Title

The Power of The Stars: How Nuclear Fusion Could Power the Future

Date

5-31-2018 1:45 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 2:30 PM

Location

HWC 105

Session Chair

Arlene Courtney

Session Title

Chemistry Major Capstone Seminars

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Arlene Courtney

Abstract

We hear it all the time; the world is facing an energy crisis. Our supplies of fossil fuels are running out, and our only means of replacing them are either destructive to nature or destructive to ourselves. Nuclear fission provides the bulk of our “clean” energy today, though it has severe drawbacks. But what if, instead of breaking atoms apart for energy, we could generate power the same way the Sun does; by merging them together? What if we could sustainably recreate this fusion process here on Earth, and power the world with our own miniature stars? This presentation will discuss the nature and benefits of nuclear fusion, some of the problems currently facing fusion power, and how those problems might be overcome through new innovations in fusion fuels.

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May 31st, 1:45 PM May 31st, 2:30 PM

The Power of The Stars: How Nuclear Fusion Could Power the Future

HWC 105

We hear it all the time; the world is facing an energy crisis. Our supplies of fossil fuels are running out, and our only means of replacing them are either destructive to nature or destructive to ourselves. Nuclear fission provides the bulk of our “clean” energy today, though it has severe drawbacks. But what if, instead of breaking atoms apart for energy, we could generate power the same way the Sun does; by merging them together? What if we could sustainably recreate this fusion process here on Earth, and power the world with our own miniature stars? This presentation will discuss the nature and benefits of nuclear fusion, some of the problems currently facing fusion power, and how those problems might be overcome through new innovations in fusion fuels.