That's pretty cool, remember reading about it when they'd finished construction. Pretty sure we've already achieved fusion in a tokamak, but no way of transferring that to the grid? I know they've been firing the tokamak in Oxford for over 20 years in short burst. The pressures the lasers create on the pellet are truly incredible, and that they're learning about plasma manipulation is an amazing bonus as well. Can't wait to see the first full reaction if it goes ahead this year. Really need to read more up on it.
Originally by: Drab Cane
I'm still waiting for someone from the wind and sunshine crowd to point out that hydrogen is not a renewable energy source. (And what happens to the waste helium?)
No, but it's ridiculously abundant providing cheap
energy, not renewable. Fusion's never been about renewable, it's about cheap abundant clean energy. Why worry about renewable when the fuel is the most common element in the universe?
Helium is used in the manufacture of rocket fuels, super conductors and airships. So if it can be harvested it can be used.
Originally by: Wuff Wuff
While Nuclear is defiantly not a long term solution, I feel it is one of the best stop gaps we've got until fusion or some other technology comes to fruition. To see our plants going out without adequate plans for new ones grates on me. And if technologies like this
stand up, along with better understanding of construction and maintenance techniques, it seems highly viable.
But then again, mention nuclear and most people proceed to hysterically **** themselves because nuclear power is evil.
Originally by: Glarion Garnier
The problem with centralized energy production is that it allways gives the big guys a means of control over the the little guys. So in effect they can tax our energy (with energy in this instance I mean our time and or work effort / money)
Strap a turbine
to your house, and some solar panels. Then proceed to give them the finger? Or if you're that bothered about having to pay for energy, go and live in the woods?
Originally by: Hegbard
Fusion power has been 30 years away any time someone asked since the 60s. It's still 30 years away and will still be 30 years away in 30 years. It's Zeno's Paradox.
In the 60s people thought we'd be living on the moon with flying cars and silver clothes.
Money. Fusion research has gotten bugger all because it didn't need it in the eyes of those doling out said money. Now more will be plowed into research, and we should start seeing more progress. This article is proof of that, and the money being put into various other projects and reactors.
Just because it's taken time doesn't mean we should give up on it. What about space flight? Thats taking forever and a day to progress but it doesn't mean we should ignore it.