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Fission vs. Fusion

  1. Jan 23, 2009 #1
    Which nuclear process is more economically feasible--fusion or fission? I think it's fusion because it produces more energy than it takes, as compared to fission. Am I right?
     
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  3. Jan 23, 2009 #2

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    Right now the only economically feasible one (for power generation) is fission - we are still inventing a fusion reactor that gives more power than it consumes.
    Long term - fusion has some advantages (unlimited globally available fuel, less waste).

    Of course if you just want a lot of energy delivered - fusion in the form of an H Bomb is economically feasible in terms of power out for energy in!
     
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