Distant Nuclear Fusion
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- Jan 12, 2021 3:45 pm GMTJan 12, 2021 3:46 pm GMT
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There are currently two experiments that are designed to reach “break-even” fusion within the next several years, but this means that the experiment will inject as much energy into the inner, or core process as comes out in the form of high energy neutrons. Forget any energy-conversion efficiencies outside of the core – no electric energy will come out of these initial facilities in spite of huge amounts going in.
One of these two projects, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France. The other, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) is here in my home town of Livermore, California.
This post is a brief review of the former and a more thorough review of the latter, including its distant past and distant future.