How to harness the power of the sun? That’s a big endeavor! Scientists have been on a quest to harness the power of the sun for almost 100 years. Why? Because the sun’s power is the best renewable energy source for the future.
HOW TO HARNESS THE POWER OF THE SUN!
To understand why the sun is the best renewable energy source for the future and how to harness the power of the sun, let’s start with a few cool facts about the sun so we’re on the same page. My blog page! Ha
COOL FACTS ABOUT THE SUN
WHAT IS PLASMA & WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HARNESS THE POWER OF THE SUN?
Our Sun produces light & energy that everyone can see and feel, in plasma. The sun does this via a process called nuclear fusion.
WHAT IS NUCLEAR FUSION?
NUCLEAR FUSION: PLASMA'S HIGH HEAT IS KEY
NUCLEAR FUSION : ANOTHER REQUIREMENT
A QUICK WORD ON NUCLEAR FUSION VERSUS NUCLEAR FISSION
In the eyes of the public, nuclear fission is still controversial. Ever since the 1979 incident at Three Mile Island (which resulted in no injuries or deaths due to excellent failsafe measures and it’s been disproven that there was not an increase in cancer in local residents), there has not been a nuclear power plant built in the U.S.
Of course, Chernobyl in 1986 did not help matters, but human error did contribute.
I did digress, I admit it. While we’re on the topic of clean energy, rare earth metals have been in the news. I break it all down for you in this post about rare earth metals.
Back to nuclear fusion and how to harness the power of the Sun!
BEST RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE FOR THE FUTURE
What is nuclear fusion? I’m sure you can guess with my cool facts about the sun and obsession about what is plasma, that the best renewable energy source for the future is….nuclear fusion!
Scientists want to recreate the process of nuclear fusion here on Earth & collect the energy to make electricity.
The promise and potential benefits to humankind from this carbon-free energy source are enormous.
REASONS WHY FUSION POWER IS THE BEST SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOURCE FOR THE FUTURE
HOW TO HARNESS THE POWER OF THE SUN VIA NUCLEAR FUSION
TWO MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH FUSION DEVELOPMENT
The pursuit of how to harness the power of the sun is, ‘one of the most challenging programs of scientific research & development that has ever been undertaken.”
In August 2022, at the National Ignition Facility, an experiment produced a record 1.3 million joules of fusion energy, which is 70% of the energy needed to break even. 31% more and we’ll be creating electricity via a fusion reaction here on Earth!
We are on the verge of a new age in fusion science, thanks in a large part to plasma physics, tireless scientists, and our dollars that are funneled towards scientific research!
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