ECOFusion Paper Published In
Peer Reviewed Journal Physics EssaysAn overview of ECOFusion has recently been published in the peer reviewed journal Physics Essays. The paper, entitled "ECOFusion: An electron-cooled, colliding-beam, cellular approach to harnessing fusion power" appears in Physics Essays in Volume 29: Pages 450-456, 2016. The paper was published online in September of 2016. To find the published paper, go to physicsessays.org.
Summary for the MediaECOFusion is a new approach toward harnessing fusion energy. ECOFusion uses the science of accelerator physics to design a system that promises to deliver useful fusion power. Accelerator physics is the science used to develop atom smashers, and such devices work every day in many laboratories around the world. ECOFusion makes use of the specific process of electron cooling of colliding beams in order to arrive at a design for a new, clean and safe power source for mankind.
Electron cooling is a process whereby an electron beam is merged onto an ion beam. Collisions between the two beams causes the ion beam to lose its imperfections to the electron beam, resulting in a nearly perfect ion beam. The process of electron cooling is the key advance of ECOFusion, as colliding beams have previously not been able to produce useful fusion power due to unwanted scattering processes. By applying electron cooling to the ion beams, the problems caused by the unwanted scattering are mitigated - and this is the critical invention that will make fusion energy possible.
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Introduction to ECOFusion
Fusion - Clean, Safe, Abundant Nuclear PowerFusion energy has long been known to be the best possible means to provide power to mankind. It is fusion energy that powers the stars - including our own sun. The fusion reaction produces ten million times more output power than chemical reactions, and the fuel needed is found in seawater - it is essentially an unlimited supply that will last for billions of years at present consumption rates. Additionally, the fusion reactions produce no long lived nuclear waste, there is no possibility of run-away nuclear accidents, it produces no materials capable of building fission bombs, and there are no greenhouse gas emissions from fusion reactions.
With such tremendous promise, fusion energy research was begun with the expectation of quickly bringing all of its advantages to mankind. Unfortunately, that promise has not yet been reached.
A Quick Look at Nuclear ReactionsTo understand how fusion energy promises to overcome the many worrisome problems associated with traditional nuclear power, as well as to understand how both fission and fusion work, it is helpful to look at the underlying reactions that power each alternative.
Fission. First, let's look at fission: