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Fusion energy: Critical analysis of the status and future prospects
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering.
2018 (English)Student paper second term, 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Sustainable development
The essay/thesis is mainly on sustainable development according to the University's criteria, The essay/thesis is partially on sustainable development according to the University's criteria
Abstract [en]

The need to make maximum use of renewable resources to the detriment of fossil fuels to achieve environmental goals with an increasing energy demand is driving research into the development of technologies to obtain energy from sources that are not currently being exploited, one of them being fusion energy. The aim of this report is to provide a general overview of fusion and to provide a critical opinion on whether fusion will become a commercial energy source in the future, and if so when. The followed methodology has been a literature review complemented by an interview to B Henric M Bergsåker, teacher and researcher at the KTH on fusion plasma physics and information person for the Swedish fusion research.In the results section the fusion physics and different technological approaches have been presented. Among the studied different projects, the ITER Tokamak magnetic reactor has been selected as the most promising of these projects, as a product of international collaboration, and it has been analyzed in more detail. The obtained results have been that fusion can be an inexhaustible, environmentally friendly and safe energy source. The first-generation fusion commercial reactors are expected to be part of the energy mix before 2100.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 36
Keywords [en]
Fusion energy, fusion reactors, Tokamak reactors, fusion fuels, ITER
National Category
Energy Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-27059OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-27059DiVA, id: diva2:1219198
Subject / course
Energy systems
Educational program
Energy systems – master’s programme (one year) (swe or eng)
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2018-06-07, Gävle, 14:08 (English)
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Available from: 2018-06-26 Created: 2018-06-15 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved

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