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Clean, Abundant Energy: Fusion Dreams Never End

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CreditVictoria Roberts

A. There is a famous joke among scientists: The practical use of the fusion of hydrogen atoms to produce energy is only 20 or 30 years in the future — and always will be.

But it does seem progress is being made. The largest and most expensive research effort is the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. A multinational effort headquartered in France, ITER has a doughnut-shaped chamber called a tokamak that will eventually hold a plasma of hot ionized atoms constrained by very strong magnetic fields.

The next major step will be the arrival in 2019 of the first of the project’s huge magnets, now being fabricated in Japan. The magnets are needed to generate and contain the extreme temperatures necessary to fuse atomic nuclei and to produce energy without the harmful environmental effects of today’s technologies.

A smaller fusion experiment, called Sparc, is being designed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It will rely on smaller, stronger magnets, which in theory will reduce the amount of energy needed to produce short but powerful bursts of heat.

In order to shed this heat so that it does not destroy the device’s containment chamber, scientists are contemplating construction of a long “exhaust pipe” of strong secondary magnets, placed inside the main coils rather than outside. The modular design would permit the magnets to be removed in sections for maintenance and precise placement.

Some of the scientists involved have suggested that the Sparc design could bring success within 15 years, but others cautioned that this hope was still far too optimistic.

NY Times



34 Comments on "Clean, Abundant Energy: Fusion Dreams Never End"

  1. Chrome Mags on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 12:31 pm 

    Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds sing…

    I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…

  2. Go Speed Racer on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 3:09 pm 

    Uh oh, will the government shutdown
    stop the researchers from getting their
    welfare checks?
    They might have to cancel the car
    detailing services, for the Volvo.
    And cancel the groundskeepers to
    manicure the lawns and trim the ivy
    on their red brick home
    on University Avenue.

  3. Alice Friedemann on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 4:54 pm 

    I just posted an article about how far ITER was away from success here:
    http://energyskeptic.com/2019/fusion-iter-llnl/

    This is from Science magazine:
    Last week, an independent review committee delivered a report that was supposed to confirm that ITER, the troubled international fusion experiment under construction in Cadarache, France, finally has come up with a reliable construction schedule and cost estimate. But the report says only that the new date for first operations—2025, 5 years later than the previous official target—is the earliest possible date and could slip.

    And it underscores the challenge of ITER’s ballooning budget. To start running by 2025, ITER managers have asked for an extra €4.6 billion, which they are unlikely to receive. As a result, the report says, ITER’s ultimate goal—producing a “burning plasma” reaction of deuterium and tritium nuclei that sustains itself mostly with its own heat—will be delayed from 2032 until 2035 at the earliest.

  4. Anonymouse on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 5:11 pm 

    ” and to produce energy without the harmful environmental effects of today’s technologies.”

    Hear that everyone? Apparently, the jew York Times writers, and now, probably most people reading this down there, now think Fusion, (would) have no harmful environmental effects. LOL.*

    Remember, there are NO penalties whatsoever for printing patently false information in amerikan mass media. None.

    *Fact checking be dammed, but nuclear fusion, would in fact, produce radioactive wastes and other rather harmful environmental effects. A lot of them actually.

  5. Davy on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 5:23 pm 

    anon, did you learn how to write like that in creative writing class in 11th grade. lol. What a loon

  6. More Davy Projections and Poor Grammar on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 5:34 pm 

    did you learn how to write like that in creative writing class in 11th grade. lol. What a loon

  7. makati1 on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 5:51 pm 

    Anon, just another example of how dumbed down most Americans are. The pollution begins in the mines. The metal ores are smelted and then…a thousand pollution steps later…”pollution free” energy! Ignorance is bliss!

    If the NYTimes or WaPo printed that the earth was the center of the universe and everything revolves around it, many Americans would believe. After all, they built a Creation Museum in Kentucky to prove that man and dinosaurs lived together. Slip slidin’…

  8. makati1 on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 5:54 pm 

    Anon, I didn’t mean that. Most Americans are smarter than I am by a long shot.

  9. JuanP identity theft on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 5:55 pm 

    makati1 on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 5:54 pm

  10. makati1 on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 6:03 pm 

    Slip slidin

    “The floor under the East Asia neighborhood (consisting of China, Japan, South / North Korea, Taiwan, & Mongolia) is about to fall away. These nations (combined) equal slightly more than 20% of the global population and consume 27% of total global energy. From 2000 through 2016, this region (spearheaded by China) represented 48% of the global growth in total energy consumption. So, when I tell you these countries are economically entering long-term domestic declines (or perhaps outright collapses), the impacts will reverberate everywhere.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-12/economic-breakdown-starts-east-asia-due-collapsed-births-childbearing-populations

  11. Anonymouse on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 6:12 pm 

    mak, what are we going to do with dumbass Juan who keeps playing his personality games? I say we ask the owners to do a IP ban on the idiot.

  12. makati1 on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 6:36 pm 

    Anon, I would ban several here if I could. The insanity is getting out of hand. Their posts are obvious as they are nothing but childish putdowns and goatshit.

    Some people like to destroy anything they cannot own or control. Typical of the US in general.

  13. makati1 on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 6:40 pm 

    BTW: Davy would be the first to go as he started it with his arrogant delusions of American Exceptionalism and pretending to be some bastard of a 1%er. Nothing but an old school yard bully.

  14. Anonymouse on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 6:40 pm 

    That was NOT me mak, that was the exceptionalturd. Fake post.

    The more you know.

  15. Doc Rich on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 7:02 pm 

    “Apparently, the jew York Times writers”
    Anonymous,
    Why are you so hateful to people of the Jewish faith? When you make comments like that you demean yourself more than anything. Why don’t you join another website full of like minded people. Davy, at least you spoke up and I salute you.
    As far as the other people on this website apparently it is OK with you that Anon writes like this. How sad

  16. More Davy Sock Puppetry on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 7:05 pm 

    Doc Rich on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 7:02 pm

  17. More Davy Identity Theft on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 7:07 pm 

    makati1 on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 5:54 pm

    Anonymouse on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 6:12 pm

  18. More Davy Sock Puppetry on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 7:08 pm 

    JuanP identity theft on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 5:55 pm

  19. makati1 on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 7:28 pm 

    It appears that the immature morons on this site have nothing better to do on Saturday night then post fake bullshit. They have no life. Maybe they should end it all and save the resources they waste by being alive.

  20. I AM THE MOB on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 7:30 pm 

    Gundlach Warns U.S. Economy Is Floating on ‘an Ocean of Debt’

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/gundlach-warns-u-economy-floating-170352442.html

  21. I AM THE MOB on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 7:34 pm 

    Mak why don’t you clean that sand out of your clit..You sound like a nagging lil bitch.

  22. Anonymouse on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 7:40 pm 

    Speaking of fake posts, see Davytards gem @ 7:34 as his sock puppet, I AM THE DAVYTURD.

    Perfect example.

    You should go clean out your goat pen dumbass. You sound like a nagging little exceptuionalturd with no life, no friends, and no future.

  23. Davy on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 7:44 pm 

    Shutup billy. We don’t want you as a member of my country anymore, too.

    dumbass

  24. Davy on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 7:47 pm 

    Shutup stupid Canadian dumbass. We don’t want you as my neighbours any more.

  25. I AM THE MOB on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 9:26 pm 

    OMG! I can’t believe this is happening!!! #CASTRO2020

    https://i.redd.it/p23nxaq6a1a21.jpg

  26. I AM THE MOB on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 9:31 pm 

    Fun fact: Castro initially did try to run for office in the Cuban House of Reps as a member of the Orthodox Party (kinda like their version of the Dems). It was only after Batista did a coup and cancelled the elections that Castro decided to take up arms and form the 26th of July Movement. So basically what I’m saying is….if Trump ever pulls a coup, maybe AOC will go into the mountains and start her own movement.

  27. makati1 on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 10:52 pm 

    Davy/MOB joined at the ass Siamese twins. Both (?) trying to prove something but not coming across very well. Split personality?

    Both (?) frustrated because they cannot stop any of us from posting here. Now they want us to relocate. Did anyone (Davy/MOB) notice that I do not live in the US anymore? Obviously he/they are not smart enough for it to register.

    Keep paying your taxes Davy/MOB. I appreciate my SS income stream. It pays for a lot of preps and luxuries. LOL

  28. Cloggie on Sat, 12th Jan 2019 11:04 pm 

    “So basically what I’m saying is….if Trump ever pulls a coup, maybe AOC will go into the mountains and start her own movement.”

    That’s exactly what we want to see happening mobster: AOC moving to the mountains, that is the Rockies, that is that part of the US that will be given back to Mexico in order to restore 1820 borders, after “the Break”.

    #MakeMexicoGreatAgain!

    https://goo.gl/images/vBmmJa

    AOC is very good at starting movements:

    https://youtu.be/FI5yvdaMIPU

  29. Wolfie52 on Sun, 13th Jan 2019 7:26 pm 

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: same pots calling the same kettles black.

    Sheesss, get out of mom’s basement guys! For real…

  30. Wolfie52 on Sun, 13th Jan 2019 7:33 pm 

    And if you think someone else is posting the BS look in the mirror.

    I visit about every 3 mos here and I see the same names! Maybe just stop posing your banal comments that basically say the same thing every time! And then they get mad..”It appears that the immature morons on this site have nothing better to do on Saturday night then post fake bullshit. They have no life.”

    Really? They have nothing else to do> Those are not the names I see most frequently here. Get out of mom’s basement…oh well. #sad

  31. makati1 on Sun, 13th Jan 2019 8:24 pm 

    The basement dwellers are Davy/MOB. Cloggie is in techie dream land, but sees most everything else fairly clear. Theedrich and I agree on most things. As for Anon, I’m in agreement with most of his posts. There ARE a few immature trouble makers and they are obvious.

    Just who ARE you talking about Wolfie? Name names and stop being vague. Grow some balls. Maybe you can stop “dropping by” if you don’t like the comments?

  32. makati1 on Sun, 13th Jan 2019 8:31 pm 

    BTW Wolfie, at this time 11 out of 20 comments are Davy/MOB. What time of day do you stop by?

    I live in the Philippines and we are 13 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time. Cloggie lives in the Netherlands and is six hours ahead of EST. This is a world wide comment group, not a brainwashed American one.

  33. Free Speech Forum on Sun, 13th Jan 2019 10:24 pm 

    WTF?

    Obeying the law is difficult when everything is illegal.

    Americans are no better than beasts and slaves now that the US is a police state. Tyranny turns people into animals.

    The government tells Americans what to wear, what to eat, where to live, what to buy, what to do, and what to think.

    Law is not justice.

    The government destroy lives. What if a genius researching cancer cures was arrested for withdrawing less than $10,000 from his own bank account and then couldn’t get a job because he has an arrest record?

    Americans who love the Gestapo today seem like rape victims who defend their rapists.

    Do Americans feel like traitors when they support tyranny?

    Do Americans think tyranny only affects other people? Do Americans believe that freedom only benefits others?

    What country is this?

  34. I AM THE MOB on Sun, 13th Jan 2019 11:17 pm 

    Mueller draft report says Trump “helped Putin destabilize the United States,” Watergate journalist says

    https://www.newsweek.com/mueller-report-trump-helped-putin-destabilize-us-watergate-journalist-1289541?utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter&__twitter_impression=true

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