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Fusion Reactor Breaks Even

mysqlbytes (908737) writes | about a year ago


mysqlbytes (908737) writes "The BBC is reporting the National Ignition Facility (NIF), based at Livermore in California, Has succeeded in breaking even — "During an experiment in late September, the amount of energy released through the fusion reaction exceeded the amount of energy being absorbed by the fuel — the first time this had been achieved at any fusion facility in the world.""

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That's not breaking even... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45065049)

Just saying.

They waited until cold fusion became real ... (1)

macpacheco (1764378) | about a year ago | (#45065577)

Hot fusion is a SCAM !
Not a technical SCAM, but a money scam...
For those that are following both hot and cold fusion, it's impossible to ignore the fact that now that cold fusion is being proven to be true (regardless of not having a perfect theory to explain it yet), now they say they got to break even point on hot fusion... After eating up what, perhaps a hundred billion US$ in total research ?
cut all $$$ given to scientists that haven't delivered anything useful to society in what, 50 years, and that have label cold fusion a scam, because it was a huge threat to the business model of wasting those billions !
Notice that in this theoretical break even point, the electricity wasted to contain the fusion output isn't being generated by the fusion reactor, hence the statement its a theoretical break even point. There's no actual generator accumulating the thermal energy generated for any practical usage.
Hot fusion will still take at an absolute minimum 20yrs (but most likely another 50yrs) before it's used in the real world.

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