Heat exhaust in fusion reactors and its impact on the sustainability of fusion electricity
University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Department of Industrial Engineering Via del Politecnico 1, 00133, Rome, Italy
Published online: 16 December 2020
This contribution presents a didactic overview of the sustainability of nuclear fusion as a source for electricity production. A comparison with traditional means of electricity generation will be carried out, especially regarding waste production. Particular attention will be focused on the lifetime of components in a fusion reactor, since this engineering parameter determines directly the environmental and economic sustainability. Finally, the impact of heat exhaust components, which is the field of expertise of the authors, on waste production will be assessed and the most active research activities aimed to enhance the performance and lifetime of these components will be summarized.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2020
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.