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MIT Researchers Say Their Fusion Reactor Is “Very Likely to Work”

Alternative Energy

A team of researchers at MIT and other institutions say their “SPARC” compact fusion reactor should actually work — at least in theory, as they argue in a series of recently released research papers.

In a total of seven papers penned by 47 researchers from 12 institutions, the team argues that no unexpected impediments or surprises have shown up during the planning stages.

In other words, the research “confirms that the design we’re working on is very likely to work,” Martin Greenwald, deputy director of MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center and project lead, told The New York Times.

Fusion power remains elusive, but the tech promises to one day become a safe and clean way of producing energy by fusing atomic nuclei together like the Sun. Despite almost a century of research, though, nobody has managed to pull it off yet.

SPARC, one of the largest privately funded project of its kind in the field, would be a first of its kind: a “burning plasma” reactor that fuses hydrogen isotopes to form helium, with no other input of energy needed.

Thanks to progress in the field of superconducting magnets, the team hopes to achieve the same performance as far larger reactors, such as the gigantic ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) reactor, which started assembly in July.

The magnets are used to contain the extremely hot and high pressure reactions going on inside the reactor, one of fusion’s greatest challenges.

According to the team’s calculations, SPARC should be able to produce twice as much fusion energy compared to the amount needed to generate the reaction. That would be a massive jump, since no researchers have managed to break even yet.

In fact, in the papers, the researchers note it could be theoretically possible to generate ten times the amount — though there’s plenty of work ahead before they could say that for sure.

The MIT team is hoping to construct its compact reactor over the next three to four years, with the eventual goal of generating electricity starting in 2035, the Times reports.

“What we’re trying to do is put the project on the firmest possible physics basis, so that we’re confident about how it’s going to perform, and then to provide guidance and answer questions for the engineering design as it proceeds,” Greenwald said in an official statement.

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15 Comments on "MIT Researchers Say Their Fusion Reactor Is “Very Likely to Work”"

  1. Go Speed Racer on Wed, 30th Sep 2020 3:25 pm 

    By the year 2035 ?? LOL that’s 15 years of
    easy “government grant” paychecks.

    I can generate power by 2024, using mattresses
    and old tires in a boiler with a smokestack
    about 20 feet high (will need an old piece
    of iron pipe)

    Just fund me with government paychecks and it will be ready in 2024.

  2. Cloggie on Wed, 30th Sep 2020 3:40 pm 

    Give me 2 billion and I get it done in 2030, on the Bahamas, honest!

  3. thank you supertards for working hard on this difficult problem on Wed, 30th Sep 2020 4:17 pm 

    i’m an early supporter of our supertards and have always been

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    the muzzie amputation machien behind the gate labeled “victimhood” will be the busiest

  4. why does supertard bochen777 suppress followers of (((supremetard))) its one thing to harvest muzz because they go inner struggle on Wed, 30th Sep 2020 5:25 pm 

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    nothing

    why did supertard JuanP killed followers of (((supremetard)))

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  7. zero juan on Wed, 30th Sep 2020 5:59 pm 

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  8. Davy on Wed, 30th Sep 2020 9:20 pm 

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  9. why they reject invisible (((supremetard))) (((sky daddy))) but go all in for invisible convict-19 on Wed, 30th Sep 2020 9:23 pm 

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  10. we dont know muhammad the pedifiler exist either on Wed, 30th Sep 2020 9:54 pm 

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    so we have invisible allah

    invisible muhammad pedifiler

    invisible (((supremetard)))

    invisible convict-19

  11. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 30th Sep 2020 9:56 pm 

    I love Covid because it KILLS stupid fat white Americans. More would be better & their inbred children too.

    I move to strike white Americans off the list of civilized white people since they are not.

    For the rest of us our collective IQ will instantly jump 10 points by re classifying white Americans as the primitive sub species they are.

    I’m so sick & tried of you incestuous mongrels dragging us civilized whites down.

    Eat your guns, shoot up fentanyl, drive off a fucking cliff (with baby on board). Rid the world & the Caucasian gene pool of your obese, uncouth, semi literate selves.

    Fucking losers.

  12. whitey supertard Dean Iacobucci decided not to make an offer to Ms. Azarova, which has led to considerable controversy on Wed, 30th Sep 2020 10:00 pm 

    we have to hire muzz or else

  13. Davy on Thu, 1st Oct 2020 1:22 am 

    “I love Covid because it KILLS stupid fat white Americans. Eat your guns, shoot up fentanyl, drive off a fucking cliff (with baby on board). Rid the world & the Caucasian gene pool of your obese, uncouth, semi literate selves.
    Fucking losers.”

    So true apeman. So true.

    Go Trump!

  14. Theedrich on Thu, 1st Oct 2020 1:27 am 

    Another fusion reactor fantasy? Give us more money, suckers! It’ll only be another half-century before we finally give up on thermonuclear energy.  By then the U.S. will be dead, and nothing will matter anyway.

  15. peakyeast on Fri, 2nd Oct 2020 3:43 am 

    We already have the perfect fusion reactor – we just need to design good collectors and distribution of the energy.

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