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This research focuses on the impact of a “Nuclear Power Plant in Las Vegas” or ‘NPP in LV’ for short. Nuclear power is clean, has no greenhouse gas emissions, and has a moderate cost of kilowatt hours. Las Vegas, or more specifically Clark County uses Gas power plants to produce a majority of their electricity. My project will show what a nuclear plant could do if built in the city of Las Vegas. What is a Nuclear power plant? The EIA’s definition is “A nuclear power plant uses the heat that a nuclear reactor produces to turn water into steam, which then drives turbine generators that generate electricity” (U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2020). Currently the U.S. uses two types of nuclear reactors, either Boiling-water or Pressurized-water nuclear reactors. The most used currently is the Pressurized-water reactor. EIA explains “A steam generator is a giant cylinder filled with non radioactive water (or clean water). Inside the giant water-filled cylinder are thousands of tubes filled with the hot radioactive water from the reactor core that eventually bring the clean water to a boil and turn it into steam. The radioactive water flows back to the reactor core to be reheated, and once reheated, returns to the steam generator” (U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2020). The main advantage of the pressurized water reactor is that it will only contaminate a fixed amount of water which is constantly reused inside the system.
Las Vegas (Nev.)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Nuclear power plants
Environmental Health and Protection | Nuclear | Power and Energy
Murray, Ryan W., "Nuclear Power Plant in Las Vegas" (2022). Undergraduate Research Symposium Posters. 138.
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Faculty Mentor: Alexander Barzilov