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Role of Fusion Energy in a Sustainable Global Energy Strategy

Role of Fusion Energy in a Sustainable Global Energy Strategy ROLE OF F USION ENERGY IN A SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL E NERGY STRATEGY Meier, Wayne; N ajmabadi, F arokh; S chmidt, J ohn; S heffield, J ohn Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CA; University of California, San Diego, CA; Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, NJ; Oak Ridge National Laboratory and The University of Tennessee, TN, USA. info@worldenergy.org 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1. Fusion en ergy Fusion energy is one of o nly a few truly lo ng-term e nergy options. Since its inception in th e 1950s, the vision of th e fusion energy research program ha s been to d evelop a viable means of h arnessing the virtually u nlimited e nergy stored in t he nuclei of l ight atoms – the primary f uel d euterium is present as one part i n 6 ,500 of a ll hydrogen. T his vision grew out o f t he recognition th at the immense power radiated by the sun is fuelled by nuclear fusion in it s hot c ore. Such high te mperatures are a prerequisite for driving si gnificant fusion reactions. The fa scinating fourth st ate of m atter at high te mperatures is known as plasma. It http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Energy & Environment SAGE

Role of Fusion Energy in a Sustainable Global Energy Strategy

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SAGE
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© 2002 SAGE Publications
ISSN
0958-305X
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2048-4070
DOI
10.1260/095830502320939606
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ROLE OF F USION ENERGY IN A SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL E NERGY STRATEGY Meier, Wayne; N ajmabadi, F arokh; S chmidt, J ohn; S heffield, J ohn Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CA; University of California, San Diego, CA; Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, NJ; Oak Ridge National Laboratory and The University of Tennessee, TN, USA. info@worldenergy.org 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1. Fusion en ergy Fusion energy is one of o nly a few truly lo ng-term e nergy options. Since its inception in th e 1950s, the vision of th e fusion energy research program ha s been to d evelop a viable means of h arnessing the virtually u nlimited e nergy stored in t he nuclei of l ight atoms – the primary f uel d euterium is present as one part i n 6 ,500 of a ll hydrogen. T his vision grew out o f t he recognition th at the immense power radiated by the sun is fuelled by nuclear fusion in it s hot c ore. Such high te mperatures are a prerequisite for driving si gnificant fusion reactions. The fa scinating fourth st ate of m atter at high te mperatures is known as plasma. It

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Energy & EnvironmentSAGE

Published: Sep 1, 2002

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