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Oct8-10, 01:46 AM
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Hi there,

Quote Quote by DaemonStudent View Post
Is there any possible way to extract energy that isn't in terms of heat in a nuclear reaction? It seems like a very passive way to collect energy.

Heat is a very "good" form of energy. Plus, you have neutrons decaying at energies of ~2MeV. Try to imagine their initial speed. To be able to sustain chain reaction, in a sensible way, it is much easier to catch slower moving neutrons. Therefore, the slowing down process creates heat. Let's use this heat in good terms, and make electricity out of it.