In order to turn nuclear fission into electrical energy, nuclear power plant operators have to control the energy given off by the enriched uranium and allow it to heat water into steam.  Enriched uranium typically is formed into inch-long (2.5-centimeter-long) pellets, each with approximately the same diameter as a dime. Next, the pellets are arranged into long rods, and the rods are collected together into bundles. The bundles are submerged in water inside a pressure vessel.

How Nuclear Power Works

In order to turn nuclear fission into electrical energy, nuclear power plant operators have to control the energy given off by the enriched uranium and allow it to heat water into steam. Enriched uranium typically is formed into inch-long (2.5-centimeter-long) pellets, each with approximately the same diameter as a dime. Next, the pellets are arranged into long rods, and the rods are collected together into bundles. The bundles are submerged in water inside a pressure vessel.

This rare photo was snapped by Reuters photographer Ruben Sprich during a yearly inspection of the Muehleberg nuclear power station in Switzerland. The cosmic blue glow is a result of Cherenkov radiation, an electromagnetic radiation seen in reactors.

This rare photo was snapped by Reuters photographer Ruben Sprich during a yearly inspection of the Muehleberg nuclear power station in Switzerland. The cosmic blue glow is a result of Cherenkov radiation, an electromagnetic radiation seen in reactors.

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Scenery from abandoned building in Pripyat not far from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant [960x720] [OC]

Scenery from abandoned building in Pripyat not far from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant [960x720] [OC]

Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant To Shut Down In 2019

Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant To Shut Down In 2019

The company that owns the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, site of the worst nuclear disaster in U. history, says the facility will be closed unless the state of Pennsylvania decides to bail it out.

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Switzerland votes to ban nuclear power and invest in renewable energy

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