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  •  Thanks, NNadir (1+ / 0-)
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    This is interesting news, and I am sure you will keep us in the loop as the plant leaves shakedown mode.

    You hint towards the end that you think yet another process will end up being even better, that also sounds like good news.

    I have a slightly off-topic question to ask you. Did you see the Dr. Bussard Google Video concerning some new kind of confinement fusion?

    If not, I'll find the link for you. If yes, what do you think of it? If there existed a new fusion process and a clean or cleaner fission process, which would be better for the earth? Or should we pursue both?



    "There is a time for compromise, and it is called 'Later'!"

    by LeftyLimblog on Sat Feb 17, 2007 at 10:54:05 PM PST

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    •  I'm not much of a fusion guy. (1+ / 0-)
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      Fusion has not generated a single watt of grid power.

      If it does someday, it will still depend on access to tritium.   Because the fusion reaction produces one neutron, and because of other technical considerations, I really don't see how fusion could work without a fission infrastructure to support it.

      The world supply of tritium right now is about 18 kg.  It has been accumulated over many years, decades really, as a side product from CANDU operations.  Most of it remains in Canada.  A 500 MW fusion reactor would consume, as I understand it, all of that tritium in about 6 months.

      If you produce the link, though, I'll look at it.   I haven't seen it.

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