Navy patents compact nuclear fusion reactor

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    If this is true, it could change the entire field of energy generation for the entire world!

    This has been the goal of scientists since the Manhattan Project that created the first nuclear power plant.

    If scientists were able to harness fusion energy, all it would do is completely change the course of humanity. One kilogram of fusion fuel produces the same amount of energy as 10 million kilograms of fossil fuels, according to the Science Museum in London. It’s the perfect energy source; it doesn’t emit greenhouse gases or leave behind harmful byproducts such as nuclear waste—unlike nuclear fission. In fact, its sole byproduct is helium: an inert, extremely useful gas.

    Think of it, 1 kilogram of fusion fuel producing the same energy as 10 million kilograms of fossil fuels. With a byproduct of helium.

    The success of the device, developed by researcher Salvatore Cezar Pais of the Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Division, relies on a part called a dynamic fusor. According to the patent, Pais’ plasma chamber contains several pairs of these dynamic fusors, which rapidly spin and vibrate within the chamber in order to create a “concentrated magnetic energy flux” that can squish the gases together.

    One can only keep ones fingers crossed with the hope that this actually works.

    A whole lot more about this @ What Is Nuclear Fusion? | Nuclear Fusion Research | Navy Research
     
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    We don't need roads...

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    It is merely a proof of concept development. Fusion isn't the problem, the problem has always been that it took far more power going into it than gotten out of it. This has the promise of potentially beating that. But by their own admission, the principle only promises for now the potential of producing a limited amount of fusion in a very small space for a restricted period of time. By their own admission, a long way aways from being a practical, self-sustaining fusion reactor to power subs, cities and homes. But having followed tokamaks for decades, it is nice to see them getting closer.
     
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    Critical comment: "If it were true."

    I doubt it.
     
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    Indeed.

    So far, the only way we've ever managed to get more energy out of a fusion reactor than we put in to make it happen looks something like this…

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    Just think how fast Starbucks can knock out the morning buns with that baby!
     
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    Since when does the Navy do fusion research

    LOL
     
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    Fusion is indeed attractive however there are yet to be some very serious problems with physics along with some nasty little engineering and materials science problems to overcome.
    However there is a nuclear technology available in the near term that could see us through till the day fusion could be realized. Take a look at thorium fueled fission. It has already been successfully prototyped and the proof of concept done.
     
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    There is a theory that a fusion explosion would incinerate the world.
     
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