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Learn more about what ASME has to offer for the Nuclear Industry. Download the Resources for the Nuclear Industry.


is the energy released by the nucleus of an atom as the result of nuclear fission (when the nucleus of an atom absorbs a neutron and is split), nuclear fusion (when two light atoms combine), or radioactive decay. The main use of nuclear energy is to generate electricity; except for the reactor itself, which has nearly zero emissions, a nuclear power station works like most coal or gas-fired power stations. Nuclear power currently provides 13% of the world’s electricity; there are over 430 nuclear power plants in service in 31 countries around the world, 100 of which are located in the United States.