Nuclear Fusion as Energy Source
May 12th, 2016
Today is a BIG day in the worlds history!!! Especially in the history of energy use. We humans have gone from simple machines to natural gas and even nuclear fission as sources of energy, but now, scientists John Doe and Ryan Dowler have unlocked the key to nuclear fusion. Put this date one your calendar folks, because it will be one for the history books! Read on for a full article by executive scientist, Ryan Dowler, all about nuclear fusion, the power source of the future.
Hello, my name is Ryan Dowler and I am the executive scientist at Ralshey Labs in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am very proud to be a founder and participant in this spectacular organization. We have achieved many great things over the years that we have been operating; however, the achievement I wish to share with you today is especially revolutionary and spectacular! To simply come right out and say it, we have discovered/created the world's first way of producing energy through nuclear fusion. This is an extraordinary accomplishment as it has never been done before. Typically, the amount of energy put into smashing two atoms together outweighs that of what we are able to get out, however, we have created a new way of shooting atoms towards each other so that we get out more energy than we put in! Now, in this short article, I will explain to you the basics of the source of energy that will be the only source for just about everything on earth from here out!
What is Nuclear Fusion and how does it work?
This is an extremely good question, and probably the first that needs to be asked in order to educate yourself on this topic. Nuclear fusion is the process of fusing two small atoms in order to make bigger ones. Now, it is important to note that atoms do not simply combine with one another; instead, they must be forced together under very high pressure until they squeeze so close that they make another atom (element). This requires high tech equipment when attempted on the earth. Typically different isotopes of the element hydrogen (deuterium and tritium) are shot at each other to fuse into one. When they do, it creates a helium atom and an extra proton while giving off energy in the form of heat. The energy given off usually comes in high volumes and is very clean (no pollutant gases such as carbon dioxide) and renewable. This is very different from nuclear fission which is two atoms separating in order to create energy; however they are often times mistaken because they are similar in the sense that they both occur on an atomic level. The process of nuclear fusion is much more efficient (producing larger amounts of energy) than the process of nuclear fission.
SAFETY AND PRECAUTIONS
- One large safety concern involves the isotope of hydrogen known as tritium. This element is safe to human touch, however it should not be inhaled or ingested due to its radioactive nature. Therefore, when people are working in nuclear fusion plants, they should be very careful, and if there are ways to use nuclear fusion at home, people should take extreme caution.
- Also, people must be cautious of radioactive waste. It is much more unlikely for radioactive waste to happen in a nuclear fusion plant than it is to happen in a nuclear fission plant; but it is still important to keep an eye out for.
The final thing we have to talk about is how this discovery will impact the world economically. Basically, it will allow for unlimited access to energy without the issue of gases that are harmful to the environment. With this unlimited access, energy would become much more affordable and permit everyone to be able to use it. Also, the atomic molecules needed for nuclear fusion can be found all over the world, permitting nations that did not previously have access to energy to be able to use it. This widespread distribution of the elements necessary for nuclear fusion would also allow for nations to not be so interdependent on other specific nations as they are today for fossil fuels since these fuel sources are largely concentrated in only specific areas of the world. Therefore, at first certain economies would crash or fall due to the fact that their would be no need for the fossil fuels that they are so dependent on, but eventually in the long run, things would balance out for the better. It would allow for the world to become many people to become more focused on things other than alternative fuel sources, and improve the economies all around.