Kaleb Hente and Denny Ponte
The Fusion itself is inexhaustible, composed of hydrogen isotopes (Deuterium and Tritium)
How it Works
Discovered and first used
-First ever used by stars
-First used by humans in creating the Hydrogen bomb.
Where and how it is used today
-Underway by China, Brazil, Canada, and Korea.
Currently used in bombs.
Used to power grids and cities in future.
"I really have become convinced that nuclear fusion is our energy future. It's so powerful. I mean, it is the power of the stars. If we could bring that down to the laboratory and to the power plant of Earth, that would be and incredible thing."
"Watching cold fusion is like watching water boil in slow motion. First, sufficient deuterium has to penetrate the palladium electrode. This can take a few weeks. Then, if excess heat is generated during the next month or two, accurate temperature readings require extreme precautions to exclude environmental effects."
-The turbulence of racing particles reach to the plasma edge in just one second.
How is plasma contained?
-good insulation from the material surfaces allows low density of plasma to be heated to the very high temperatures required for fusion.
How are high temperatures achieved?
-Good insulation, the application of high power leads to a temperature above 100 milion degrees celsius.
Are all fuel costs significant?
-The fuel would contribute much less than 1% to the cost of electricity.
What are the dominant costs foreseen in a fusion power plant?
-The superconducting magnets and the mere structure of the plant itself serve as the dominant costs for a fusion power plant.
Pros and cons
-Virtually limitless fuel available.
-No chain reaction.
-Little or no nuclear waste.
- Very low fuel costs.
-No full scale production till about 2050
-Very high temperatures which are hard to contain
-Commercial power plants are expensive
-Could produce a net negative amount of energy