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Fusion power breakthrough?
« on: May 04, 2017, 02:12:13 pm »
I like the potential of this:

Nuclear fusion is the process that fuels our Sun, and if we can figure out a way to achieve the same thing here on Earth, it would allow us to tap into an unlimited supply of clean energy that produces next to no carbon emissions.

Unlike nuclear fission, which is achieved in today's nuclear reactors, nuclear fusion involves fusing atoms together, not splitting them apart, and it requires little more than salt and water, and primarily produces helium as a waste product.

The UK Just Switched on an Ambitious Fusion Reactor - And It Works

"The UK's newest fusion reactor, ST40, was switched on last week, and has already managed to achieve 'first plasma' - successfully generating a scorching blob of electrically-charged gas (or plasma) within its core.

The aim is for the tokamak reactor to heat plasma up to 100 million degrees Celsius (180 million degrees Fahrenheit) by 2018 - seven times hotter than the centre of the Sun. That's the 'fusion' threshold, at which hydrogen atoms can begin to fuse into helium, unleashing limitless, clean energy in the process.

"Today is an important day for fusion energy development in the UK, and the world," said David Kingham, CEO of Tokamak Energy, the company behind ST40.

"We are unveiling the first world-class controlled fusion device to have been designed, built and operated by a private venture. The ST40 is a machine that will show fusion temperatures - 100 million degrees - are possible in compact, cost-effective reactors. This will allow fusion power to be achieved in years, not decades."
- More at the link https://www.sciencealert.com/the-uk-has-just-switch-on-its-tokamak-nuclear-fusion-reactor

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Re: Fusion power breakthrough?
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2017, 03:35:53 pm »
Fusion is actually fueled by using Hydrogen... salt and water not so much... :sip:

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Re: Fusion power breakthrough?
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2017, 03:56:03 pm »
Fusion is actually fueled by using Hydrogen... salt and water not so much... :sip:

Yeah the wording is misleading. Essentially it's a lot easier to split the required Hydrogen from salt water than from fresh water. Sea water is the obvious source.
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Re: Fusion power breakthrough?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2017, 03:59:24 pm »
All great and dandy till someone (or a couple of million) looses an eye.... The power they playing with must be done with great respect, which unfortunately is in very limited, if at all, supply

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Re: Fusion power breakthrough?
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2017, 04:01:39 pm »
All great and dandy till someone (or a couple of million) looses an eye.... The power they playing with must be done with great respect, which unfortunately is in very limited, if at all, supply

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Re: Fusion power breakthrough?
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2017, 05:00:59 pm »
Lockheed said they had cracked it a year ago but Iv heard nothing since so Ill believe it when I see it

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Re: Fusion power breakthrough?
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2017, 08:39:12 am »
If it can be made to work it will be a world changer
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Re: Fusion power breakthrough?
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2017, 06:25:53 pm »
Fusion is like the anc  - lots of money grabbing promises, no functional results.