Nuclear Fusion

By:Caitlyn Lloyd May 9th, 2016

Introduction:

My name is Caitlyn Lloyd, I am a 16 year old student scientist. Me and my fellow scientist have been working hard to find the secret for using nuclear fusion and I believe we have found it! Read more about our research below.


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How Nuclear Fusion Creates Energy:

The fusion reaction that is easiest to accomplish is the reaction between two hydrogen isotopes, when the nuclei fuse together they form helium nucleus, a neutron, and energy.

Safety Concerns:

*Waste is radioactive for 50-100 years

*Could be used in a Nuclear Bomb!

*Meltdowns are not possible (good thing)

Economic Impact:

  • Fuel costs for nuclear plants are a minor proportion of total generating costs, though capital costs are greater than those for coal-fired plants.
  • Fusion research including ITER construction is less than $2 billion a year