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The Nuclear Reactor is one of the most powerful ways to generate EU. However, they are very dangerous and require careful observation to control. One bad setup can destroy the reactor and everything around it. If this is all a bit over your head, you can try This Tutorial. It will guide you through building a safe, powerful and automated Nuclear Reactor.
The Nuclear Reactor, and its 6 added Reactor Chamber, act as a single inventory. When a chunk boundary is running through the reactor, the chambers and their contents can disconnect and drop as items. This can disrupt the regulatory system of the reactor, resulting in a meltdown. So it is recommended to place all reactor parts and cooling system at the same chunk, or if you can't, using a Dimensional Anchor is another option. A Redstone current is required for the Reactor to start generating power.
Unregulated Nuclear Reactors can cause extreme explosions.
You can test your reactor layouts here in the planner. Click here to see a reactor that is cheap to run, outputs 220 EU/t, and is completely safe. It is also very easy to make automatic. The plating is unnecessary for the layout, but helps fill the slots, so if you use pipes to make the filling of the reactor with uranium, the uranium will go to the right place. And click here to see another safe reactor which outputs 245 EU/t, more efficient, but also more expensive. For a design that outputs 380 EU/t, much better then the previous designs, with a tradeoff of being more expensive click Here.
You can also build Breeder reactors to reinrich depleted uranium cells. This type of reactor needs to be heaten to work correctly and can be very dangerous if handled wrongly. Experiment with a safe reactor first ! Click here to see a breeder layout working at 33000t. You can heat this layout by adding Quad Uranium cells in the two holes on the middle-bottom. Or you can switch the three Simple cells to Quad cells until it's hot, then switch back quickly to Simple cells to stabilize it.