Nuclear Energy Without the Waste

Nuclear Energy Without the Waste
Innovation
Scott Lachut, PSFK Labs
  • 1 april 2009

With the opening of the National Ignition Facility in California yesterday, scientists will now be able to utilize the world’s most powerful laser to create fusion reactions which will afford them greater insight into the nature of planets and stars, but the more practical applications of this technology are what have people really excited. Fusion used in combination with fission – the current process at work in nuclear reactors – has the potential to revolutionize the safety – this model separates neutrons from fuel eliminating the fear of meltdowns -and efficiency – the energy generated from both reactions can increase output by 20 times – of nuclear energy, approaching a truly sustainable fuel source. This hybrid concept also solves the problem of nuclear waste and can even use up preexisting stores, the Telegraph reports:

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