posted on Aug, 18 2003 @ 03:01 AM
Thermonuclear fusion is the base energy of the Universe, keeping the Sun and stars burning.
Conventional nuclear power works on the principle of "fission" - breaking down heavy atoms.
A fusion reactor forces atoms together to create heavier elements.
To achieve fusion, atoms have to be heated to 100 million degrees Celsius which turns them into a “soup” known as plasma.
Unlike fission, fusion reactions are said to carry no safety risks.
There is also another fusion energy process, called "cold fusion" wich is obtain via an electro-chemical reaction...
A Swiss professor based in Lausanne is to head an international project hoping to unlock the power potential of thermonuclear fusion.