With nuclear power being talked about more these days as an alternative energy source over concerns for CO2 emissions, let’s familiarize ourselves a bit better with it.
A nuclear power plant is a power station which uses the heat from a nuclear reactor to generate steam which is harnessed through the use of a steam turbine to produce electricity. The first operational nuclear power station was erected in Tennessee in 1948 and was modestly used to power a light bulb. By the mid-1950s the model was being set up to operate an entire power grid, first tested in Obninsk, Russia in 1954. By the end of the 1950s nuclear power plants were appearing around the globe, such as that in Shippingport, England and Cedar Hall, United States.