Commercial electrical generation plants work on the same principle. They begin with some kind of energy source – water, fossil fuels or nuclear, and even some forms of solar and wind – that is engineered to drive turbines which generate electricity. Each type of generator has its own unique benefits, drawbacks and place in the world’s energy mix.

Today’s nuclear power plants generate roughly 13% of the world’s electricity. Nuclear reactors do not emit any significant greenhouse gases, they maintain relatively small physical footprints and consistently provide low-cost, reliable, 24/7 baseload electricity to the world.

How Reactors Work

Turning atoms into electricity.

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Types of Reactors

The most prevalent designs in use today and potential designs for the future.

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Nuclear Power Advantage

Comparing nuclear with other power generation methods.

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Energy Demands

Meeting increasing demands with nuclear power.

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One ton of natural uranium can produce more than 40 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. This is equivalent to burning 16,000 tons of coal or 80,000 barrels of oil.