The main purpose of nearly all power plants is to make steam to drive a turbine seen in the half-domed assembly in white in the middle of this picture. In the case of a nuclear plant, it's the heat from the controlled splitting of atoms that is generating the heat. That heat is transferred to a separate water loop to turn it into steam, which is then sent through the spinning turbine to generate electricity.
October 1, 2010 10:25 AM PDT
Photo by: Martin LaMonica/CNET
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
Conversation powered by Livefyre