How Nuclear Power Plants Work / Nuclear Energy (Animation)

A nuclear power plant is a thermal power station in which the heat source is a nuclear reactor. As is typical in all conventional thermal power stations the heat is used to generate steam which drives a steam turbine connected to a generator which produces electricity.

This animation explains nuclear power plants in detail and how they work.

1) Important buildings (e.g. cooling tower, containment building)
2) Structure of the reactor vessel (pressurized water reactor)
3) Fuel assemblies, fuel rods and fuel pellets
4) Heat production through nuclear fission
5) Heat exchanger (steam generator)
6) Steam turbines
7) Production of electricity through the generator
8) Condenser
9) Primary and secondary circuits