Fusion-fission hybrid system created

January 28, 2009

U.S. physicists say they’ve designed a system that would use fusion to eliminate most toxic waste produced by nuclear power plants.

The University of Texas at Austin scientists said their invention — called the Super X Divertor — when fully developed, could help combat global warming by making nuclear power cleaner and a more viable replacement of carbon-heavy energy sources, such as coal.

We have created a way to use fusion to relatively inexpensively destroy the waste from nuclear fission, said Mike Kotschenreuther, a senior research scientist. Our waste destruction system, we believe, will allow nuclear power — a low carbon source of energy — to take its place in helping us combat global warming.

The research that also included scientists Swadesh Mahajan, Prashant Valanju and Erich Schneider appears in the journal Fusion Engineering and Design.

Source: upi

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