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Windows 7: Why isn't Fusion energy a world priority

24 Feb 2012   #1
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 
Why isn't Fusion energy a world priority

If "we" are serious about relatively clean affordable energy why aren't we spending giga$ on serious contained fusion power plants?

It's a gigantic scientific and engineering challenge - so what.

Is humanity being given short shrift by vested interests in fossil fuels and fission reactors.
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24 Feb 2012   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

In Germany they had an experimental fusion reactor in Kalkar. It was operational (for research) for at least 10 years. Then they closed it and disamtled it for Billions. But I do not recall why.

The German plant was converted into a theme park: http://inhabitat.com/dismantled-german-nuclear-plant-transformed-into-incredible-wunderland-kalkar-amusement-park/nuclear-powerplant-transformed-wunderland6/
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24 Feb 2012   #3
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Very sad Wolfgang and I would suggest the dirty $ got in the way.
I think Europe could be the leading light here. I know they still plug away.
Facilities like CERN show the commitment to nuclear science but more is needed.

The obvious to me: The sun is a fusion reactor and "clean". Earth based fusion reactors could also be "clean" but more controllable to meet needs.
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24 Feb 2012   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Vested interests - thats the answer right there. Too many people stand to lose too much money....
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24 Feb 2012   #5
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Nuclear fusion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There are two places working on it.
Right now it appears it takes more enrgy in production than is produced.
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24 Feb 2012   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

That's true Hopalong but that just means the scientific and engineering challenges need much more work. Fission is relatively easy - Contained fussion is not. This should be the challenge of the century - people can do it and should demand it.
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24 Feb 2012   #7
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

I agree.

I just thought a link to further info would be good.
I had to read it first.
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24 Feb 2012   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

As ever, money, vested interests and politics dictate which way our future energy needs are met.

Nuclear fusion has been achieved here on Earth, but only for an extremely short time and at huge cost.

As for fossil fuels, the sooner we're less dependent on oil, the sooner the mess that is the Middle East will be resolved.
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24 Feb 2012   #9
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Development of the science and technology to produce a viable fusion reactor would be the pinnacle of human achievement.

I would love to start my career again and be part of this. The basic science, maths and hard core engineering is becoming less popular. What hope do we have. (Never mind multicore CPUs as we starve to death).
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25 Feb 2012   #10
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Isn't this what Iran is doing by their Uranium Enrichment plant?
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