Energy Town

Energy source: nuclear

Photo: Sellafield nuclear power plant

Sellafield nuclear power plant where Calder Hall, the world's first nuclear power station, is located

What is nuclear energy?

Nuclear energy uses a special fuel made from a rare metal called uranium. Nuclear energy produces heat, which is used to generate electricity. It can also be used to power big ships and submarines.

How a nuclear power station works

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  • There are currently 11 nuclear power stations in the UK. 
  • Nuclear energy supplies 20.2% of the UK's electricity.
  • The UK's nuclear power stations are built along the coast and use sea water for cooling.
  • Each nuclear power station supplies electricity to 1.6 million homes on average.