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Nuclear Power

Discuss nuclear power.

Megan Dickmeyer

on 10 March 2011

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Transcript of Nuclear Power

nuclear power How it works? Clarification Equations E=mc^2 235U + 1 neutron ---> 2 neutrons + 92Kr + 142Ba + ENERGY Pros and Cons vs. Nuclear Power in Minnesota atomic energy accounts for 26% of the state's power. History December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi achieves a controlled nuclear chain reaction with a demonstration reactor, called the Chicago Pile 1. December 20, 1951, experimental reactor produces first energy from a nuclear reaction, enough to light four lightbulbs. January, 1955, the Atomic Energy Commission begins prorgram of funding for nuclear power plants between government and industry. In 1956, the first nuclear power station was built. Using uranium as its fuel. The station was named Calder Hall Power Station, built on coast of Cumberland.
December 2, 1957, in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, the first full scale nuclear power plant goes into service.
1973, American utilities buy 41 nuclear power plants. January, 1983 President Reagan signs the Nuclear Waste Policy Act. Hydro power was surpassed by nuclear power in total electrical generation in 1984.

December 1993, the total number of nuclear power plants in the United States is 109, collectively producing 610 billion kWhs of electricity. Quiz 1. What do the variables in E=mc^2 stand for? 2. What are some of the pros and cons of nuclear power? 3. Where are the two power plants in Minnesota located?
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