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Nuclear fusion in the sun

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The sun obtains its energy from the fusion of hydrogen nuclei to helium nuclei. The helium nuclei actually fuse with even higher elements.

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2018-07-27
The radiant energy of the sun is the source of energy for life on earth and the earth's climate. It comes from nuclear fusion processes in the interior of the sun. What processes are these, what energies are released? Can we build a “solar motor" in a power plant?

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The reaction equations and facts about the released energies described here can be combined well with interesting calculation tasks.
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Physics; Technology
Grade 10 to 13
Middle/high school
Energy; Hydrogen; Nuclear fusion; Nuclear power plant; Power generation; Renewable energy; Solar energy
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