ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Energy Of The Future: How To Harness The Power Of The Sun.

Updated on February 20, 2018
Fusion Reactor.
Fusion Reactor. | Source

The Power Of A Star.

Nuclear fusion is a dream that scientists have had for years. As a dream it has been just beyond our grasp. Even in the 1920s when people were just beginning to understand fusion, fusion power seemed to be about 50 years removed. In the '20s, scientists discovered that the total mass of 4 hydrogen atoms was more than the mass of a helium atom. This meant that the remaining mass would be converted into energy. This was thought to be what powered the sun, now we know that it is correct. The first man made fusion reaction was in the 1950s. The device was a boosted fission weapon that used neutrons, created by fusion, to boost the amount of fissile material used, before the core blew itself apart. The practical fusion weapon was "Castle Bravo" by the U.S.. This device was an uncontrolled fusion reaction that was more powerful than was calculated. The result was a fireball that was 4.5 miles wide within one second, demonstrating the power of the sun. Unintended side effects were 7000 square miles of the pacific ocean blanketed in radioactive fallout. Natives on surrounding islands were not evacuated for 3 days leaving many with severe radiation poisoning.

Castle Bravo

Practical Fusion.

Limitless clean energy, that is what we think of most when we talk about fusion power. Nuclear energy without the toxic, radioactive waste. There are many experiments going on today that are trying to harness this power so that we can use it in our everyday lives. The first recorded use of controlled thermonuclear fusion was at Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico. There were new innovations happening all around with new fusion reactor designs by Russia, the UK and others. In 1964 the public got its first look at fusion during the world's fair by a machine developed by general electric.

When we look up at night and view the stars, everything we see is shining because of distant nuclear fusion.

— Carl Sagan

The Joint European Torus tokamak generator based at the CCFE.

Source

The Fight To Fusion.

Harnessing the power of a star is not easy. To achieve fusion we must get the hydrogen fuel to reach a temperature hotter than the surface of the sun. After that we need to be able to contain this reaction, use it to vaporize water, and spin a turbine. Right now, creating the fusion reaction is not the problem. Making a stable fusion reaction, that makes more energy than is put into it, is the problem. Without this surplus of energy, practical fusion is beyond our grasp.

Lasers may be the key to achieving our goal of nuclear fusion. In 2013, a research laboratory was able to produce fusion be bombarding a fuel pellet with lasers. The resulting reaction was able to produce a net positive of energy. Meaning that more energy was produced than was originally put into the system. This was a big step in our dream of a clean energy future.

Kurzgesagt

The Future.

No one knows what the future holds. Will we ever be able to harness this awesome power? Hopefully the answer is yes, as it should change our world for the better. But, to the first people to create a practical fusion reactor, will be given a head start for the future. This in itself should be enough for any government to want to be the first to build one. Though it seems like the future is far from the minds of some. These people, who cut funding to the sciences, must not realize that without them all the advances which have made our technological society possible will slow down. Though it is a peaceful thought that progress is made each day, and it will not be stopped as long as people are passionate about it.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)