Seabrook - How Seabrook Works
All power plants operate in much the same way. Water is heated and turned into steam by using fuel such as coal, natural gas or oil. In a nuclear power plant, however, the fuel is uranium.
Unlike other power plants, however, nuclear power plants do not burn fuel. Instead, the process - called Fission - works this way:
- Tiny parts of the uranium, known as atoms, are made to split, or fission.
- During fission, even smaller particles of the atom, called neutrons, are released.
- The neutrons strike more uranium atoms, resulting in the release of heat needed to generate electricity.