COLD FUSION, Energy of the Future?
A Possible New Energy Source
There have been few areas of science that have proven to be more controversial, than that of Cold Fusion. It is a hypothetical near-room temperature reaction in which two smaller nuclei join to form one larger Nucleus and release in this process, great amounts of energy. In the years of the 1980's there have been claims that cold fusion has been developed and demonstrated that the process can be economical to operate.
Cold fusion, if developed could supply our world with a cheap and clean form of energy and be a blessing to our environment. There have been some protests and some have tried to debunk the process claiming, it is not a viable form that can be truly produced to do all that is said. Some scientist in other countries have made claims to have already developed the cold fusion process and may have it already prepared for production. The claim that the fusion can save huge amounts of energy needed to produce it, make scientists sit up and take more notice about the degree of its potential. It is claimed that three times the amount of produced energy is provided by what is required in operation in the factories where it may be put into use full time.
A nickel-hydrogen reactor has been claimed to be well beyond the stage of research and is now ready for production. It may be ready in only a few months. They claim that when atomic nuclei of nickel-hydrogen are fused in the reactor, copper and large amounts of energy are the by-product. A reactor uses about 1 gram of hydrogen and begins with around 1000 W of electricity and that it will reduce to around 400W later in only a short time. This will produce about 1200W of heat energy, or more than three times the cost in what it yields. This will save a lot of needed energy needed to produce the greatest loads that the process affords.The scientists claim that the cost of the cold fusion process will be estimated at 1 cent/kWh and is less than coal or gas in operation. The huge potential of having a commonly available resource and being able to use it in production at such a cheap cost, is very attractive in today's world.The scientists say that the fact that the production of radioactivity is proof that a nuclear reaction occurred in the cold fusion process. The radiation is shielded in the process and there is no waste left after the process is completed.
The reactors are said to be self-sustaining and the input can be turned off when needed. Refueling will be needed to be done about every 6 months, and there is a claim that one reactor has been in operation for almost two years and a factory uses it for heating. A patent has been applied for by two Italian scientists. Some in the scientific community have opposed the cold fusion development and its claims. Several have gotten on board and are hard at work in pursuit of the new cold fusion development, Such a great contribution to humanity can not be taken lightly. Cold fusion has the great potential to be a saving form of energy for the future of all the worlds's peoples.
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