Cheap, practical fusion may be closer than you think.
Nuclear fusion is 30 years away, and always will be. That’s the refrain we’ve heard, again and again for decades.
But this is a story that few have noticed. Unlike computers, fusion has to get really great before it’s useful at all. Right now it’s pretty good, but not quite good enough. It’s getting close though.
There’s another reason the story’s been missed. We’ve spent billions on enormous, horribly complex fusion reactors that aren’t expected to be commercially available before 2050…and even then, it’s hard to see how they wouldn’t be too expensive.
But those are not the only game in town. The real overlooked story is this: a handful of small research projects, often running on a shoestring, ready to beat the big projects at their own game. Some of these little projects have attracted serious investment, from venture capitalists and Goldman Sachs.
And not a moment too soon, with CO2 levels already at 400ppm, and no significant emission cuts in sight. The clock’s running out. We need something dramatic.
If we may be permitted a football analogy: We’re five points behind, there’s half a minute left in the game, we’re a long way from the endzone, and we’re not going to get there in time by playing it safe. We need a long pass. We might not win, but it’s the one play that gives us a chance.
Or in gambling terms…it’s worth drawing to an inside straight when there’s enough money in the pot.
The fusion projects listed here give us a shot at power competitive with fossil fuels or (in some cases) far cheaper, with no pollution, perfect safety, and no nuclear waste. Sound too good to be true? Read on. Find out what these projects are, and how we can use better funding mechanisms to improve our odds.
The Latest on: Fusion Reactor
- DIII-D National Fusion Program Completes Year-Long Facility Upgrade on May 17, 2019 at 11:07 am
According to DIII-D Director David Hill, the new systems will enable unprecedented flexibility in developing solutions for future fusion reactors. “These upgrades will provide researchers with several ... […]
- Boron neutron capture therapy progresses towards clinical cancer treatments on May 17, 2019 at 3:11 am
“Our accelerator has a unique design, it is a component of their fusion reactor, downsized to create an accelerator that’s well suited for medical use,” says Bauer. He notes that the system can be ... […]
- Optimizing, Upgrading and Adapting Information Technology Applications in Fusion R&D on May 16, 2019 at 8:55 am
Unlike fission, where reactors are designed to split the atoms of the fuel, in a fusion device the nuclei are heated to extremely high temperatures and trapped by strong magnetic fields (or heated and ... […]
- Toyota Designs the Ultimate Off-Roader ... for a Mission on the Moon - Technologue on May 16, 2019 at 1:00 am
That one's Yutu-2 rover is currently prospecting on the back side of the moon in search of a helium-3 isotope that could potentially power fusion reactors and/or rockets required to reach Mars and ... […]
- Cold fusion reactor independently verified, has 10,000 times the energy density of gas on May 15, 2019 at 10:29 am
Against all probability, a device that purports to use cold fusion to generate vast amounts of power has been verified by a panel of independent scientists. The research paper, which hasn’t yet ... […]
- The Fusion Reactor Next Door on May 14, 2019 at 9:44 am
Entrepreneurs are taking up the search for a near limitless energy source and seeking investors willing to put money behind a long-shot bet against climate change. The top of Machine 3’s target ... […]
- Scientists just got closer to making nuclear fusion work on May 14, 2019 at 6:38 am
Scientists in China have built a fusion reactor that in November became the first in the world to reach 100 million degrees Celsius. That’s nearly seven times hotter than the sun’s core and the ... […]
- The Chancellor sees a bright future for fusion energy on May 14, 2019 at 1:45 am
efficient route to future fusion power stations and tackle the challenge of heat exhaust from future reactors. He also took the chance to see the cutting edge robotic work being undertaken at UKAEA’s ... […]
- Chinese “Artificial Sun” Reactor Could Unlock Limitless Clean Energy on May 13, 2019 at 11:30 am
A Chinese fusion reactor has hit an important milestone as the country pursues its ambitions to be a global clean energy leader. The Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) became the ... […]
- Mayo experiment helps physicists solve nuclear fusion instability on May 9, 2019 at 6:47 am
Physicists at Lehigh University have used a common household item to study the fundamental hydrodynamics inside one of the most promising types of fusion reactors. The experiments involving mayonnaise ... […]
via Google News and Bing News