Very often the term “nuclear” is associated to accidents and radioactive waste. These, however, are linked to nuclear fission, which is the opposite of nuclear fusion. Todays nuclear power plants work with nuclear fission, where a heavy nucleus breaks and frees energy in that process. Nuclear fusion instead makes two nuclei merge together. During this process no long-term waste are produced, no CO2 is produced and no fossil fuels are burnt. Actually fusion uses fuels that are potentially unlimited: deuterium, which can be obtained from see water and tritium from lithium, an element which is abundant in the rocks. Moreover, nuclear fusion is safe because no chain reaction process is involved. In the Fifth episode of The Factory of the Stars Piero Martin tells us why.
Project manager: Francesco Suman Shooting and editing by Elisa Speronello Subs: Anna Bellettato Location: Botanical Garden, Padua