Module Sixteen Honors Assignment

Who are we?

Hello everyone, my name is Wayne Wilkins and i am apart of the squad 7 research group. Today we have found the secret to using nuclear fusion as an energy source.

How nuclear fusion produces energy?

In nuclear physics, nuclear fusion is a nuclear reaction in which two or more atomic nuclei come very close and then collide at a very high speed and join to form a new nucleus. The mass of this new nucleus is slightly less than the sum of its constituents, by an amount known as the "binding energy". This is because the compound nucleus is a lower-energy system than the two parent nuclei. The binding energy is released as photons. This is the energy that is given off by a fusion process. Fusion is the process that powers active or "main sequence" stars, or other high magnitude stars

Is nuclear fusion safe?

SEAFP concluded that fusion has very good inherent safety qualities, among which absence of 'chain reaction' and no production of long-lived, highly radiotoxic products. The worst possible accident would not be able to breach the confinement barriers. Even when a hypothesis is done that confinement barriers be breached, any accidental radioactive release from a fusion power station in this case cannot reach the level that would require the evacuation of the local community.

Economic impact

The projected economic prospects show that fusion will be capital intensive, and the historical trend is towards greater mass utilization efficiency and more competitive costs. Recent studies emphasizing safety and environmental advantages show that the competitive potential of fusion can be further enhanced by specific choices of materials and design. The safety and environmental prospects of fusion appear to exceed substantially those of advanced fission and coal. For example, the level of radioactivity in a low activation fusion reactor at 1 year and at 100 years after shutdown is calculated to be about one-millionth of the radioactivity in a fission reactor of the same power.