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Alternative Nuclear energy.

Our main source ofenergy right now is nuclear energy. Although Nuclear energymight seem to be a reliable source of energy, it is not.

Nuclear energy is not a reliable source of energybecause you need to extract Uranium ore from the earth's core which might seem as a goodsource of Uranium it is not. This is not a endless supplyof uranium because it will eventuallyrun out of uranium .

So what can we do to solve this issue?

The answer is alternative energy.

Alternative energy is energy that can be renewedand that is reliable.

One solution is replacing Uranium fuel rods in a reactors core with Tritium.

Tritium can be usedas a substitute for uranium because it has the same properties as uranium except that it has a shorterhalf life.Tritium is made by fusing solidHydrogen With Lithiumin a Farnsworth reactor.This also has its problems one majorproblem is the radiation and heat that is generated during the processof fusion. Tritium can be then used as a fuelpellet for a Nuclear reactor when it is mixed with Deuterium which is a solid. Tritium is also a good fuel pellet because it only has a life span of about 12.4 years, thenit decays into Helium 6 which is very harmless. Uranium on the other hand is notsafe because it has a life span of about 2000 years and it gradually decays into other radioactive material such as Thorium, neptunium, ECT....

This is Called the Uranium - Thorium cycle. The tritium is also ecologically friendly because itcan be made from H1 which is found in water H2O. H1 is called Portion and is extracted through a process called electrolyses in which water is charged by a D.C current.

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SHOE0007
SHOE0007

7 weeks ago

The thorium cycle in theory use up Uranium 235 and Plutonium 238. Since most of the waste is Uranium and Plutonium mix it is expensive due to the reprocessing parts.

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SHOE0007
SHOE0007

7 weeks ago

I agree with other people here on this blog. Actually thorium life cycle is very different than tritium and deuterium gas. I find an interesting nuclear reactor is the Thorium reactor that India working on. Water-cooled Uranium and thorium reactors that produce less waste than normal Uranium or Plutonium stuff. Some of them are sodium cooled reactors.

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Arano
Arano

9 years ago

did you look up when tritium and deuterium are solid? the production of tritium consumes more energy than you get from its decay... a natural source would be the moon or the sun... you should keep in mind that a short half life means higher radiation during the decay... and the 'life span' of 12.4 years is the half-life of tritium which means after that time you have half as much tritium instead of no tritium...

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dciocoiu
dciocoiu

Reply 9 years ago

That is true but this could be one alternative to using coal to produce electricity. I am still working on it though i could use some useful advice.

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Arano
Arano

Reply 9 years ago

could be in a sense of 'with a couple of inventions yet to be made' and in a much different way than you think it works, yes... i am willing to give advice and to provide knowledge and if am not sure about somehting or don't know enough about a subject i know atleast someone who can tell me what i want to know... but based on what i read from texts you wrote i am not sure if it is not like the german saying 'perlen vor die säue werfen'... it seems like you don't think before you say something... when i did my 'Wehrpflicht' i learned a nice phrase from the 'funker' units: "Denken, Drücken, Sprechen!" which translates roughly to "think, press [the button], speak" and you seem to be someone who should think really often about this sentence, especial when you write and before you post something... for me it is really hard to give a comment to something you wrote without breaking the 'be nice' policy... please do me a favor and next time you post anything: write a text with usefull and accurate information about a subject you have decent knowledge of... if my english sucks it's because it's my native language, just read the text a couple of times, until you get what i want to say....

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kelseymh
kelseymh

9 years ago

You have numerous factual errors, which make it abundantly clear that you have no idea what you're talking about.

Tritium does not have "the same properties" as uranium, not even close.

Tritium is an unstable isotope of hydrogen, with one proton and two neutrons, and a half-life of about 12 years. It is not found in nature, but must be manufactured (which costs energy).

Uranium is a naturally occuring element, with isotopes having half-lives of billions of years (not 2000 years). When uranium-235 absorbs a low energy neutron, it breaks apart (fission), releasing energy in the form of some gamma rays and at least one additional neutron.

Deuterium is not a solid, and neither is tritium. They are both gases, just like ordinary hydrogen.

Tritium is not ecologically friendly. It is highly radioactive, and if ingested can cause cancer, leukemia, radiation sickness, etc. It is also chemically toxic: it can replace ordinary hydrogen in proteins and other biological chemcials, disrupting their function.

A "portion" is a part of some quantity (for example, one glass of milk is a portion of a whole carton). The nucleus of ordinary hydrogen is called a proton. All other atomic nuclei are made of different numbers of protons and neutrons.

Neither tritium nor deuterium are used in nuclear reactors for power. There is current research (with no existing devices) on using the merging of tritium and deuterium nuclei (fusion ) to produce power. A mix of deuterium and tritium are used in thermonuclear weapons, but that is not the same as a nuclear reactor.

The chemical process of electrolysis converts water molecules into molecules of hydrogen gas (H2) and oxygen gas (O2). It does not produce bare protons.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Is it possible too much of this type of site it being relied on heavily lately for posting of topics?