Everyone with a brain recognises the need for a change from use of fossil fuels to more sustainable forms of energy. One of these forms is nuclear fusion. Compared with Nuclear Fission, this form of energy development has received relatively little attention. This can probably be explained be the fact that fusion development has yet to be fully realised in a commercial and hence is of little interest to most people. However, having looked at some aspects of Fusion I believe that it should be fully looked at as a more efficient and safer form of electricity generation:
1. The materials used to generate Fusion are less damaging to the environment, exist in great abundance and are much safer than both fossil fuels used in conventional power generation and those used in nuclear fission such as uranium. The chief materials used in fusion are Lithium and Deuterium (heavy water) which both exist in abundance in nature and are safe to use.
2. The energy created is similar to that in Nuclear fission, yet the radioactivity is far less and much materials are much safer to dispose of.
3. Fusion plants would not need to be guarded against theft as the materials used would not be viable for use by terrorists or others.
There still exist many problems with development of fusion. Chief among these is the use of the radioactive material tritium, however the half life of this isotope is consideraby less than that of uranium or plutonium. Another important problem is lack of funding; the principles behind fusion are better understood by scientists now and I believe that if funded and researched in a serious fashion fusion could be a good way to change to more renewable and environmentally friendly power generation, yet fusion and other sustainable energy R&D continue to comprise a tiny part of EU and Government budgets when compared to comparatively useless things like the development of armaments and increased funding for armed forces and other 'security' related areas.