How much power is produced by the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant?
The Vermont Yankee plant is currently licensed to produce 620 MW. It was originally licensed to produce 520 MW, but received an uprate in power output in May of 2006.
A lot! The US Energy Information Administration says that the Vermont Yankee has a capacity of 620 megawatts during the summer. To generate 5 megawatts of solar power requires a solar farm about 30-35 acres large. Since 620 divided by 5 is 124, you would need 124 x 30 acres of solar plants. That comes to a total of 3,720 acres! One acre is 43,560 square feet. This means that it would require 162,043,200 square…
Depends on where you get the electricity to recharge the batteries. If the electricity is produced in a hydro-electric plant then there is almost no pollution. If the electricity comes from a nuclear power plant then you have nuclear waste. If the electricity comes from a coal-fired plant that you do have pollution from the burning of coal.
The first ever Nuclear Power Plant was built 1954, at Obninsk in the former USSR. It produced 5 MW electric to the power grid. The first commercial nuclear power plant was Calder Hall, in Sellafield, England, built in 1956, producing 50 MW - later, 200 MW. The first US nuclear power plant was Shippingport Pennsylvania, in 1957, producing 60 MW.
Nothing unusual. The only thing vented into the air from a nuclear power plant is steam. Water is used in the cooling process but is only applied to the outside of containers so it never becomes mixed with any dangerous chemicals. The clean water vapor is vented out into the air. Any physical or chemical waste produced by a nuclear plant is completely enclosed and disposed of without contact with the outside air so there…
Nuclear power plant engineers design, develop, monitor and operate nuclear power plaNuclear power plant engineers design, develop, monitor and operate nuclear power plants used to generate electricity. They may work on the production, handling and use of nuclear fuel and the safe disposal of waste produced by nuclear energy -- or on fusion energy. Many engineers inspect, supervise or solve on-site problems in laboratories, industrial plants or at construction sites.
In a nuclear plant, uranium atoms are collided with neutrons, splitting the atom into different parts. Barium and krypton atoms, three neutrons, and energy. Some of the mass is lost during the reaction, and that mass turns into energy. E=MC2 means energy equals mass x the speed of light squared, so the tiny amount of mass lost in nuclear fission is multiplied by the speed of light squared (an impossibly large number). So that is…
The main problem is the radiation that is produced, this requires very secure safety systems and expensive engineering to make it safe. Thus a nuclear power plant is always going to be expensive to build, and there is always the risk of a fault causing serious damage to the plant which might not be repairable.
The used fuel in a nuclear power plant is the nuclear fuel being discharged from the nuclear reactor after being irradiated during reactor operation. It is usually composed of trans-uranium heavy elements, a wide variety of fission products (that resulted from the nuclear fission processes in the nuclear reactor) and products of radioactive decay (produced before and after fuel discharge from the nuclear reactor).
The USA built the first nuclear power plant, EBR-1, near Arco, Idaho, which was rated at about 100 KW of power. First power production took place on December 20, 1951. The former USSR built the first nuclear power plant that supplied a power grid. That occurred on June 27, 1954. It was the Obninsk Power Plant, and produced around 5 MW of power.