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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Nuclear Fusion Power the Future

Currently South Africa is using a normal nuclear fission power plant at Koeberg. The South African Government plans to build five new nuclear fission power plants by 2014. Are we too hasty?

A consortium from the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan has proposed to build a fusion reactor called the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in Cadarache, France from 2010 to demonstrate the feasibility of using sustained fusion reactions for making electricity. Nuclear Fusion is basically the opposite of nuclear fission and we know it as pictured above, hydrogen bombs.

Nuclear fusion promises to be less dangerous, more powerful and with less nuclear waste than the old nuclear fission power plants. It promises to be the future until we learn to harness the power of the Unified Field and Zero Point Energy, and on that day for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.

The second part of that last sentence comes from a well known quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. “The day will come when after harnessing the ether, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire."


Anonymous said...

Nuclear fusion is more of a long-term option, which will take decades to become commercially viable. Until then, nuclear fission remains our best option, especially when the possibility exists of recycling nuclear waste through breeder reactors.

We may see our first viable fusion reactors sometime in the 2050-2060 timeframe. Until then, it makes no sense to abandon research into fission reactors, especially when the science in that area is just starting to advance rapidly and we're achieving new levels of safety, lack of proliferation risk and the like.

M. Simon said...

Bussard's IEC Fusion Technology (Polywell Fusion) Explained

The American Thinker has a good article up with the basics.

WB-8 Contract Details

We Will Know In Two Years

Why hasn't Polywell Fusion been fully funded by the Obama administration?

Werner K said...

Nobody can predict the future. Saying that Nuclear Fusion will only be ready from 2050 to 2060 is based on guesswork. It might even be later than that, Anonymous.

Anonymous said...

The 2050-2060 timeframe is a best estimate based on current levels of progress, the statements of the scientists involved and the pace of materials research. As with any estimate of this nature it can't be 100% accurate, but it's the best we can come up with at the moment. It may indeed take longer, of course, but the point I'm trying to make is that there's nothing we know of in the pipeline that might cause it to appear significantly earlier than that timeframe.

This means that commercial nuclear fusion is at least a few decades out, so it will come too late to be of any help with our current problems with regards to global warming. In this context nuclear fission still makes the most sense, especially with the newer low-risk reactors which have begun to emerge over the past two decades. All things considered, it remains the safest, cleanest and most reliable power source we have and as such we should be investing more in it.

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