Nuclear Fusion

By: Emily Barnett

Date

May 2, 2016

Me and My Lab

I'm Emily Barnett and in my lab me and my scientists have been doing extensive research on how to use nuclear fusion as an energy source. With nuclear fusion I have discovered a way to power homes and businesses across the world.

How it Produces Energy

Nuclear fusion is the reaction between two hydrogen isotopes, deuterium, extracted from water and tritium, produced during the fusion reaction through contact with lithium. The fusion of these two isotopes forms a helium nucleus, a neutron, and a lot of energy. This is different from nuclear fission because fission is the splitting of an element and fusion is the combining of elements. Nuclear fission produces energy when heat and steam cause a uranium atom to split.

Safety Concerns

Nuclear fusion is actually very safe to work with and produce very low carbon emissions. Nuclear fusion is safe because it does not release harmful gasses, the waste is only radioactive for 50-100 years, reactors can't melt down, no uncontrollable energy is released, and the reactor can be instantly at stopped at anytime. All though nuclear fusion seems to be a very safe use of energy, it can still be used for bombs, so it is necessary to use this properly.

Economic Impact

In comparison to nuclear fission, which is already a renewable and great use of energy rather than fossil fuels, nuclear fusion is a lot safer and produces more energy. With the larger energy to fuel ratio if nuclear fusion, this will make a huge impact on energy use on America. This means spending less money and impacting the environment. In the future if America starts using nuclear fusion as a main energy source we wouldn't have to worry about running out of fossil fuels and the raising price of gas and electric bills.