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Fusion Nuclear Reactor to get the Green Light

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Ricochet J, 25 May 2006.

  1. Ricochet J

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    Source BBC News


    Guess that British guy who hacked into NASA and the US Intellegence wasn't lyeing about better, newer, cleaner fuel :)
     
  2. Mellownatts

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    Great for our next generation but will it really take until 2040 to even get a demonstration plant running and into the next century to adapt to this.
     
  3. D4VE

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    Aye thats a long time to wait these days
     
  4. aardvark

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    strange, i thought they aggreed this last year and were already building it.

    anyway, its good news, but only in 100 years time - we still have to figure out alternatives until then.
     
  5. Turbanation

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    The beginning of the end.
     
  6. fatiain

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    Nah, it's the end of the middle of the beginning.
     
  7. Mellownatts

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    Do you not think this is a step in the right direction ?
     
  8. oweneades

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    I have seen programs on this sort of thing before. (although this story is news to me).

    They basically said although possibly, at the moment it requires ore enery to get it working than it produces.

    Unsure how valid that is but it would make sense as its a relatively new tech and fusing atoms takes mamouth amounts of energy.
     
  9. fatiain

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    No, he's got shares in Exxon and Texaco.
     
  10. leaskovski

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    There is no pleasing some people! :rolleyes:
     
  11. Trifid

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    Good (as long as it doesn't blow up/site for terrorist attack.)

    Nuclear fules are the future, build some nuclear plants until then.
     
  12. Messiah Khan

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    As said in another recent thread about this, I have been following this project for some time now. The theory for a Nuclear fusion plant is all sound, its just getting it to actually work. So far they have only managed to keep the reaction going for 5 seconds(Doesn't sound much, but is infact a big step forward) and the reaction uses far more energy than it creates. However if this eperimental reactor works as planned(I see no reason why it shouldn't) Then we can expect to see lots of relatively cheap and very clean energy.
     
  13. spirit

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    thats why its in france :p
     
  14. WantoN

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    The beginning of the end of the beginning? Mother of God :eek:

    Ant :cool:
     
  15. Tommy B

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    Terrorists funded by Esso will pwn it with nerve gas :rolleyes:

    /too much 24.
     
  16. Minto

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    This kind of attitude irritates me. The author of this statement clearly has no concept of the differences between fusion and fission.

    Regardless of the fact that a properly built fission reactor is inherantly safe*, the uninformed seem to assume that the same percieved dangers apply to fission. If a fusion reactor were to lose the containment of the plasma the worst that would happen is it would melt the reactor. More likely is the reaction would just cease. Fusion require some very special conditions to occur, fission will just run away with itself unless controlled very carefully.

    Fusion is inherantly safe because unlike fission, if you leave it to its own devices (when on a non-solar scale) it will simply stop. It should also be noted that there can be NO heavy radioactive elements produced by a fusion reactor, as the binding energy curve peaks at lead, meaning anything heavier than lead is not made.

    In addition to that fact, fusion is one of the only renewable energy sources that is globally applicable, in every environment, and hence is clearly a sensible method to research.

    * (for reasons such as gravity assisted control rods, that fall into the reactor by gravity if there were to be any kind of faliure, hence stopping an explosion)
     
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  17. Freefaller

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    Woop there it is! :(


    I remember reading about this a few years ago (it's taken something like a dozen years (?) to get it agreed). It's very exciting - and I hope it works out. Renewable and nuclear energy rocks.
     
  18. Red and White

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    not going to have a demonstration power plant running until 2040

    ffs :rolleyes:
     
  19. iCraig

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    Sounds good, but another 34 years for a demo site?!

    What the hell will they be doing in the three decades until then?
     
  20. Nozzer

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    Spending the advance on hookers and cocaine.