Practical, Workable Fusion Power?

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Practical, Workable Fusion Power?

Postby Dracofrost » Tue Jun 26, 2007 5:33 pm


Article: http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=976
Paper: http://www.askmar.com/ConferenceNotes/2006-9%20IAC%20Paper.pdf
Video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 6673788606



This is not your father's fusion reactor! Forget everything you know about conventional ... all » thinking on nuclear fusion: high-temperature plasmas, steam turbines, neutron radiation and even nuclear waste are a thing of the past. Goodbye thermonuclear fusion; hello inertial electrostatic confinement fusion (IEC), an old idea that's been made new. While the international community debates the fate of the politically-turmoiled $12 billion ITER (an experimental thermonuclear reactor), simple IEC reactors are being built as high-school science fair projects.

Dr. Robert Bussard, former Asst. Director of the Atomic Energy Commission and founder of Energy Matter Conversion Corporation (EMC2), has spent 17 years perfecting IEC, a fusion process that converts hydrogen and boron directly into electricity producing helium as the only waste product. Most of this work was funded by the Department of Defense, the details of which have been under seal... until now.


I wanna build me a small one now. I think that'd be fun. I could even justify the "Danger: Radiation" sign on my door ^_^
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Postby TerraFrost » Tue Jun 26, 2007 7:17 pm

They were being funded by the US military, initially, but lost funding due to the expenses of the Iraq War. They're now accepting donations:

http://www.emc2fusion.org/

wikipedia has more info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polywell
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Postby Dracofrost » Fri Jun 29, 2007 2:39 am

I dunno about you, but I wish I had a bunch of money to donate. Or the sway to get someone very wealthy to donate to them.
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Postby OmegaFrost » Sun Jul 01, 2007 10:07 am

... should they call it luke-warm fusion?
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Postby Dracofrost » Tue Jul 03, 2007 3:43 am

Naw, just small scale, affordable, real fusion. SSAR? That probably is too close to SARS. Needs a better acronym...hmm... Eh, Polywell fusion sounds cooler than an acronym would anyway.
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