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Nuclear power is electrical power generated from a nuclear reactor. Electricity is produced by the heat released from the atomic core though a controlled nuclear chain reaction. Waste products include heat and spent nuclear materials.

Nuclear power plants use a nuclear reactor, which is also called an atomic reactor or an atomic pile. Nuclear reactors have seven primary parts. Some of these are systems and some are protective parts. These primary parts are the atomic core, the moderator, control rods, a coolant system, a pressurized vessel, and a biological shield. In addition there are safety systems and a containment unit to house the reactor.

The atomic core is the center of the reactor. It is where nuclear fission takes place. Nuclear fission, which is also called atomic ...

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