A group of Year 11 students visited Daresbury Laboratories to learn more about cutting edge developments in science and technology.
A group of Year 11 separate science students visited Daresbury Laboratories to learn more about cutting edge developments in science and technology. Pupils also attended a keynote lecture by Dr Melanie Windridge – www.melaniewindridge.co.uk on the develops in Fusion energy.
Melanie is a plasma physicist with a PhD in fusion energy from Imperial College London. Dr Windridge now uses her degree and experience to promote a better understanding of science.
Fusion is the reaction that powers the stars. Energy is released when two small particles come together and fuse into one, larger particle. In fusion experiments on Earth, these small particles are the nuclei of deuterium and tritium - types of heavy hydrogen - and they fuse together to make a helium nucleus. So the waste product of fusion is helium, which is perfectly safe.