power plants are being used toward different things; many researchers and scientists are developing and thinking of different techniques and ways to use this energy. The pages below that we have attached go further in detail as to what as been briefly explained.

And also, for your convenience, instead of trying to find our pictures by copying and pasting each website in to a new URL, if you click on the picture, it will automatically direct you to the website we found it on! Also, note at the bottom of each page, there is a bibliography.

Pages to Look On...

The Basics - What You Need to Know
Types of Nuclear Power Plants
In the Future - What Will Nuclear Power Become?

Fun Page!

Did You Know...?
Yes, we do indeed have a fun page. As if this wasn't fun enough, right? On the page linked above, you'll find interesting, random but on topic facts that we found during our research!

Bibliography (1)

  1. Laumer, John. “Missouri Said ‘No’ To 8 Billion Dollar Nuclear Power Plant Expansion.” TreeHugger. 30 Apr. 2009. Web. 21 Apr. 2011.
  2. “Nuclear Power Plants | RadTown USA | US EPA.” US Environmental Protection Agency. 19 July 2010. Web. 21 Apr. 2011.