How nuclear energy is generated

Discover how low carbon nuclear electricity generation works.

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How nuclear energy is generated

Discover how low carbon nuclear electricity generation works.

Power from our people

Behind the doors of our nuclear power stations are teams of highly skilled and experienced engineers. They work around the clock to produce low carbon electricity for the UK. Around 750 people at each of our stations carry the responsibility of generating this power safely and effectively.

The engineering roles within the station are diverse. From Reactor Engineers who are responsible for keeping the reactors working from the control room, to Environmental Safety Engineers who make sure we minimise the impact of our activites on the environment around us.

This huge team is the driving force behind our nuclear power generation. It’s their dedication and skill, combined with uranium and our power stations that generate enough electricity to power more than 14 million homes in the UK.

The final step – dealing with the waste

Nuclear power produces radioactive waste that gives off a lot of heat and needs to be carefully and safely managed. Most of this radioactive waste is low-level – this means its radioactivity is short-lived and the waste can be incinerated or buried in shallow ground.

A very small amount of high-level waste is produced, from the substances left over after the nuclear reaction. This waste needs to be shielded from people and the environment for many years. Stored for 50 to 60 years in robust, designated storage facilities allows it to cool enough and reduces radioactivity enough to make it safe.