I’m sure that at some point you’ve been on a car journey and seen big, white wind turbines spinning away in a field. Maybe you’ve also seen light reflecting off black solar panels on roofs of new buildings. You may have even seen water rushing through a hydro-electric power station, if you live near a big lake or river.
All of these ways of making electricity are brilliant, because they don’t create carbon dioxide which pollutes our atmosphere, damages the ozone layer and heats up the earth. They are called renewable energy sources, because they’ll never run out.
But as you already know, nuclear power is another fantastic way of creating energy which is free from carbon dioxide. Although nuclear isn’t seen as a renewable energy source, there is so much uranium in the ground and in the sea that it doesn’t look like it’s going to run out any time soon.
Maybe that’s why…
Across the world, almost 13% of electricity comes from nuclear power.
In fact, 13 countries relied on nuclear energy to supply at least a quarter of their total electricity!