Nuclear Power Plant Isar, Germany

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Situation of nuclear energy in the world

Situation of nuclear energy in the world

Nuclear energy began to develop during the first decade of 1940. Initially, the research was aimed at the development and production of the atomic bomb. Subsequently, research began on other applications of nuclear energy; the investigation focused on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Currently, there are 30 countries in the world that have nuclear power plants for the generation of electricity. In any case, the number of countries that take advantage of nuclear energy is much greater since countries such as Denmark and Italy, which do not have any nuclear facilities, obtain about…

Electric power

Electric power

We define electrical energy as the form of energy that results from the existence of a potential difference between two points. When these two points are put in contact by means of an electrical conductor we obtain an electric current.

In physics, the electric potential energy, also called electrostatic potential energy, is the potential energy of the electrostatic field. This is an energy that has an electrical charge distribution, and is linked to the force exerted by the field generated by the distribution itself. Together with magnetic energy, the electric potential energy constitutes…

What is an electric generator?

What is an electric generator?

An electric generator is a machine able to transform any type of energy, which can be chemical, mechanical or light, into electricity.

An electrical generator is all that a device capable of maintaining electric potential difference (voltage) between two points, called centers or terminals. Electric power generators are machines designed to transform mechanical energy into electricity.

Operation of an electric generator

The operation of an electric generator is similar to an electric motor running in reverse.

This transformation is achieved by the action of a magnetic…

The electron. What is it?

The electron. What is it?

An electron is a stable negatively charged elementary particle which is one of the fundamental components of the atom. For this reason it can also be defined as a subatomic particle. It is part of the group of leptons.

Electrons may appear in the free state (without being attached to any atom) or attached to the nucleus of an atom. There are electrons in atoms spherical layers of different radious. These spherical layers represent energy levels. The larger spherical shell, the greater the energy contained in the electron.

In the electrical conductors, the current flows results…

Operation of a nuclear power plant

Operation of a nuclear power plant

Nowadays, the main use given to nuclear energy is the generation of electric power. Nuclear power plants are responsible of doing this process. Almost all nuclear power plants in production are using nuclear fission since the nuclear fusion, despite being under development, is currently unfeasible.

The operation of a nuclear power plant is identical to the operation of a thermoelectric power plant operating with coal, oil or gas, except in the way of providing heat to the water for converting this one into steam. In nuclear reactors this process of producing heat is made by the fission…

Watt

Watt

Watt is the international standard power unit in SI.

James Watt (1736-1819), the inventor of the steam engine, accepted it as the unit of power in the SI unit system. It is the unit that measures the energy conversion rate (joules) divided by seconds. The watt symbol is represented by the letter W.

1W = 1 J / s

In mechanics the watt is the power developed by a force of a newton applied to a point that moves one meter for a second. That is, if the point on which a force of a newton is applied is displaced at a speed of 1 m / s, the power is equal to 1 watt:

1W = 1N…

Fukushima nuclear accident

Fukushima nuclear accident

On March 11, 2011 in Fukushima occurred one of the worst nuclear accidents in history after the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

A 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the northwest coast of Japan and a subsequent tsunami severely affected Dahiichi Fukushima nuclear plant on the northeast coast of Japan.

At the time of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima reactors had 6. Reactors 1, 2 and 3 were operating while nuclear reactors 4, 5 and 6 were unemployed for maintenance.

After the earthquake Fukushima reactors that were still running is automatically stopped. To cool the reactors,…

Steam turbine

Steam turbine

A steam turbine is a machine that exploits the thermal energy of steam under pressure, converting it into useful mechanical energy through a thermodynamic transformation of expansion. Specifically, the steam turbine converts the internal energy of the vapor into kinetic energy of rotation.

The steam turbine, thanks to the highest thermal efficiency and the best power / weight ratio, has completely replaced the steam engine, which was an alternative engine invented by Thomas Newcomen and then significantly improved by James Watt.

From a thermodynamic point of view, the maximum…

Atomic theory

Atomic theory

In physics and chemistry, the atomic theory is a scientific theory of the nature of matter, which states that matter is composed of units called atoms. Atomic theory began as a philosophical concept in ancient Greece and entered the mainstream of the nineteenth century when discoveries in the field of chemistry showed that matter really behaves as if it were an atom.

The word atom originates in the atomic adjective of the ancient Greek, which means "indivisible". As explained in the history of nuclear energy. Nineteenth-century chemists began to use the term in relation to the growing…

Definition of energy

Definition of energy

Ability of a physical system to produce a job.

This definition, although it is the most widespread, can be misleading because of the vagueness of the term "capacity", and therefore, it is better to define the energy as what, when a work occurs, decreases in an amount equal to the work produced. Energy, then, is measured in the same units as labor.

History of the study of energy

The notion of energy appears for the first time from the investigations of Joule and Carnot on the conversion of heat in mechanical work and thanks to the theory of Helmholtz in which it connects…

Mechanical energy

Mechanical energy

Mechanical energy can be defined as the ability to produce a mechanical work that a body possesses due to causes of mechanical origin, such as its position or its speed. There are two forms of mechanical energy that are kinetic energy and potential energy.

The mechanical energy of a body is the sum of its kinetic energy and its potential energy. Mechanical energy can be partially transformed into other types of energy, such as electrical energy (in a ventilator), and can be obtained by transforming other energies, such as chemical energy (in a person who walks).

The kinetic energy…

Nuclear Power Plant

Nuclear Power Plant

A nuclear power plant is a facility for obtaining electrical energy using nuclear energy.

Its operation is similar to that of a thermal power plant or that of a solar thermal plant: from a source of energy thermodynamics is used to obtain heat, with the heat to get steam and with the steam to drive a turbine that will generate electricity.

The difference between the different types of electrical installations is in the energy source: a nuclear power plant uses the heat released in the nuclear fission reactions of certain atoms, in a thermal power station the heat source (thermal…

Renewable energy

Renewable energy

Renewable energies are those energies using an energy source or fuel which is considered inexhaustible or can be regenerated at the same rate at which it is consumed.

The classification of renewable energy depends on natural resources exploited.

Solar energy

We distinguish two ways of using solar energy:

  • Solar thermal
  • Solar photovoltaics

The use of solar thermal is to use heat energy obtained from solar radiation to heat a fluid, depending on its temperature,…

Nuclear power in Mexico

Nuclear power in Mexico

Mexico is rich in hydrocarbon resources and is a net exporter of energy. Country's interest in nuclear energy is based on the need to reduce their dependence on these sources of energy. In recent years, Mexico's energy is increasingly dependent on natural gas.

The energy growth was very rapid in the 1990s, but then stabilized for a few years. Since 2007 expected new growth in demand for electricity to an average rate of almost 6% per year. In 2007, we generated 257 million kWh. Supply Origin is varied electric, gas 126 TWh (49%), oil of 52 TWh (20%), coal 32 TWh (12.5%) and hydroelectric…

What is the nuclear energy

What is the nuclear energy

Nuclear energy is the energy in the nucleus of an atom. Atoms are the smallest particles that can break a material. At the core of each atom there are two types of particles (neutrons and protons) that are held together. Nuclear energy is the energy that holds neutrons and protons.

Nuclear energy can be used to produce electricity. This energy can be obtained in two ways: nuclear fusion and nuclear fission. In nuclear fusion, energy is released when atoms are combined or fused together to form a larger atom. The sun produces energy like this. In nuclear fission, atoms are split into…

Advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power

Advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power

In this section we analyze the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power. Nevertheless, most organizations related to nuclear energy are already positioned for or against the use of nuclear power. On this site we try to make an objective analysis about this question, giving all the relevant information and offering a space for different conclusions.

Advantages of nuclear power

The generation of electricity through nuclear energy reduces the amount of energy generated from fossil fuels (coal and oil). Less use of fossil fuels means lowering…

Brown's Ferry Nuclear Power Plant, USA

Brown's Ferry Nuclear Power Plant, USA

The Browns Ferry nuclear power plant (born as a Browns Ferry nuclear plant) is a functioning nuclear power plant in the southeastern United States.

The station is located on the shores of Lake Wheeler in the Tennessee River Basin in Limestone County, Alabama, 35 miles west of the city of Huntsville.

Unit 1 of the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant

Unit 1 is a 1101 megawatt electric BWR / 4 network built by General Electric. Construction began in Unit 1 on September 12, 1966 and was originally started online on December 20, 1973. It was authorized to operate until December…

Types of nuclear reactors

We distinguish two types of nuclear reactors

  • Nuclear research reactors. This type of reactors used neutrons generated during nuclear fission reactions to produce radioisotopes that are going to be used in other applications of nuclear energy or materials for studies.
  • Nuclear power reactors. These reactors are based on the use of the thermal energy generated in the fission reactions. The main and most known application of this type of reactor is to generate electricity in nuclear power plants. However, also they are used for desalination…

Nuclear power station of Vandellós II

Nuclear power station of Vandellós II

The Vandellós II nuclear power plant is a power plant. The facility is located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, in the municipality of Vandellós, in the province of Tarragona. The national participation in the construction and supply of equipment represented more than 89% of the total, which represented the highest percentage achieved in Spain for this type of project.

The plant as a whole, which has a nuclear pressurized water reactor, consists of several main buildings: containment building, fuel, auxiliary and turbine building. In addition, it is equipped with…

Byron nuclear power plant, United States

Byron nuclear power plant, United States

Byron's nuclear power plant is a nuclear power plant that produces electrical power in Ogle County west of Chicago and 27 km southwest of the city of Rockford, Illinois, in the state of Illinois, in the center from United States. It was approved for launch in 1985 and 1987 respectively. The maximum installed power is 2 300 - 2 356 megawatts MW.

The annual production in 2007 was approximately 18.85 TWh of electric power.

The nuclear facility has two Babcock and Wilcox pressurized water nuclear reactors, unit 1 and unit 2, which started operating in September 1985 and August 1987…

Atom

Atom

What is an atom? Imagine you have a piece of iron. The parts. You still have two pieces of iron but smaller ones. You turn them back, again ... Each time you will have smaller pieces until a moment will come, in which if you return them to leave, what you would have left would no longer be iron.

At this point what remains is an atom, an atom of iron.

Definition of atom

In a more formal way, we define atom as the smallest particle in which an element can be divided without losing its chemical properties.

The origin of the word atom comes from the Greek, which means…

Molecule

Molecule

A molecule is a set of chemically bonded atoms. The electric charge of the molecules is neutral.

There is a definition of an older molecule that is less general and less precise: "A molecule is the smallest part of a substance that can have an independent and stable existence while preserving its chemical properties and certain physicochemical properties." By this definition there could be molecules with a single atom.

Types of molecules

Molecules can be formed in two different ways:

  • Discrete molecules: molecules may consist of a well-defined number of atoms…

Nuclear Moratorium

The nuclear moratorium supposed blocking 5 projects of nuclear power plants that had approved the 7 (and some insiders) in Spain.

The National Energy Plans and Nuclear Moratorium

In 1983 he drafted a National Energy Plan in qual nuclear energy in Spain was hit hard.

To bring national electricity production to energy demand and adjust prices of the Congreos Diputoado in June 1984 approved the 1983 National Energy Plan (PEN-83).

The nuclear stop was the main novelty of the PEN-83 that was slowing building program of nuclear power.

What reasons provoaron the…

Nuclear power plant Arkansas Nuclear One-1

Nuclear power plant Arkansas Nuclear One-1

The Arkansas Nuclear One nuclear power plant (ANO) is located on Lake Dardanelle near Russellville, in the state of Arkansas, in the United States. It is the only nuclear power plant in the state of Arkansas.

The owner and operator of the nuclear plant is Entergy Nuclear.

The Arkansas nuclear power plant is composed of two pressurized water nuclear reactors.

  • Unit 1. The reactor of unit 1 has a power generation capacity of 846 MW. It was connected to the electricity grid on May 21, 1974. It is currently licensed to operate until May 20, 2034. Its nuclear reactor was supplied…

 Almaraz-1 nuclear power plant, Spain

Almaraz Nuclear Power supplied 16,000 million kWh annually throughout Spain.

The Alamarz Nuclear Power Plants I and II are located in the municipality of Almaraz de Tajo (Cáceres). The land owned by the central cover an area of 1,683 hectares located in the municipalities of Almaraz, Saucedilla and Serrejón Romangordo.

The Almaraz consists of two light water reactors of 2686 MW pressurized thermal, each with three cooling circuits, and manufacturing and construction is a Spanish contribution greater than 80 100. Both units use as fuel slightly enriched uranium oxide…

Cernavoda nuclear power plant 1 Romania

The nuclear power plant is located in Cernavodă Cernavodă in Romania.

The nuclear plant produces about 18% of the country's electricity. Uses a nuclear reactor CANDU heavy water technology. Take the Danube River water for cooling.

The design of the nuclear plant was commissioned by the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in the 80s, during the Communist era.

The initial project involved five units construcció

  • Unit No. 1. The construction of this unit ended in 1996 with an output of 705.6 MW electric power.
  • Unit number 2. day…

Boiling water nuclear reactor

Boiling water nuclear reactor

A boiling water reactor or BWR is a type of nuclear reactor. It is the second type of reactor most used in nuclear power plants in the world. Approximately 22% of the nuclear reactors installed in the different nuclear power plants use the boiling water reactor.

The main function of this type of reactors is their installation in power plants of power for the generation of electricity.

The most important feature of the boiling water reactor (BWR) is the use of pressurized water as a neutron moderator and as a core coolant. Unlike the pressurized water reactor (PWR), it does not…

Applications of nuclear technology

Applications of nuclear technology

The main use of nuclear energy is the production of electric energy. Nuclear power plants are responsible for generating electricity. Nuclear fission reactors are generated in the nuclear reactors of the nuclear power plants. With these reactions thermal energy is obtained which will be transformed into mechanical energy and later into electrical energy.

However, there are many other applications where nuclear technology is used directly or indirectly.

Working with different isotopes of the same element, nuclear technology can be used for other applications in various fields:

Chinon Nuclear Power Plant

Chinon Nuclear Power Plant

The Chinon nuclear power plant is located in France, near Chinon in the territory of the city of Avoine (Indre-et-Loire) in the Country of Véron. Uses water from the Loire River.

The annual production of the nuclear plant is approximately 24 billion kilowatt-hours per year. This production accounts for approximately 4% of national electricity production in France. 1500 people work in the nuclear power plant.

History of the Chinon nuclear power plant

The Chinon nuclear power plant has two different types of nuclear reactors:

Gas-graphite reactors

Between…