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This might be the answer to our turbine problem, but it’s still a ways off…..

Someday, they’ll have the technology to provide us with limitless clean energy, but unfortunately, I have a feeling most of us will be long gone by then.  Once they can bring this sort of power to everyday use, they will look at the massive rotting hulking wind turbines covering our once fertile farmland and wonder,  “What the hell were they thinking??”

Nuclear fusion breakthrough: US scientists make crucial step to limitless power

RT.com — February 21, 2014

A team of scientists in California announced Wednesday they are one step closer to developing the almost mythical pollution-free, controlled fusion-energy reaction, though the goal of full “ignition” is still far off.

Researchers at the federally-funded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory revealed in a study released Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature that, for the first time, one of their experiments has yielded more energy out of fusion than was used in the fuel that created the reaction.

In a 10-story building the size of three football fields, the Livermore scientists “used 192 lasers to compress a pellet of fuel and generate a reaction in which more energy came out of the fuel core than went into it,” wrote the Washington Post. “Ignition” would mean more energy was produced than was used in the entire process.

“We’re closer than anyone’s gotten before,” said Omar Hurricane, a physicist at Livermore and lead author of the study. “It does show there’s promise.”

The process ultimately mimics the processes in the core of a star inside the laboratory’s hardware. Nuclear fusion, which is how the sun is heated, creates energy when atomic nuclei fuse and form a larger atom.

“This isn’t like building a bridge,” Hurricane told USA Today in an interview. “This is an exceedingly hard problem. You’re basically trying to produce a star, on a small scale, here on Earth.”

A fusion reactor would operate on a common form of hydrogen found in sea water and create minimal nuclear waste while not being nearly as volatile as a traditional nuclear-fission reactor. Fission, used in nuclear power plants, works by splitting atoms.    Continue reading here…..

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3 Comments on “This might be the answer to our turbine problem, but it’s still a ways off…..”

  1. sandcanyongal February 21, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    My husband was a fellow at MIT in nuclear engineering some years back. I read him the story. He wasn’t very positive like the story presented, that workingnuclear fusion is around the corner. Just saying.

  2. Dougal Quixote February 22, 2014 at 5:36 am #

    Got a long way to go. There are several schemes in progress including one in Oxford, one in France and one in Japan. Problem is that no one has yet managed to get out more energy than they put in including this one. Hopefully they will get there and we will end up with a power plant in each house where a bath full of water will give you thirty years of power.

  3. Admin February 22, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Impossible and just a dream… remember the Laws of Thermodynamics… think instead, helical turbines.

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