So fission hasn't got such bright future ahead. How about fusion?
Fission is a nuclear reaction in which the nucleus of an atom splits into smaller parts. Heat/energy is released. That's as detailed as I'd like to go. On the other hand, fusion is opposite of fission, the atomic nuclei merge together to form a single heavier nucleus. In that process large amount of energy is released.
ITER is actually what I wanna archive here. ITER or International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor is huge research and engineering project that is currently building tokomak (fusion reactor). I did not know that it was already designed and in production. It will produce 500 MW of output power for 50 MW input power in up to 1000 seconds. 10:1 ratio. (nuclear plants produce circa 500-1000 MW per year)
That is just experimental and electricity won't be actually added to electrical network.
ITER is scheduled to begin operating in 2018-19 (some say 2016). I wonder how it goes. I sure would wanna look at this archive post in 6 years!
|Natural fusion reactor - The Sun.|
|One way of using fission.|
ITER - Official ITER homepage.
ITER Wiki - Wiki article with cool timeline.
Fusion Power Wiki
Nuclear Fusion Wiki