Question: What are examples of nuclear energy?
Answer: The most common example of nuclear energy is the nuclear fusion power plant. However, there are many uses of nuclear energy today and even more being proposed for the future.
Nuclear energy is used in small amounts for food sterilization and medical imaging. Chemotherapy makes use of nuclear radiation to kill cancerous cells. Modern naval ships such as submarines and aircraft carriers use nuclear powered engines. Of course nuclear energy waste is also used in weapons such as the notorious atomic bomb but also increasingly in conventional weapons. Depleted uranium cores are used in tank sabot rounds and .50 bullets for heavy armor penetration.
Another often forgotten example of nuclear energy that is extremely common is stars. The sun for example is really just a gigantic nuclear reactor.
Other questions related to nuclear energy:
- Is fission and fusion energy renewable?
- What runs off nuclear energy?
- What is nuclear energy and how does it work?
- What are the sources of energy in nuclear fission and fusion?
- What are the processes of nuclear fission to be controlled to release energy safely?
- What are examples of nuclear energy?