Nuclear reactor thermal energy can be utilized to decarbonize other energy-intensive industries, such as transportation, which is the largest contributor to carbon pollution.
FREMONT, CA: Nuclear energy helps protect the air quality by generating large amounts of carbon-free electricity. It produces power to populations in 28 states and contributes to various non-electric applications ranging from medicine to space exploration.
The office of nuclear energy focuses its research on preserving the existing reactor fleet, developing innovative advanced reactor technologies, and enhancing the nuclear fuel cycle to grow the long-term sustainability of the energy supply and increase the U.S. economy. The following are some of the essential advantages of nuclear energy.
Lean Energy Source
Nuclear power is the most crucial source of clean energy in the U.S. It produces about 800 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, accounting for more than half of the nation's emissions-free electricity. This saves around 470 million metric tons of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to taking 100 million automobiles off the road. Nuclear reactor thermal energy might also be utilized to decarbonize other energy-intensive industries, such as transportation, which is the largest contributor to carbon pollution.
The Most Dependable Energy Source
Nuclear power facilities are operational 24/7. They are designed to run for longer periods and to be refueled every 1.5 to two years. Nuclear facilities ran at full capacity more than 92 percent of the time in 2019, making it the most dependable energy source on the grid today.
The nuclear sector employs about 500,000 people in the U.S. and contributes an estimated 60 billion dollars to the country's GDP each year. Nuclear power stations in the U.S. can employ up to 700 people at incomes that are 30 percent higher than the area average. They also provide billions of dollars to local economies each year in the form of federal and state tax income.
Facilitates National Security
A solid civilian nuclear sector is critical to the U.S.' national security and energy diplomacy. The U.S. must continue its worldwide leadership in this sector to influence the amicable use of nuclear technologies. In this capacity, the U.S government works with countries to cultivate relationships and new prospects for the nation's nuclear technologies.