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The First ‘Commercially Viable’ Fusion Power Plant in the Making

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Clean Energy is the need of the hour and UK is taking charge to build the first commercially viable fusion power plant for unlimited clean, safe, and carbon-free energy.

Fremont, CA: Fusion researchers have always faced criticism due to the unfulfilled promise of nuclear fusion reactor from the critics. However, in recent years, the fusion community has seen a few positive results. The ITER fusion reactor, which is near completion at Cadarache, France will finally turn on in 2025 following years of delays and cost hikes. Initially, it will use deuterium plasma to test all the systems and plasma performance. By 2035, the reactor will evolve and use a deuterium-tritium fuel mix to exhibit fusion on a commercial scale. Despite a promising success and the given timescales, an actual power plant is unlikely to be built before 2040 at the earliest.

With the fusion reactor race gaining momentum, the UK Government has announced £220m for the design of the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) fusion power station. The project is based on a “spherical” tokamak technology that is currently being pioneered at the UK’s Culhum Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) owned by UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). With an investment of £220m to design a commercially viable fusion power plant, the UK has entered the race. The spherical tokamak design, pioneered by the UK and the US, would allow for much more compact and cheaper power plants. However, ample research is required to be performed on the upgraded Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak in the UK and the National Spherical Torus Experiment in the US.

The fusion power plant is expected to complete by 2024, and the effort will involve the creation of around 300 jobs. The UK Secretary of State for business, energy and industrial strategy says, “With this ambitious investment in the energy technology of the future, we want to be the first commercially viable machine for unlimited clean, safe, and carbon-free energy source in the UK.”

The funds are expected to be used for the final integrated design research, which includes prototyping components, carrying out materials research and robotics development, as well as computer modeling. Along with this, there are a whole series of technical areas that need to be researched and brought together to make the actual power plant more viable. Further, the cash will also assist in market analysis, site selection, and construction of test facilities.

The Fusion community has high expectations from the ITER. If, or when ITER is successful in making an actual fusion power plant, China is expected to design and build a scaled-up version of ITER and make it cost-effective through volume. China has energy demand, resources, technical know-how, and the funds to make the project possible. However, this strategy is unfeasible in other energy markets, including the UK. Consequently, a more compact and cheaper design via the spherical tokamak looks promising.

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46 Comments on "The First ‘Commercially Viable’ Fusion Power Plant in the Making"

  1. Cloggie on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 5:06 pm 

    So why would this work for only GBP 220m in a couple of years time? Not a hint towards a technological breakthrough.

    “spherical tokamak looks promising”

    Good luck with that.

  2. makati1 on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 5:47 pm 

    “If, or when ITER is successful in making an actual fusion power plant,…”

    Notice that huge word “IF” at the beginning. Always 10 years away.

    This article is nothing more than bullshit and propaganda.

  3. Duncan Idaho on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 6:48 pm 

    Fusion is a constant—

    Always 10 years away– In 1950, or 2019.

  4. supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 8:16 pm 

    thank you supetards for working on this difficult problems to save humanity, but not muzzies. i alone provided philosophical justification that fusion nukular should work – and it’s only an engineering problema (note i use correct espanol).

    https://jihadintel.meforum.org/

  5. supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 8:17 pm 

    i don’t spend time on this lame forum.
    thank you supertard for validating the success of my project, please tend to your goats and go back to permacultism. supertard america needs no defense.

  6. Anonymouse on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 8:31 pm 

    Oh, look, its the eternal mantra of the fusion fan-boys, never fails.

    ” unlimited clean, safe, and carbon-free energy.”

    Too bad fusion will be NONE of the those things. Not even one. But, doesn’t stop anyone from repeating it over and over. Notice one rather important characteristic missing from that header?

    Cost.

    I too cheap meter was quietly dropped from the mantra. No one seems to want to even hazard a guess as to what a ‘commercially viable’ fusion power station would cost end-users. The UK can barely afford to fund its share of fusion research properly. The brits will never see a ‘commercial’ fusion power station, or any fusion stations period, on their soil.

  7. claes on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 8:48 pm 

    fusion should work, it’s only an engineering problem. hydrocarbons used to seep up the surface and burn before engineers learned to control it, the ICE came shortly afterward. Fusion happens in nature outside of the sun, it’s only a matter of time engineers can make it a controlled burn, with steady state run.

  8. supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 8:50 pm 

    muzzies in turkey say
    Turkey: Billboards quote Qur’an, “Do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies”
    supertard big muzie beard reported.

    in america and the west billboards are springing up

    “feed all muzzies into anti rape machines, muzzies amputation machines, and muzzie hamster machine”

  9. claes on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 8:56 pm 

    The only problem with fusion is that humanity might get hybris and actually destroy the earth and them self for good – but who cares , as long as you can have a newly baked sondaymorning bread from the baker. Fusion is good.

  10. claes on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 9:10 pm 

    well , honestly I think fusion is a really good idea, because that would make it possible to be at least 50 billion people on earth , and then we could make huge zoological gardens for all the animals.
    Some foreward thinking people even believe that we could produce nano insects instead of of all the biting, itching annoyuing creatures that makes barbeques a nigthmare. I say we should go for FUSION.
    What could/should stop us?

  11. claes on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 9:13 pm 

    fusion is ok but not enough to pay jizya for muzzies to the tune of 4 billion euros per month. i love muzzies so much i’m saying it’s not enough. ww3 is over and the victors pay jizya, and isn’t it a grand thing?
    don’t put global muzzies on trial for 1400 years of genocide, let the love grow. the love we make is the love we take, ya know what i’m sayin’?

  12. supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 9:22 pm 

    10,000 non muzzie girls raped by muzzies in the UK and watching muzzie “baroness” warsi, it’s all about muh feels. feel everything, AOC and meghan marke and even princess kate in bag, letterbox and bank robber.
    https://hijabislam.blogspot.com/2012/09/kate-middleton-in-hijab.html

    after brexit uk will deploy muzzie anti rape machine invented by supertard roosevelt, he hated polygamy and he invented muzzie amputation machine.

    the muzzie anti rape machine is like a pod with little room to stand in, there’s a hole to piss out of, if the muzzie rape device comes out far enough it deflects the lever and urine flows outside the pod, if not, urine flows into the pod, creating a permanent feet wet condition because the bottom of the pod is sealed and the muzzie has to be in it for 24 hour a day for an entire week.
    if the rape organ sticks out to deflect urine, then randomly sharp blades come out to do work.

    ‘lo non bagged women are for you to rape allah grant you that’

  13. claes on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 9:27 pm 

    Nah , maybe jixya and muzzuie should get more .I don’t know. I’ll let it up to a grand jury. Afterall they have waited so long for their love message to come true.
    I would pay them back in gold and silver, but the only thing I got is lead.

  14. peakyeast on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 9:29 pm 

    Lets guess a little: someone called Rossi sold the UK politicians a project spin-off from the E-CAT. Its working title, though, was S-CAT – later changed to STEP for reasons unknown.

  15. supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 9:39 pm 

    claes on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 9:27 pm
    i’m saying a people trial because govt. are full of muzzie lovers, it’s impossible to get a trial going. they put milosevic on the bench at the hage for 5 years with no conviction and he died while in jail. they ignored all evidences that muzzies were beheading serbs left and right.

    first thought would be the outcome of the trial is not enforceable, but which muzzie loving govt. would enforce such a law except china and myanmar (kudos to them).

    if there’s a conviction then it’s up to global infidel to enforce the law on global muzzies.

    the trial has to be in secret because govt. and muzzie will go after participants, definitely they will. which validating my point that the people trial of muzzies genocide in 1400 years has a lot of force.

    the trial should have a program and judgemnet every month. for example, global muzzies accused of rape in 1400 year, guilty or not, then 2nd month about violating rights of women, so on for 5 years. the following 5 years is spent on news, analysis, and publishing result of previous 5 year trial.

    Turkey: Billboards quote Qur’an, “Do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies”
    supertard big muzzie beard reports

    in the west and america, billboards went up all over the place advocating deployment of muzzies anti rape machine.

  16. supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 9:42 pm 

    law/verdicts

  17. supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 10:18 pm 

    muzzies killed about 300 mil in 1400 years according to some sources, that’s about 600/day.

    however detailed accounting in 2018 by supertard glenn roberts listed a very small #

    https://thereligionofpeace.com/attacks/attacks.aspx?Yr=2018

  18. supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 10:23 pm 

    some of the recent kills listed by supertard glenn roberts

    2015
    During this time period, there were 2892 Islamic attacks in 53 countries, in which

    27667 people were killed and 26169 injured.

    2016
    During this time period, there were 2498 Islamic attacks in 59 countries, in which

    21413 people were killed and 26730 injured.
    2017
    During this time period, there were 2079 Islamic attacks in 61 countries, in which

    16541 people were killed and 14579 injured.

    2018
    During this time period, there were 1985 Islamic attacks in 55 countries, in which

    11783 people were killed and 11490 injured.

  19. supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 10:27 pm 

    some of the recent kills listed by supertard glenn roberts

    2015
    2892 Islamic attacks in 53 countries,in which
    27667 people were killed and
    26169 injured.

    2016
    2498 Islamic attacks in 59 countries, in
    21413 people were killed and
    26730 injured.

    2017
    2079 Islamic attacks in 61 countries, in
    16541 people were killed and
    14579 injured.

    2018
    1985 Islamic attacks in 55 countries, in
    11783 people were killed and 11490 injured.

  20. supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 25th Oct 2019 10:34 pm 

    a muzzie amputation machine is mandated by the koran which has a lot of that.

    it’s like a pod and was invented by supertard roosevent because he hated polygamy.

    it has a tilted platform to stand on and this is very uncomfortable to stand on for 24 hour for 30 days.

    the best of humanity is still the supreme of humanity allah has created but it’s a bit slow. eventually it figures out that by sticking both hands out to depress a lever would cause the platform to level out.

    randomly spinning saw blades come down to do work. the muzzie is then forced to the muzzie hamster machine.

    all muzzies machines are behind gates, the gate labeled “victimhood” is most popular, followed by the “rape” gate.

    The muzzie slide the victim card and get suddenly dropped down a chute to the muzzie anti rape machine.

    when non muzzie attack christchurch, muzzies are victims.

    when muzzies attack sri lanka killing over 300 non muzzies, muzzies are victims.

  21. Bloomer on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 12:36 am 

    If these nuclear fission power plants do work out…it changes everything.

  22. Davy on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 1:37 am 

    supremacist muzzies jerk JuanPee sock:

    How unfortunate. We assumed you had been picked-up by the lunatic asylum or the cops knicked you for loitering.

  23. Davy on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 1:54 am 

    I usually go to bed real early, being the gereatrical dumbass i
    am. But I’m REAL Fond of Goats. There annusses are the best.

    DiD i ever mention how much I love got anusses?

    I think i might of.

    dumbssses

  24. Cloggie on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 4:35 am 

    If you don’t like solar panels mounted to your roof, consider solar and roof function merged into one, with Tesla tiles:

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2019/10/26/tesla-solar-roof-tiles/

  25. JuanP stupidity on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 4:44 am 

    More from stupid:

    Davy said I usually go to bed real early, being the gereatri…

    Davy said supremacist muzzies jerk JuanPee sock: How unfortu…

  26. Cloggie on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 7:02 am 

    Development, potentially interesting for the US too, that hasn’t that many shallow waters as well:

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2019/10/26/windfloat-atlantic-begins-offshore-installation/

    Portugal has begun to install large floating wind turbines of 8.4 MW each, 20 km in the Atlantic ocean.

  27. Cloggie on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 7:09 am 

    Golden Age Of Renewables Will Happen During Next Five Years, Says IEA

    https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/21/golden-age-of-renewables-will-happen-during-next-five-years-says-iea/

    “The latest report from the International Energy Agency — Renewables 2019 — claims the world will see a 50% increase in renewable energy between now and 2025 thanks to rapidly falling prices for solar and wind. “The world’s total renewable-based power capacity will grow by 50% between 2019 and 2024,” the IEA says in a press release.”

  28. Davy on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 7:18 am 

    50% increase based upon what has been done already and what is needed does not make it a “golden age” it makes it a slog. What is also not talked about is the thresholds of advanced renewable penetration are being reached in many areas. IOW, diminishing returns of renewables without storage and without behavioral changes. That is where we are at and that is approaching the hardest part of the renewable transformation both technically and economically. Notice I did not call it a transition. That is a big word that renewables do not deserve yet.

  29. REAL Green on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 7:20 am 

    “UN Scientists Say There Is A Way To Delay Climate Change For 20 Years For Pocket Change”
    https://tinyurl.com/y5vmvhlm clean technica

    “We have lost the biological function of soils. We have got to reverse that,” Orr tells Bloomberg News. “If we do it, we are turning the land into the big part of the solution for climate change.” Rene Castro Salazar, an assistant director general at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, tells Time that almost half of the 5 billion acres of land around the world that have been degraded by misuse, overgrazing, deforestation, and other human factors could be restored at a cost of $300 billion. At least a third of the world’s land has been degraded to some extent, directly affecting the lives of 2 billion people, says Eduardo Mansur, director of the land and water division at the FAO. Assuming that happened, the restored soil could capture enough carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to keep average global temperatures from spiraling out of control. It’s not a permanent cure — more like a surgical dressing that protects the body and gives a wound time to heal.”

  30. REAL Green on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 7:20 am 

    “Thousands of troops deployed by Brazil amid fury at worst oil spill in country’s history”
    https://tinyurl.com/y42ntndr faster than expected

    “SNIP: Brazil’s government has sent 5,000 troops to clean up a massive oil spill polluting its beaches after facing mounting anger over its failure to tackle the environmental crisis. The mysterious spill has continued and has now touched more than 1,000 miles of Brazil’s coast, polluting some of the country’s most picturesque beaches and destroying local marine life. [T]he government is no closer to determining the source of the spill. Now public anger is rising over the Brazilian government’s failure to stem the flow – or indeed establish the oil’s source. In response, local officials have resorted to urging volunteers to aid the cleanup mission.”

  31. Where is stupid? on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 7:42 am 

    juanpee is sleeping in

  32. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 8:22 am 

    The invisible critic is a muzzie lover. He said whitey supertard
    Roosevelt is bad. But roosevelt invented Muzzie anti rape machine
    Muzzies amputation machine. If we don’t come together to support
    Mixon going to China we have a confused future of
    Infighting mixed with extreme muzzie lovin’ and jizya paying

    UK women sell sex for food while muzzies are well
    Fed with jihad allowances

  33. Stupid is up on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 8:40 am 

    supremacist muzzies jerk on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 8:22 am

  34. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 9:00 am 

    When muzzies went inner struggle in Sri Lanka and off 300 muzzies are victims

    When somebody did something in Christchurch muzzies are victims
    It’s easy ti to see why the muzzie anti rape gate labeled “victimhood” is most popular because all muzzies are victims

  35. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 9:43 am 

    when a muzzie go inner struggle on you, you pretty much screwed. unless you have luke with you which gives you a fighting chance.

  36. supremacist muzies jerk on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 9:51 am 

    when a muzzie go inner struggle on you and you’re screwed, then that’s pretty bleak. but fear not, supertards are immune to muzzies inner struggle, that’s why they love muzzies.
    for the rest of us, we need a global muzies people’s trial. then it’s up to all non muzies to enforce the verdict.

  37. Antius on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 10:25 am 

    Tokamaks, spherical or not, have insufficient power density to provide affordable energy. It isn’t just a case of building something that works. We need something that generates power cheaply.

  38. Antius on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 10:33 am 

    The fusion fission hybrid is a near term application for fusion. Whilst a sodium cooled fast breeder reactor is a more developed concept; the hybrid has the advantage of sidestepping the problem of doubling time.

    As is often the case with all things nuclear, the Russians are ahead of the rest of the world.

    https://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-develops-a-fission-fusion-hybrid-reactor-6168535

  39. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 10:40 am 

    i hate this forum that’s why i never spend time on it, not even a femtosecond. i take care of my italian wife.

  40. Cloggie on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 2:00 pm 

    Personally I abandoned those in 1980:

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-nuclear-weapons-floppy-disks-missiles-defence-department-pentagon-a9172571.html

    “US nuclear weapons no longer rely on floppy disks to operate”

  41. Davy on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 2:33 pm 

    Geeze, cloggo, it is instead a testament to quality and how well they worked that they did not need to be replaced. These floppies I am sure were not the floppies we remember in the early days.

    Since last night you are 20/7 “cloggo” BS off topic anti-American fucknut. You need to be checked in somewhere.

  42. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 2:50 pm 

    Davy on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 2:33 pm
    supertard, thank you for exceeding the goal of my project. please tend to the goat, take a rest.

  43. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 2:55 pm 

    when a muzzie goes inner struggle, you’re pretty much screwed as in san bernadino, 9/11, sri lanka, isis iraq/syria, boston marathon, pulse night club, ft. hood, mumbai, on and on.
    unless you’re supertard. that’s one of the reason i will be appointing new supertards soon.

  44. Nostradamus on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 7:51 pm 

    “an actual power plant is unlikely to be built before 2040 at the earliest.” Eek! It’s gone from being only 10 years away to being 20 years away. LOL.

  45. Anonymouse on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 8:40 pm 

    “an actual power plant is unlikely to be built before hell freezes over, at the earliest.”

    Fixed.

  46. Antius on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 8:43 am 

    “Geeze, cloggo, it is instead a testament to quality and how well they worked that they did not need to be replaced. These floppies I am sure were not the floppies we remember in the early days.”

    It is a testament to having something that works the way it is; and is expensive to change.

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