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History of NPPs

History of Nuclear power plants

Electricity was generated by a nuclear reactor for the first time on September 3, 1948, at the X-10 Graphite Reactor in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in the United States. It was the first nuclear power plant to power a light bulb. The second, more giant experiment occurred on December 20, 1951, at the EBR-I experimental station near Arco, Idaho, in the United States. On June 27, 1954, the world’s first nuclear power plant to generate electricity for a power grid started operations at the Soviet city of Obninsk. The world’s first full-scale power station, Calder Hall in England, opened on October 17, 1956. The first full-scale power station with a PWR-type reactor was a Shippingport Atomic Power Station, commissioned on May 26, 1958.

First nuclear electricity
The first light bulb ever lit by electricity generated by nuclear power at EBR-1 at Argonne National Laboratory-West, December 20, 1951.

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