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Inside Piston-Powered Nuclear Fusion Company General Fusion 117

Posted by samzenpus
from the miles-per-rod dept.
quax writes "Slashdot first reported on the Canadian start-up company that is attempting piston powered nuclear fusion back in 2009. This new blog post takes a look at where they are now, and gives some additional behind the scene info. For instance, a massive experimental rig for magnetized target fusion in the US is currently underutilized, because ITER's increasing costs absorb all the public fusion research funding. Because this Shiva Star device is located in an Air Force base, security restrictions prevent any meaningful cooperation with a non-U.S. companies. Even if U.S. researchers would love to rent this out to advance the science of magnetized target fusion, restrictions make this is a no go."
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Inside Piston-Powered Nuclear Fusion Company General Fusion

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  • Re:What? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 30, 2013 @11:30AM (#45818585)

    Ok, lets try it in English then.

    There are some Canuks trying a specific type of nuclear fusion. Two other groups seem to be doing similar research, but one has been effectively denied funding because of a different project getting headlines, and the other is a military research so it has no headlines until the USAF decides to get some mass-produced.

  • Re:What? (Score:5, Informative)

    by i kan reed (749298) on Monday December 30, 2013 @12:07PM (#45818861) Homepage Journal

    Here's a new summary for you:

    Tiny fusion project that's functionally pretty cheap wants more money, and publishes some promising, but uncertain results.

    I could use that same summary for several different projects today.

  • Re:What? (Score:4, Informative)

    by mrchaotica (681592) * on Monday December 30, 2013 @12:10PM (#45818895)

    Slashdot "editors" are editors the same way the garbage truck driver is a "sanitation engineer".

    Sanitation engineering is a real thing (different from driving a truck). Real sanitation engineers are civil engineers who design landfills, wastewater treatment plants and recycling facilities.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 30, 2013 @12:12PM (#45818905)

    Just because you went to MIT or teach there doesn't mean your smart. The most successful fusion researchers came from Madison WI.

    There will never ever be cold fusion. Over coming the Coulomb barrier is an inherently thermal process.

  • by nojayuk (567177) on Monday December 30, 2013 @12:31PM (#45819037)

    Actually the EU has a higher GDP than the US, the usual marker for the strength of an economy. Mostly that's due to the greater population (505 million EU citizens compared to 310 million or so Americans) as per-capita GNP in the EU is a bit less since we don't have quite as much raw materials production (oil, gas, coal) which inflates the figures.

    The US tried withholding its funding contributions for ITER during the run-up to the off-the-books trillion-dollar war in Iraq after most of the other participants in the project decided it should be built in Cadarache in France, home of the cheese-eating surrender monkeys, instead of Japan. It didn't work, America decided to rejoin the project and they're pouring concrete this month in southern France for the reactor vessel's base.

  • US vs EU GDP (Score:5, Informative)

    by sjbe (173966) on Monday December 30, 2013 @01:36PM (#45819705)

    Actually the EU has a higher GDP than the US

    Depends on how you measure it. The EU has a higher nominal GDP but a slightly lower GDP under PPP [wikipedia.org]. Both are right around $16-17 Trillion in 2013.

    per-capita GNP in the EU is a bit less since we don't have quite as much raw materials production (oil, gas, coal) which inflates the figures.

    As for GDP per capita, it isn't even close. The US population is around 315 milliion versus 510 million in the EU. Since the GDP is roughly the same, the US GDP per capita is about 40% higher at around $52,000 versus $34,000 for the EU. The differences in GDP are not explained by energy production [wikipedia.org]. The EU is the 7th largest energy producer and 2nd largest consumer) while the US is the 3rd largest energy producer and largest consumer (with China catching up fast). Both economies have services sectors that comprise around 68-69% of the economy. Both have similar sized manufacturing sectors and agriculture sectors. Frankly the US and EU economies are remarkably similar in many ways.

  • Re:What? (Score:4, Informative)

    by i kan reed (749298) on Monday December 30, 2013 @01:44PM (#45819809) Homepage Journal

    Well, I know what that published unprecedented energy density results in the journal of plasma physics. I'm not aware of any meetings they attended, though.

  • Re:Awesome (Score:4, Informative)

    by Immerman (2627577) on Monday December 30, 2013 @02:06PM (#45820059)

    Better than Polywell fusion? They're still under a publishing embargo, but if the Navy progress report is to be believed they have managed to demonstrate p-B fusion last year which is practically the holy grail of fusion for electrical-generating purposes - no neutron flux from the primary reaction, no clunky inefficient heat engine necessary to generate electricity, and the main researchers seem to have mostly all jumped ship to found an energy-related company.

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