Must Read: Nuclear Power From Seawater, New Research Brings a Great Breakthrough!

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Feb 22, 2017 06:27 AM EST

A new research study reveals that seawater can be a good source of nuclear power that can ultimately create fossil-fuel free future. (Photo : Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Modern science brings a great breakthrough as new research discovers seawater as the potential source of nuclear power. The invention can fill the deficit of energy.

Stanford News Service reported that seawater contains uranium. Now a proper method to collect that uranium can be very helpful to produce nuclear power. This process can help to invent carbon-free energy in the near future.

Human civilization always brings advancement and this advancement needs a huge source of energy. Scientists are researching to explore the renewable source of energy. But, the truth is they have not yet achieved any major success, so nuclear power is the best option to generate energy.

The increasing demand for energy can only be solved through the nuclear power. Now sufficient amount of uranium is necessary to produce that power. Researchers at the Stanford recently have discovered a unique technique to capture a huge amount of uranium from the sea to produce the power.

The research study has revealed that uranium is present in the ocean in the form of uranyl ions. The key fact is the uranyl ions always remain charged positively. The amount of the uranyl ion in the sea water is 4.5 billion tons, enough to provide nuclear power to the current plants for a very long time.

Engadget reported that the amount of the uranyl ion in the seawater is huge, but still, it is very time-consuming to create nuclear power from it. Even it must be too expensive to produce a decent amount of energy. That means a viable process is necessary to make it less expensive and less time-consuming.

The research study unveils plastic fibers that are coated with amidoxime and can collect uranium from seawater. Actually, amidoxime is an organic chemical and by dipping the plastic fibers in the seawater uranium collection will be very easy. The aim of the process is to capture ions quickly so that sufficient nuclear power can be generated.

The Stanford team has prepared amidoxime fiber and hybrid carbon to get more effective results to produce nuclear power. The fiber with the help of electric pulses can absorb nine times more uranyl than before. The best part is even after the rapid use, the fiber is not saturated.

The team recently conducted a test at the Half Moon Bay and collected more than three times uranium than other researchers collected previously. Professor Steven Chu, famous physicist and the Nobel Prize winner, has opined that nuclear power is necessary to construct a future that must be free from the use of fossil-fuel. Truly, this discovery creates a new dimension in the arena of modern development.

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