Nuclear power plants are thermal power plants similar, to those burning fossil fuels. The main difference lies within the source of heat used to generate steam. In conventional power plants fossil fuels are burned in the boiler to generate high pressure steam that is used to drive the turbines which produce electricity. Nuclear power plants use the heat released by the continuous nuclear fission of atoms in the nuclear reactor. Fission is the process of splitting the nucleus of uranium atoms in certain elements.
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