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Miracle of ‘fusion’ power grows nearer

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Some consider it to be the most complex scientific endeavour in human history — harnessing hydrogen fusion power on a massive scale for the benefit of mankind.

If successful, it would represent a revolutionary energy breakthrough, albeit a costly one — US$22.5 billion and counting.

The good news is, the reality of fusion-driven energy has moved one major step further.

A core machine of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), the world’s first fusion device, has entered the installation phase, according to the ITER Organization, CGTN.com reported.

Representatives of the China Nuclear Power Engineering (CNPE)-led consortium signed the Tokamak Assembly contract with Bernard Bigot, ITER Director-General, on September 30 in Beijing.

The contract covers the cryostat and cryostat thermal shield, magnet feeders, the central solenoid, poloidal field and correction coil magnets, and cooling structures and instrumentation, according to the ITER Organization, the report said.

The covered contents constitute the installation of most crucial parts of the ITER Tokamak, whose importance is equivalent to that of the reactor in the nuclear power plant, or the heart in the human body.

Now under construction in Cadarache in southern France, ITER is so far the world’s second largest science and engineering project in construction scale, behind the International Space Station, the report said.

It’s also the largest nuclear engineering contract ever bid on by Chinese companies in the European market, and the first time for Chinese nuclear power enterprises to successfully participate in international scientific projects in the form of general contracting, said Yu Jianfeng, chairman of the China National Nuclear Corporation, parent company of the CNPE.

“It means that China’s general contracting capacity for nuclear power construction forged over 30 years and its international influence of fusion technologies formed over 50 years have been recognized by the international high-end nuclear energy market,” noted Yu.

The multi-billion dollar, 35-nation effort including the United States, Russia, China, India, the European Union, Japan and South Korea and is now on pace after a number of cost overruns and delays.

According to ITER’s plan, the first operational test is scheduled for the year of 2025, while the full operation is slated for 2035.

Fusion is considered the Holy Grail of energy and is what powers our sun. It merges atomic nuclei to create massive amounts of energy — the opposite of the fission process used in atomic weapons and nuclear power plants, which splits them into fragments.

Unlike nuclear fission, fusion emits no greenhouse gases and carries less risk of accidents or the theft of atomic material.

The multi-billion dollar, 35-nation effort including the US, Russia, China, India, the European Union, Japan and South Korea and is now on pace after a number of cost overruns. Credit: physicsworld.com.

In a world faced with the dilemma of increasing demand for electricity and a worsening environment, the importance to develop clean energy has been raised to an unprecedented level. The action of shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy has become urgent.

Experts in the field say that a working reactor would only need 11 pounds of hydrogen to generate the energy equivalent of 18,750 tons of coal, 56,000 barrels of oil or 755 acres of solar panels — an amazing feat of science and technology, Forbes reported.

According to The Guardian, the project requires hydrogen plasma to be heated to 150 million C – 10 times hotter than at the sun’s core — a remarkable feat of engineering.

The doughnut-shaped Tokamak reactor is surrounded by giant magnets that take the superheated plasma away from the metal walls of the container. This requires the magnets to be cooled to -269C.

If all goes well, ITER will use hydrogen fusion, controlled by those large superconducting magnets, to produce massive heat energy which would drive turbines — in a similar way to the coal-fired and gas-fired power stations of today — that would produce electricity free from carbon emissions, and at a potentially low cost.



63 Comments on "Miracle of ‘fusion’ power grows nearer"

  1. makati1 on Sun, 13th Oct 2019 8:47 pm 

    A fairy tale for the gullible. LOL

  2. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sun, 13th Oct 2019 8:57 pm 

    Thanks supertards for work on this difficult problem

  3. JuanP on Sun, 13th Oct 2019 9:24 pm 

    supremacist muzzies jerk, quit being obtuse.

  4. Davy on Sun, 13th Oct 2019 10:50 pm 

    Oops, sorry JuanPee.

  5. Anonymouse on Sun, 13th Oct 2019 10:53 pm 

    Funny how the asia times writer thinks 22.5 billion is ‘expensive’. Compared to what? The Jewnighted states war-machines loses track of more than that every year. 100s of billions spent on illegal drugs, cigarettes, booze, you name it. Nearly 500 billion a year on fossil fuel subsides alone, never mind what we actually spend buying the subsidized FF’s in the first place.

    In my province, the government will spend nearly 22 billion on health care alone for ~ 7 million people.

    The fact is, in dollar terms, fusion spending is small potatoes. That is because no one is really very serious about fusion energy, so it gets paltry spending compared to things that matter most to us. Like….war, illegal drugs, guns, coal and oil, or going to the movies. Yes, we spend more money on going to the movies than we do on fusion research. ~ $40 billion a year give or take.

    When fusion spending overtakes what we spend at the movies or games, or cable TV, then you’ll know ‘we’ are getting semi-serious about the whole thing. Till then, the miracle might be a looooong time coming.

  6. makati1 on Sun, 13th Oct 2019 11:37 pm 

    The FF industry keeps the fusion possibilities under control. They have too much $$$$ to lose if it were possible. But, it is too little too late, even if it were possible and profitable. (Note the word “profitable”.) That one word controls almost everything in today’s world.

  7. Cloggie on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 1:23 am 

    I wouldn’t exclude the scenario: in the coming 50-100 years or so renewable energy. Next unlimited fusion power.

    Perhaps, perhaps not. It works in the stars. The entire universe is one giant fusion reactor.

  8. Chrome Mags on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 1:34 am 

    At 3:53 in the video, a man says, “The future energy issue will be on our shoulders.”

    That fits with what I’ve been saying for some time now; TPTB realize the only way to provide the energy needed as the world economy continues to grow, and not exterminate ourselves in the process, is fusion.

    The question is; is the tokamak the right design? Not just to generate a net energy return, but also to be financially practical. If it costs 22+ billion for one plant taking that long to complete, it doesn’t seem practical, but maybe there’s a different explanation?

    Also, isn’t it true about design, that once the correct design is developed it can be smaller? So if this is the correct design, why does it have to be so enormous?

    It’s also kind of strange that as world debt has been ballooning since the mortgage meltdown in a desperate, continuous CB efforts to keep the economy going, we’re still several years just from the first test of the ITER. Starting to seem more and more like a Hail Mary pass that is likely to be too little, too late.

  9. Antius on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 5:48 am 

    “According to ITER’s plan, the first operational test is scheduled for the year of 2025, while the full operation is slated for 2035.”

    Too late. Declining net energy is already reducing prosperity in western economies and has practically eliminated prosperity growth in developing countries.

    The next recession will require a loosening of monetary policy that will destabilise fiat currencies. The Chinese and Russians are well aware of this and have made the wise decision to buy up as much gold as they can. How much money will country’s be able to spare for a long-term speculative project like this in 5-10 years time?

    Even if it does eventually work, how competitive will a fusion reactor be, given a power density 1-2 orders of magnitude lower than a fission reactor? Now consider that most energy will be released as fast neutrons that will irradiate the reactor vessel walls and destroy them in just a few years.

    The economics of a fusion reactor are likely to disappoint.

  10. dave thompson on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 5:58 am 

    Fusion power like fission power will never replace what Liquid FF power has done for industrial civilization.

  11. Sissyfuss on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 8:35 am 

    Guess it was time for the obligatory” it’s only ten years from fruition” mantra. Next installment is only three months away.

  12. jedrider on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 10:24 am 

    It’s the church of Fusion: Either you’re a believer or you’re not.

  13. Sys1 on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 10:44 am 

    Fusion power, if possible, is so complex that it should be achieved by artificial intelligence only.
    The good new is that artificial intelligence is now very cheap and very powerfull. The bad new is that mankind is already doomed by global warming so even if we figure out how to achieve the Saint Graal of energy science, we won’t be able to do better than to send blueprints in outer space for foreign civilisation.
    Hey! Perhabs some already sent us blueprints millions of years ago…

  14. supremacist muzzies jerk on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 11:35 am 

    Cloggie on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 1:23 am
    supertard, i’m glad you’re onboard with the fusion power thingie.

    supertard juanp, i’m sorry i’m just expressing my thanks to supertards for working on this difficult fusion nukular problem. i’m sorry supertard if i make you irritable, not my intention.

  15. More Davy Insanity on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 11:39 am 

    supremacist muzzies jerk on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 11:35 am

  16. supremacist muzzies jerk on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 12:36 pm 

    dear supertards, esp. supertard cloggie
    this is my treatise on fusion nukular powa

    i view this as an engineering problem and since we believe in causality it’s only a mater of time we engineer ourselves into energy that’s too cheap to meter. just kidding, i’m not disparaging fusion powa, i thanks supertards for working on this difficult problem.

    the reason i’m optimistic because chemial reacations has always existed in nature but the controlled “burn” of the ICE has only recently been developed.

    similarly nukular fusion happens in nature, and I’m not saying in the sun, but here on earth. it’s only a matter of time before sueprtards make it steady state and controlled.

    this is my treatise on fusion nukular powa. i don’t do manifesto sry, that’s commie and muzzies sounding.

  17. Antius on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 1:29 pm 

    Fusion is already achievable at the centre of a fissile core. Within those limitations, fusion is already achievable and could be made to yield useful energy.

    The way to achieve this is to use fusion to yield superfast neutrons, which are then used to fission thorium and heavy uranium. This allows compact sub-critical reactors to be built without the need for long breeding cycles. The downside is that we then have to deal with all the negative effects of fission, namely highly radioactive fission products. The plus side is that a fission-fusion hybrid reactor based energy economy could be built relatively quickly and cheaply.

  18. Sissyfuss on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 1:35 pm 

    Then why aren’t they doing that Antius? Bad pub from Fukushima, et,al?

  19. supremacist muzzies jerk on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 2:52 pm 

    Sissyfuss on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 1:35 pm
    because i’m a humble tard i’ll tell you we’re bunch of supertards and tards who are good at blowing hot air.

    supertards can get overconfident and it go kaboom, and this means more approvals, more insurance, moar opositions, moar phear

    supertards don’t have funding and research takes money and existing manufactures don’t want them because they want true and tried nukular designs

    pyou can add your theory about how the oil tards are delaying this.

  20. supremacist muzzies jerk on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 3:22 pm 

    this is picture of supertard when he commanded squadron to drop bombs on muzzies
    https://peakoil.com/wp-content/plugins/random-image/wildman.jpg

    here he was studying for his finance degree.

  21. supremacist muzzies jerk on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 3:32 pm 

    plus breeding nukular fuel makes it a proliferation issue and a political issue. this means libs and cons won’t touch for fear of losing votes. only supertard president paul would touch the issue. he won’t iowa but was prevented from tipping over NH by the mitten because the media suppressed iowa victory. the muzzie loving force was too great. we ordered manufacturing of muzzies anti rape machines, muzzie amputation machines, muzzies hamster machiens and had to cancel, costing us a lot of shekles because supertard president paul didn’t win ultimately.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Results_of_the_2012_Republican_Party_presidential_primaries#Early_states

    Ron Paul (supertarded) 26,036 21.43% 0 21 21

  22. Antius on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 4:28 pm 

    No one has built a hybrid reactor yet because uranium is not yet in short supply. The Chinese have made some investigations. Basically, it is a breeder reactor with a much shorter doubling time than a traditional sodium cooled plutonium breeding reactor. If we needed to build up nuclear power supply quickly, then this might be the way to go.

    https://www.mragheb.com/Fissile and Fusile Breeding in the Thorium Fusion Fission Hybrid.pdf

  23. supremacist muzzies jerk on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 4:53 pm 

    dear supertard sis, the reactor by uncle bill is a breeder reactor which is very safe and runs without loading for a decade or so. there’re a lot of ideas but no portable breeder reactor for your prepper compound yet. supertards are working feverishly on it.

  24. makati1 on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 5:50 pm 

    Guys, the idea is a techie wet dream, nothing more. We are on the slide down to the Great Leveling, not on the way to sustaining BAU. We waste our remaining resources on weapons and war, not sustainability. We deserve what is coming because of our stupidity and greed as a species.

    Does anything in nature keep eating/accumulating once it is full or has enough to live? NO! Only humans. Greed is killing the world and that waste is being led by the greediest country in the world, Amerika.

  25. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 6:58 pm 

    It’s 10 yeas away, and always will be—-

  26. supremacist muzzies jerk on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 8:07 pm 

    when you say you’re a muzzie or you’re a muzzie lover, you need to state the benefits to me a “revert” to a supremacist muzzie jerk. if you say david haines didn’t love muzzies enough, loving muzzies more than his young children is not enough, i’m not sure what all of us non muzzies can do. it seems very random.

    when you say but you’re just a run the mill muzzie or a muzzie lover, or a supertard muzzie lover and you deserve love. sure there’s enough love for you but you need to go through with the muzzies anti rape machine, muzzie amputation machine, and muzzie hamster machine. I’m not trying to out do vlad the impaler for the notoriety, i’m doing it because what he did was not enough.

    when it comes to muzzies there’s no love. there’s no fun and games in anything serious. that’s not my words and you need to look it up.

    i have no fun for muzzies either considering the 300 million victims of muzies and the daily cases of asia bibi around the world. you can bargain all you want becuase you’re a run the mill muzzie, a muzzie love, or a supertard muzzie lover. that you have no part in it.

    i will tell you that the serious muzzies who relentlessly push for sharia have only one thing and that’s maximum extremism. you eitehr submit or you die or pay the jizya.

    just yesterday supertard big muzzie beard posted video of a muzzie imam saying amputation is mandatory “in muzzieland” only. what he didn’t say is he wants global sharia so everywhere will have amputaiton.

    with people like that and as an informed tard, i play to win absolutely in the theater of idealogy.

    i’m serious but i have fun also goatsitting for suprtard and touch his learjet.

    so trust me on this. allah will provide and you need to go back or go live in those muzzies majority coutnries.

  27. supremacist muzzies jerk on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 8:18 pm 

    and now supertard big muzzie beard said forbes advertise muzzie paki for single female traveller.

    the supertard then named the case of australian woman who was raped and beaten endlessly.

    let’s not louisa jespersen and maren ueland.
    there are a lot of tards out there and i’ll be here to inform

  28. makati1 on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 9:00 pm 

    This one is for Cloggie: “The Ultimate Heresy: Technology Can’t Fix What’s Broken”

    http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/

    “The ultimate heresy in today’s world isn’t religious or political: it’s refusing to believe that technology can not only solve all our problems, it will do so painlessly and without any sacrifice….Even worse, if that’s possible, is declaring that technology is making our lives worse rather than better.”

    “Technology cannot change the priorities and incentives of those who own it….Technology cannot repeal the laws of thermodynamics….Even if robots perform all the work, robots are themselves resource- and energy-intensive….To become more capable, machines become more complex and therefore more expensive to manufacture, test, maintain and repair.”

    He goes on to show examples of his assertion, proving that tech is not going to be the answer, ever.

  29. supremacist muzzies jerk on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 9:28 pm 

    and now the issue of muzzie isis comes up again because turkey released them. i have the money $1 for each muzzie amputated and i can be profitable generating REAL GREEN electricity that Greta would love to charge her vehicle and drive on.
    I’ll raise enough money, i don’t know what to do with it.
    the muzzies first go to muzzie anti rape machine, then muzzie amputation machine, then muzzie hamster machine. very simple plan, very easy to implement

  30. supremacist muzzies jerk on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 9:50 pm 

    makati1 on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 9:00 pm
    supertard how can you say that? in the old days we have to have walls to keep muzzies out and they dig under it and set charges to blow up walls. then they practice seize (seige) warfare. technology is what we have close to the perpectual moiton machine.

    allow me to explain: supertard cloggie wind mills get energy out of thin air. in general i don’t talk about wind all that much because it sounds like the wind is coming from supertard cloggie’s rear end. but in truth, he’s right saying his death blades generate a lot of energy that Greta would be proud to charge and drive her REAL GREEN car in. add with muzzie hamster machine as base load and voiala we all can be french together in kumbaya.

    the other issue is we have satelllites sitting up in the orbit going around and around endlessly. that’s very close to perpetual motion supertard. yeah conservation of mo,mentium is still the law but that’s negligible.

  31. supreamcist muzzies jerk on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 9:56 pm 

    https://peakoil.com/wp-content/plugins/random-image/Torjus.jpg
    thsi is supertard after he commanded squadron to bomb muzzies to pieces …as he would say it, “raining 72 virgins on them”.
    the pic is when he’s on a hyahuaska trip to s america and before his colleg work on finance

  32. supremacist muzzies jerk on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 10:00 pm 

    https://thereligionofpeace.com/images/attack-220.jpg?ogc1
    this beautiful muzzie lady is an eligible bachelorette.
    muzzies lovers are all over her. due to business reasons i have to skip entering the contest for her heart.

    thanks to sueprtard glenn roberts

  33. Davy on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 6:01 am 

    “This Did Not Go Well” – PG&E’s Rolling Blackout Sparked Chaos In Bay Area”
    https://tinyurl.com/yyf774kf zero hedge

    “Last Wednesday, PG&E triggered rolling blackouts for nearly 735,000 homes and or businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area amid the threat of strong winds and dry conditions that would’ve damaged transmission wires and sparked dangerous wildfires, similar to what was seen last year. Most of the residents were restored by Friday afternoon, but 99.5% of its customers saw full power by Saturday. The shutdown caused widespread confusion about the planned power outage, and according to some experts, billions of dollars in economic losses were sustained by local businesses during the two-day blackout. Johnson said crews inspected 25,000 miles of line across the state after the windstorm passed. PG&E confirmed that at least 50 poles and power lines were damaged during the storm, which could have triggered wildfires considering the dry conditions. “Had that line not be de-energized,” he said, it could have led to a “catastrophic outcome.” Bay Area customers are furious with PG&E for its rolling blackout that plunged hundreds of thousands into darkness, along with crashed communication networks that left many ill-informed.”

    I have made the point in the past in regards to decline that the grid is likely to go unstable with brownouts instead of full grid down situations. This points to the need by those who are able to install a minimum of solar with battery storage to provide lighting and to maintain refrigeration. These systems could also be switched to put power back on the grid once the batteries are charged. Today there is roof top solar all over California but no batteries and inverters connected to them. This means when the grid goes down so does the solar power

  34. Cloggie on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 9:08 am 

    LOL – Kurds take back Ras al-Ain from Turks:

    https://m.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/kurdenmilizen-erobern-laut-aktivisten-grenzstadt-ras-al-ayn-zurueck-a-1291625.html

  35. JuanP on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 9:18 am 

    It’s almost here, guys! (My apologies to the woke offended by my use of the sexist word guys, which excludes women.) I’ll start again!
    It’s almost here, guys and bitches! I swear! I have been following this matter closely for over 30 years, and I can guarantee that nuclear fusion is 10 years away. It has been so for at least three decades!

  36. JuanP on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 9:20 am 

    On second thought, let’s make that “guys, bitches, those in between, and all others”!

  37. supremacist muzzies jerk on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 12:45 pm 

    it’s very simple, the more libs continue to coup against trump the more he cuts down the empire as retaliation. without the global base, dems can’t derive their power from. with only the american continent to contest for power they will run into the wall of armed populace.
    one likely outcome is a new america era of renewable REAL GREEN electricity powered by muzzies hamster machine.
    A muzzie hamster machine is passive and the two walls exerts a 25lb each on the muzie. the walls can be pushed apart and kept apart if the amputated muzzie jog on a threadmill to generate electricity. once pushed apart it can be held apart with a very small current. the rest of the current is bled off to power REAL GOAT GREEN economy, green economy that Greta would be proud to charge her electric vehicles.

  38. supreamacist muzzies jerk on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 12:53 pm 

    Davy on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 6:01 am
    supertard, i’m proud of accomplishment of my project. i said i don’t want my supertards to go cambridge five or god forbid – supertard snowden and his limited hangout joint in moscow.
    Dear MOSCOW GOAT, you used to be concerned yourself with pertinent matters of permacultism, raising goats and maintaining yoru learjet. nowadyas you devoted 99% into defendign supertard america. i am a humble tard and i thank for your tireless work. i’m proud. my next project is to clease you of muzzie lovin’. this is a lot tougher

  39. Cloggie on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 12:58 pm 

    Russia won’t allow an all out war between Turkey and Syria:

    https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/syrien-russen-sollen-zwischen-tuerkischen-und-assads-truppen-patrouillieren-a-1291717.html

    Russians are patrolling between Turkish and Syrian troops.

    https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/syrien-russen-sollen-zwischen-tuerkischen-und-assads-truppen-patrouillieren-a-1291717.html

    “RUSSIA the peacekeepers: Putin’s troops ‘will not allow’ Syria and Turkey to enter direct conflict, says Moscow, as their forces position themselves between the two factions following US withdrawal”

    Saw pictures this morning of US and Assad-Syrian tanks passing each other without taking notice.

  40. Cloggie on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 1:00 pm 

    Russia no doubt has the backing of China and Iran. Thanks to US actions in 2003 and 2011 and Turkish actions in 2019, Iran now has two client states: Iraq and Syria.

    The third is underway:

    KSA

  41. Duncan Idaho on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 1:06 pm 

    Love Me I’m A Liberal
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nFvhhCulaw

  42. supremacist muzzies jerk on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 1:38 pm 

    JuanP on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 9:18 am
    supertard juanp how could you say that after i’d published my treatise on fusion nukular
    there’s no excuse for making such statement

  43. supremacist muzzies jerk on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 1:49 pm 

    Jerkoff

  44. supremacist muzzies jerk on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 2:34 pm 

    Jerkoff

    supertard REAL BIG GOAT (pbuh) obv.

  45. supremacist muzzies jerk on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 2:53 pm 

    (pbuh) jerkoff

  46. Davy on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 3:07 pm 

    Oops, sorry y’all.

    I can’t help myself.

  47. supremacist muzzies jerk on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 4:41 pm 

    I can’t help myself. Oops, sorry y’all.

  48. supremacist muzzies jerk on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 5:04 pm 

    I can’t help myself. Oops, sorry y’all.

    supertard REAL GREEN GOAT (pbuh) obv.

  49. supremacist muzzies jerk on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 5:07 pm 

    why so hateful supretard REAL GREEN GOAT?

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