December 10, 2015: Nuclear Fusion for You?

Discovery Among Us

It is a great honor of myself, Dr. Halden H. Levin, and my wonderful lab partners at Energy Inc. to present to you this revolutionary discovery. The process of nuclear fusion is what provides energy for the Sun but as of the year of 2015 there is a possibility that nuclear fusion will provide energy for ourselves. Under a very controlled environment with high temperatures and density we will hold hydrogen isotopes long enough in this research facility to fuse them together.

"Fusing together the future, one atom at a time!"

What is Nuclear Fusion? Fission?

Nuclear fusion is about joining atomic nuclei together releasing mass amounts of energy. Nuclear fusion occurs in the core of the Sun and other stars allowing them to emit light. Until now nuclear fusion has not been harnessed for usage on Earth. What about Nuclear fission? Isn't it the same thing? Actually nuclear fission is quite the opposite of fusion. During nuclear fission atomic nuclei are split into smaller parts. Large atoms such as uranium and plutonium are perfect for this process. In contrast to fusion, fission produces only enough energy to power electric generators but would be unable to power the Sun with its minimal energy production.

Safety Concerns

It is my pleasure to say that under proper care and careful watch our nuclear fusion power plants should not pose much of a concern for the general public. Nuclear fusion produces much less gaseous emissions than other energy sources. Radioactive waste could be a possible concern if a factory melt down or dire emergency occurred, but as fellow citizens of the world it is in our best interest to provide energy with a greater benefit than cost that is able to be safely harnessed for a better future.

Economic Impacts

The initial cost to start up this program, I will not lie, will require large amounts of money but can be made up with the cheap costs it takes to run these facilities. Start up would require site preparation and construction which is expensive but the actual operation would reduce the energy rates and provide cheaper, cleaner fuels for the growing population of energy consumers. Operation costs in producing oil, coal, and gas are much higher than the operating cost of nuclear fusion allowing prices to drop in energy markets and allowing energy to be available to a greater population. Without this great energy limitation the dim prospects of our current energy supplies will brighten a great degree allowing energy to be used without as much worry!