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Palo Verde pressurised water reactor power station

Palo Verde pressurised water reactor power station

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MARTIN BOND / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARTIN BOND / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Nuclear power station. External view of a nuclear power station. The domes at lower left and lower right each house a pressurised water reactor. These reactors use a fissile material, such as uranium-235, as fuel. When a neutron subatomic particle strikes a uranium-235 nucleus, the nucl- eus may split, releasing energy and more neutrons. The heat is removed by water which then passes through a heat exchanger to boil water in a secondary circuit. This then drives a turbogen- erator to make electricity. Nuclear power stations produce no acid rain or greenhouse gases, but make radioactive waste. Photographed at Palo Verde in California, USA, where there are three reactors.

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