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Fusion Anytime Now, Again, Said UK

arisvega (1414195) writes | more than 2 years ago

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arisvega (1414195) writes "The National Ignition Facility (Nif) in the US is drawing closer to producing a surplus of energy from the idea, buy beefing up the laser power needed for ignition.

The UK company AWE and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory have now joined with Nif to help make laser fusion a viable commercial energy source.

Part of the problem has been that the technical ability to reach "breakeven" — the point at which more energy is produced than is consumed — has always seemed distant. Detractors of the idea have asserted that "fusion energy is 50 years away, no matter what year you ask", said David Willetts, the UK's science minister. "I think that what's going on both in the UK and in the US shows that we are now making significant progress on this technology," he said. "It can't any longer be dismissed as something on the far distant horizon.""

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Hot Fusion is an enormous money pit !!! (1)

macpacheco (1764378) | more than 2 years ago | (#37351382)

Hot Fusion has been researched since 1960, with 50+ years at it, they're still unable to simply break even.
Hot Fusion research funding should be cut by 80%, there should be only one publicly funded hot fusion research for the entire developed world.
I say that because it will take at the absolute minimum 20 years for this to get anywhere.
While that happens, the world's superpowers continue to frown upon LENR (cold fusion) which has been shown to break even for years. And even with 0,01% of the funding, it's expected to be commercial within a few years. And that might be the reason for all this Hot Fusion hoopla. Because Cold Fusion scales from tiny household reactors to small city shared reactors, so it's a huge threat to the entire energy establishment, including all dirty energy and electricity distributors/generators, fission nuclear power.
That goes in contrast with hot fusion which is expected to always operate in large reactors, maintaining the status quo.
And obviously, there's an elite of very well funded hot fusion scientists with everything to loose if cold fusion becomes a reality without any interest in considering it.
Today Cold Fusion already is the Elephant under the rug, that everybody else ignores, but in less than a year, the Elephant will rip the rug apart and it will be impossible to ignore it. Then the smear campaign will get worse. So us techies should be aware of it, and in due time rise in it's defense. Not right now. Wait first until there's at least one commercial product that is ready to sell in commercial scale.

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