Fusion reactors and the environment
Fusion power, based on the nuclear fusion of light elements to yield a net gain of energy, has the potential to extend the world's resources in a way which is environmentally attractive. The easiest route to fusion - the reaction between deuterium and tritium - involves hazards from the use of tritium and the neutron activation of the structural materials. These hazards have been considered on the basis of simple conceptual reactor designs, both in relation to normal operation and decommissioning and to potential accident situations. Results from several studies are reviewed, and these suggest that fusion reactors appear to have an inherently lower environmental impact than fission reactors. However, the realisation of this potential has yet to be demonstrated.
Bibliographic Reference: Report: AEA FUS 1 EN (1990) 16 pp.
Availability: Available from the Librarian, UKAEA, Culham Laboratory, Abingdon, Oxon. OX14 3DB (GB)
Record Number: 199011274 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en