Discussion in 'Energy' started by konradv, Jul 6, 2010.
Now THAT would be a paradigm shift!
DailyTech - Man Builds Homemade Nuclear Reactor in NY
Granny says dey gonna end up blowin' up the world...
Scientists Cite Advances in Controlled Fusion Research
February 13, 2014
Waltky, doin' his thang since Feb 2011.
Lawrence Livermore needs to hire that guy from Brooklyn.. He doesn't need those shiny expensive containment vessels and buildings full of lasers..
38th in the world to create fusion. Impressive. Nuclear fusion's inevitable. Convential fission reactors are horrible technology. Or rather, great technology up to the point something goes wrong. But when a coal plant explodes it only effects the immediate area, when fission reactors cook off it's bad news for that entire latitude. Fusion reactors can't cook off.
This inevitable shift is why we're eyeing the Moon again. Moon has vast supplies of helium-3 which is what'd be used for a fusion reactor. Whoever can mine that resource will be the Saudi Arabia of fusion fuel in the 21st and 22nd centuries.
New fission reactors CAN "cook off" and are designed for shut themselves down. You're talking about rotary dial telephone technology..
Theoretically it beats the hell out of the solar people who are at a dead end with a football size grid of solar panels to charge batteries that may or may not keep your lights on depending on the weather.
Solar is real, and working as we post. Fusion is still theoretical.
The future of solar energy is at best theoretical.
Uncle Ferd writin' a letter to Santa fer a nuclear energy kit fer Christmas...
Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy
April 17, 2014 Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.
Separate names with a comma.