A Switch to Safer Power

WHILE NIGERIA IS HOLDING TIGHT UNTO OIL AND PETROLEUM, A YOUNG NIGERIAN HAS WORKED OUT AN ALTERNATIVE POWER SOURCE; NUCLEAR FUSOR.

Steven Udotong, a 16-year-old Junior High Nigerian-American recently became the first Black Student to Build a Nuclear Fusor. Steven hopes to help inspire a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly future for the world. A world less dependent on fossil fuel. On a quest to fulfil his dream he set up a GoFundMe page to seeking to raise $1500 for supplies. In just one month the project exceeded the $1500 mark. With this record-breaking invention Steven is gaining global attention.

What is Nuclear fusor and why is it important?

A nuclear fusor uses electricity to heat charged atoms to a point where nuclear fusion can occur. This happens when lighter nuclei are combined to become heavier nuclei, releasing a large amount of nuclear energy in the process.

Nuclear energy is an alternative energy source to fossil fuels — one that generally causes less harm to the environment. Waste from nuclear energy can be buried underground in safe containers, which is hardly so for fossil fuels. Fossil fuel emit harmful gases into the atmosphere when burned leaving the earth and its habitat harmed. Since 1976, nuclear energy has prevented the dissemination of more than 60 billion tons of greenhouse gases.

Due to the negative ring around nuclear energy as a dangerous weapon of war, there are limited research on nuclear energy, Steven Hope this work will inspire further innovations around nuclear reactors. Though setting up nuclear plants require a lot of financial backing, Steven thinks this should never been enough reason to harm the earth and the future of the coming generation. With more open research around the possibilities of nuclear energy there should significant cut in the cost of setting up and running nuclear plants.

Steven Udotong // Photo via: burlingtoncountytimes.com

Steven Udotong // Photo via: burlingtoncountytimes.com

Passionate and on a mission to save the environment Steven on his Gofundme wrote “The general public is not taking action. But I will.”, exceeding his initial funding quest, he has set up the nuclear fusor’s vacuum chamber, this allows for the installation of a pressure sensor and neutron detector.

With more research on Nuclear power and commercializing it there might be a safe, cleaner future. Steven is taking this bold step for himself and for the rest of his generation. Thank you Steve!