Energy source: nuclear
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.
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