Nuclear power is essentially heat generated by splitting something into parts (a process known as fission). Uranium is often used because its atoms are easier to split apart than other elements. Heat from this released energy boils water, which produces steam. The steam turns turbines and generates electricity.

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Fission – the splitting of atomic particles creates heat. The heat then boils water, which produces steam that turns turbines to create power.

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15 per cent of Canada’s power comes from nuclear generation.

Reliability

High reliability

Nuclear power is extremely reliable because it can operate 24/7 for long periods of time before shutting down to refuel.

Cost

High cost rating

With a costly construction price tag, nuclear energy is an expensive energy source.

Impact

Low environmental impact

Nuclear has a low impact on the environment as it produces zero emissions, but creates waste.

Now

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Saskatchewan mines and exports its large supply of uranium, but it doesn’t use it to generate power.

Future

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New technologies are emerging but aren’t expected to be available for at least a decade.

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