DailyDirt: Just Fuse Some Atoms Already…
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Most of the time, when people are talking about nuclear energy, they’re talking about fission. Fission gets all the attention because it’s already commercially available, and every so often there’s an accident that makes the news and scares people away from all kinds of nuclear energy. But fusion is entirely different. Aside from the fact that no one has ever actually built a reactor that has generated more useful energy than needed to ignite atomic fusion (hydrogen bombs don’t count!), fusion energy could be a great source of energy. We’ve covered fusion a few times before, but here are just a few more interesting links on fusing atoms together.
- The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) may be one of the most expensive nuclear energy projects ever. It’s scheduled to start testing in 2020, and hopefully, it’ll lead to a better understanding of how to harness fusion. [url]
- An Indiegogo campaign is looking to raise $200,000 to help build a fusion generator that is much smaller than ITER. This project has lofty goals, but it won’t be surprising if it doesn’t actually achieve a practical form of fusion that can generate more energy than it consumes. [url]
- Prometheus Fusion Perfection was an open source project aiming to build a Bussard fusion reactor (aka a Polywell). The project has shut down, citing that it would need at least $200 million to achieve its goals. [url]
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