Nuclear Fusion closer to becoming a reality?

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jim wrote:They keep saying they are close, and it seems promising, but I'll kind of believe it when I see it. The process seems like it should be simpler than it is.
Yeah, and even if they make it work, I'm skeptical that it will be practical. Even with cheap and plentiful fuel, if it costs $100 billion or whatever to build a reactor, what's the point?
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$100 billion is all it would cost?
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[expletive] your fission, WE BUILDIN A [expletive] STAR UP IN THIS PIECE

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014 ... chadourian
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trill wrote:[expletive] your fission, WE BUILDIN A [expletive] STAR UP IN THIS PIECE

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014 ... chadourian
i was way interested in reading that article until i saw that it was 15 pages long. damn you The New Yorker!!!!
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2027 until ITER would start fusing. While they might get more energy out of existing tokamaks then they put in, we're a long way from making it cost-effective. ITER will produce 500 megawatts of power for about 15 minutes, where as a medium-large coal plant will produce the same amount, sustained.

http://news.sciencemag.org/physics/2013 ... sion-power

We're still probably around a century away from fusion becoming a double digit percentage of U.S. power. We really need a stopgap in solar, wind, geothermal, etc and energy efficient devices in the meantime.
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bottom line though is this something that is a legit reality?
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go birds wrote:
trill wrote:[expletive] your fission, WE BUILDIN A [expletive] STAR UP IN THIS PIECE

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014 ... chadourian
i was way interested in reading that article until i saw that it was 15 pages long. damn you The New Yorker!!!!
Here's a one page summary: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014 ... ntPage=all
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... scientists

Found this link from last year. Team of scientists *claim* they are 15 years away from having a commercially viable fusion reactor.

Other scientists sound doubtful.
The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a major new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years.

The project, a collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private company, will take a radically different approach to other efforts to transform fusion from an expensive science experiment into a viable commercial energy source. The team intend to use a new class of high-temperature superconductors they predict will allow them to create the world’s first fusion reactor that produces more energy than needs to be put in to get the fusion reaction going.

Bob Mumgaard, CEO of the private company Commonwealth Fusion Systems, which has attracted $50 million in support of this effort from the Italian energy company Eni, said: “The aspiration is to have a working power plant in time to combat climate change. We think we have the science, speed and scale to put carbon-free fusion power on the grid in 15 years.”
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