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Embalse nuclear power plant, Argentina

Embalse nuclear power plant, Argentina

The Embalse nuclear power plant is a central power generation, located near the city of Embalse, province of Cordoba in Argentina.

In addition to power generation has other applications in nuclear medicine because thanks to their recharge nuclear fuel during operation, is also used to generate isotopes for medical applications, such as cobalt 60

From the point of view of the capacity of power generation, nuclear power plant reservoir has a capacity of 648 MWe gross power.

The operator is Nucleoeléctrica Argentina S.A. since 1994.

Chronology of the construction of the Embalse nuclear plant

Last review: February 24, 2020

 Atucha-2 nuclear power plant, Argentina

 Atucha-2 nuclear power plant, Argentina

Atucha II is a nuclear power plant in Argentina, based in Lima, Buenos Aires, built next to Atucha I. Its construction began in June 1981 under a contract with Siemens. Like Atucha I, is a nuclear reactor heavy pressure water (PHWR), planned to offer a much greater ptencia (about thermal energy. It must be 2,000 MW transformed into electricity remained at 750 MWe ). At the time it was started, he had the highest containment building around the world. The total cost is estimated at US $ 3.8 billion, or about $ 5500 / kWe, considerably higher than the world average $ 1500 / kWe.

Partly in response to energy shortages caused by natural gas crisis of 2004, the issue of Atucha II nuclear…

Last review: February 24, 2020

Atucha-1 nuclear power plant, Argentina

 Atucha-1  nuclear power plant, Argentina

Atucha I est située à 100 km de la ville de Buenos Aires (Argentine), près de la ville de Lima sur la rive droite du fleuve Paraná de las Palmas.

A été exploitée pendant plus de 30 ans. Pendant ce temps, le réacteur nucléaire a généré plus de 65.000 millions de kWh d'énergie en utilisant 1400 tonnes d'uranium.

Le carburant utilisé par le nucléaire, je l'Argentine est de 0,85% d'uranium enrichi. Pour la modération est utilitza refrigeracióny eau lourde (D20). Il appartient à la PHWR réacteur nucléaire (réacteur à eau sous pression…

Last review: February 24, 2020

Laguna Verde-1 nuclear power plant, Mexico

Laguna Verde-1 nuclear power plant, Mexico

The Laguna Verde nuclear power plant is a nuclear power generation plant located in the Punta Limón locality of Alto Lucero municipality of Gutiérrez Barrios, in the State of Veracruz, Mexico. It is the only nuclear power plant in Mexico.

Currently the plant is owned by the Federal Electricity Commission.

The Mexican nuclear power plant has 2 nuclear reactors of 1634 MW each, so the total installed capacity in the plant is 1,634 MW.

The Laguna Verde nuclear power plant is certified by Mexico's nuclear regulatory agency, the National Commission on Nuclear Safety and Safeguards.

The two nuclear units began to be built in 1976. Specifically, the first…

Last review: February 24, 2020

The role of nuclear energy in the Spanish Electricity Network

The role of nuclear energy in the Spanish Electricity Network

Few people know how the pricing of electricity works in Spain. In this sense, to speak simply, an average is made between the cost of energy and the amount of energy that can be generated.

This means that, when talking about renewable energy, we have an energy with great power, which “works” all year and whose cost is very low. Let's see what is the role of this type of energy in the Spanish electricity market.

Production thanks to nuclear energy

During 2019, among the seven Spanish nuclear reactors they produced  55,843 GWh , which reaches almost 22% of the total electricity produced in Spain.

In this way, nuclear…

Last review: February 21, 2020

Chemical energy

Chemical energy

Chemical energy is the potential of a chemical substance to undergo a transformation through a chemical reaction or, to transform into other chemical substances. Forming or breaking chemical bonds involves energy. This energy can be absorbed or evolve from a chemical system.

The energy that can be released (or absorbed) by a reaction between a set of chemical substances is equal to the difference between the amount of energy of the products and of the reagents. This change in energy is called internal energy of a chemical reaction.

Since the strength of chemical bonds is associated with the distance between chemical species (in fact the strongest chemical bonds are those with…

Last review: February 17, 2020

Jose Cabrera nuclear power plant, Spain

Jose Cabrera nuclear power plant, Spain

The José Cabrera nuclear power plant was the first nuclear nuclear power station built in Spain. It is located in the municipality of Almonacid de Zorita in the province of Guadalajara, along the Tagus river between the dams of Bolarque and Zorita, taking the latter reservoir water flow needed for supply and cooling.

The company Union Electrica Madrileña received the March 27, 1963 Authorization for the installation of a nuclear power plant with a capacity of 60 MW for producing conditional upon presentation of the entire project of the nuclear power plant. Subsequently, the project was presented, but with a power increase to 160 MW. On the Construction Authorization…

Last review: February 14, 2020

What is a Chemical Element?

What is a Chemical Element?

In nuclear energy we often talk about the fission or fusion of an atom. However, there are many atoms and each one is part of a chemical element. Uranium atoms are used as nuclear fuel in nuclear power reactors. In this case, uranium is a chemical element. Uranium atoms can have different configurations called isotopes.

What is a chemical element?

A chemical element is a collection of atoms with the same charge of atomic nuclei. The atomic nucleus consists of protons, whose number is equal to the atomic number of the element, and neutrons, whose number may be different. Each chemical element has its Latin name and the chemical symbol consisting of one or a couple of letters,…

Last review: February 12, 2020

Advantages of Nuclear Power Plants

Advantages of Nuclear Power Plants

The presence of nuclear plants around the world has led to important debates about nuclear energy. Many environmental organizations such as Greenpeace expose the serious dangers to which the population is subjected in case of an accident.

However, most governments that have the ability to install nuclear power plants in their countries are committed to this way of generating electricity.

Although there are numerous applications of nuclear energy (nuclear medicine, industry, etc.) in this article we focus on the generation of electrical energy in nuclear power plants.

How does a nuclear power plant work in a few words?

To understand the benefits of a nuclear plant,…

Last review: February 11, 2020

Energy Conservation Law

Energy Conservation Law

In physics, the law of conservation of energy is one of the most important conservation laws observed in nature. In its most studied and intuitive form, this law states that, although energy can be transformed and converted from one form to another, the total amount of it in an isolated system does not change over time.

However, in its most general sense, it does not seem correct to speak of the law, since in physics there are numerous laws related to the conservation of matter (mass) and energy: conservation of matter, mechanical energy, mass energy, the amount of movement, angular momentum, electric charge, etc. So in the scientific literature for the definition adopted is that of…

Last review: February 10, 2020

Molecule

Molecule

Definition of molecule in chemistry: a molecule is an electrically neutral entity composed of two or more atoms of the same element or different elements, joined by a covalent chemical bond.

In organic and biochemical chemistry, the term molecule sometimes also identifies polyatomic ions, while in the kinetic theory of gases it is often used for each gaseous particle, regardless of its composition: with this definition, even the individual atoms of the family of noble gases can be considered molecules.

A molecule can be composed of multiple atoms of a single chemical element or atoms of different elements. The families of molecules formed by the same atoms arranged in space…

Last review: February 9, 2020