What are the two standard types of nuclear energy conversions?
There are two fundamental nuclear processes considered for energy production: fission and fusion.
How is nuclear energy converted?
In nuclear fission, atoms are split apart to form smaller atoms, releasing energy. … The heat produced during nuclear fission in the reactor core is used to boil water into steam, which turns the blades of a steam turbine. As the turbine blades turn, they drive generators that make electricity.
Why is nuclear energy bad?
Nuclear energy produces radioactive waste
A major environmental concern related to nuclear power is the creation of radioactive wastes such as uranium mill tailings, spent (used) reactor fuel, and other radioactive wastes. These materials can remain radioactive and dangerous to human health for thousands of years.