Would a fusion reactor need to be refueled?

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  • goring
    Lv 6
    1 year ago

    so far in a fusion reactor the input only equals the out put no matter how many time its refueled.

    If there was an efficiency at all, fusion reactors would be the Answer in electric power production

  • oubaas
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    sure....nothing lasts forever

  • Jim
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    CONSTANTLY fed.

    Fission - breaks apart (mostly) Uranium. Most reactors need refuel every few years

    Fusion - consumes Hydrogen and make Helium, the process constantly consumes H so it needs to be fed constantly!

  • JOHN
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Fission and fusion reactors, like reactors based on chemical processes, consume their fuels. The difference between nuclear and chemical reactions is that with the former an enormous amount energy is produced for a tiny amount of fuel consumed, whilst with the latter only a small or moderate amount of energy (in comparison) is produced for a huge fuel consumption. But in all energy producing reactors fuel is consumed and needs to be replenished. Do note that the nearest fusion reactor to where you live is in the centre of the sun – all earth bound nuclear reactors are fission reactors. (I'm assuming you are not an alien posting your question from some exoplanet in a remote corner of the Milky Way where fusion reactors are as common as candy floss – if you are do accept my apologies).

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    well yeah, obviously it would

  • 1 year ago

    Yes, but the same way an oil fed generator or coal burning plant need to be fed: continuously.

    To get fusion reaction, the hydrogen has to be heated and brought to an immense pressure, which is futile if you try to do it to more fuel than you can use in the next few seconds. This has to be a continuous feed: hydrogen (most likely the deuterium isotope, since fusing protium is an order of magnitude more demanding) is fed, fused, and the helium fusion result scrubbed out.

  • Sandy
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    with what???????

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    in theory, no ....................................................

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