A New Beginning

Module Sixteen Honors Assignment

A New Source of Energy

Labs across the globe have been conducting studies in order to find a way to successfully create and use Nuclear Fusion as a source of energy. Nuclear Fusion is the combining of atomic nuclei and that results in a release of energy. This source of energy is nearly impossible to come by because of the high temperatures needed to combine atomic nuclei, only the sun uses Nuclear Fusion as it's energy source. But all of that has recently changed because of two scientists by the names of Thomas Watson and Alejandra Esteves. These nuclear chemists put their brains together and found a way to reach the temperatures needed for Nuclear Fusion to take place, which is about 100 million Kelvin.

Nuclear Labs

Good Afternoon, this is Alejandra Esteves speaking. Thomas Watson and I have been employed at Nuclear Labs for the past ten years, and we have been working together to find a way to successfully create and use Nuclear Fusion. It hasn't been until recently, as of May 4th 2016, that we have found a way to combine two atomic nuclei.

Nuclear Fusion and Nuclear Fission

Nuclear Fusion is the nuclear reaction of two smaller nuclei combine to form a larger nuclei, the process results in the release of energy. The sun uses Nuclear Fusion in order to make it's energy.

Nuclear Fission is the nuclear reaction where one large nucleus splits into multiple smaller nuclei. This also results in the release of energy, but it's definitely not as much as Nuclear Fusion. Electricity Generators is an object that Nuclear Fusion can contribute it's energy to.

How?

First of all me and my partner did multiple stages of research, using the scientific method, and experiments. We had to conduct virtual experiments of the sun to find out some of the variables needed in order for the sun to create it's energy, so we could use that to find a way to use Nuclear Fusion here on Earth. We knew that it was going to be difficult trying to raise temperatures to more than 100 million Kelvin, so we conducted studies where we would see which materials would be best to withstand the high temperatures needed for Nuclear Fusion. We created an alloy that we call Prohites 34 that is able to stay in a solid state even when temperatures are as high as 100 million Kelvin. Once we were able to reach that temperature we could combine the nuclei of deuterium and tritium easily, within a couple of days. It was amazing to see that once we were able to finally create a good generator for Nuclear Fusion how everything came together so well.

Upside to this New Source

Nuclear Fusion is a very resourceful new source of energy, it is a clean energy source, or it doesn't emit any greenhouse gases. It is more predictable, or easier to control than Nuclear Fission. The fuel, which is deuterium, also doesn't cost that much, and there is a large (almost limitless) supply of it. There is little to no chance that a Nuclear Fusion Reactor will be prone to malfunction or meltdowns. Another upside is that this new energy source could produce about 1.45 times 10 to the forty first power Joules. That can give power to about 4500 homes.

This energy source would gives us so much energy that we would no longer have to limit the amount of energy we use, though it would be nice to use only the amount of energy that you need.

Safety, and Precautions

Nuclear Fusion may have it's upsides but we should still make precautions for the safety of citizens all over the world. Just like Nuclear Fission, Nuclear Fusion can be used for Nuclear bombs, and other nuclear weapons. Even though I don't think that the United States government will be shooting nuclear bombs anytime soon, we should practice safety drills in case of emergencies.


By: AJ Esteves