The science of nuclear energy
The science of nuclear energy

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4.1.3 The energy gap

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The UK National Grid faces supply problems due to the closure of gas and coal powered power stations.

These are being closed, primarily, to reduce carbon emissions and meet targets. But even if there weren’t environmental reasons, the amount of fossil fuel of any type is finite and the reserves within the Earth will run out in the future.

The video mentions the use of nuclear energy as an energy source that will fill part of the gap in energy resources that is left from the diminishing use of fossil fuels.

In the next section, you will look at nuclear energy in the context of carbon emission and cost.

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