Nuclear Power Scholars' Forum

Last week, Clifton High’s Scholars’ Forum welcomed Ms Anna Corr from EDF Energy, who talked about the construction of Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station in Somerset. The nuclear power station is the first in a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK providing low-carbon electricity for around six million homes.

Ms Corr began her presentation by questioning pupils’ opinions on nuclear power, explaining why many people believed it to be a dangerous process. She described how the construction of Hinkley Point C will make a major contribution to the UK’s move to reduce carbon emission and that the electricity it generates will avoid 9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year, or 600 million tonnes over its 60-year lifespan.

Ms Corr then detailed the sheer scale of the construction project; it is currently the largest building site in Europe. Pupils were intrigued to find out just how large some of the equipment will be, with some being the height equivalent of three double decker buses! Pupils were also able to find about the process behind how nuclear energy works and a brief explanation about how it is created.