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    Electricity from nuclear power and coal

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    When some large nuclear plants run at full capacity, they produce about 1900 MW of electrical power. At this rate, what mass of 235U (kg) would it consume per year if the efficiency of converting nuclear energy to electricity is 33%?

    How many metric tons of coal would be required to supply the same amount of electricity?

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    Please see the attached file.

    For the nuclear reactor, the energy consumed is = 1900/0.33=5758 (MW)
    The energy consumed per year is
    5758*103 kW * 365 days *24 hours*60 ...

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