What is nuclear power?

Nuclear power is obtained from the energy stored in the nuclei of atoms. Nuclear power is produced by splitting the atoms of some element like uranium. The uranium nuclei are split by the bombardment of neutrons. This is called nuclear fission. Energy produced by nuclear fission has been harnessed since 1950s. When a nucleus splits it gives large amount of energy. This energy is used to heat up water and convert it into steam. The steam runs a turbine which in turn produces electricity. Nuclear power is generated with the help of nuclear reactors. However, the use of nuclear energy has given rise to concern over safety.