Monday, May 30, 2005

Alternative energy sources - Nuclear energy

Nuclear power creates energy once its atomic structure changes. All the nuclear power plants in operation today are based solely on fission, process where radioactive decay gets accelerated in a controlled chain reaction that splits an atom into two or more byproducts, including energy as one of these byproducts. Nuclear energy has enormous potential but there are also some disadvantages that worry people like the safety of nuclear power stations as well as the problem of nuclear waste. While the question of safety is really no longer such burning issue because of maximum safety measures present under current nuclear power stations that can guarantee that there won't be another Chernobyl, problem of radioactive waste still remains, and this is the question that still hasn't been answered on. Irregular use of nuclear energy can present big environmental threat and this is why many people around the world are so reluctant about future nuclear energy projects.

Alternative energy overview:
     1. Introduction
     2. Solar power
     3. Wind power
     4. Biomass/Biofuel
     5. Nuclear energy
     6. Ocean and Earth Power
     7. Conclusion

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