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The world's biggest ever nuclear fusion reactor is about to begin construction - Cheap Energy For All?

 
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The world's biggest ever nuclear fusion reactor is about to begin construction - Cheap Energy For All?
Fred Pearce

They call themselves "fusion gypsies"—scientists who have travelled the world, moving from one nuclear reactor to the next, living the dream that some day, somewhere, they can re-create the reactions that take place in the heart of the stars to generate huge amounts of cheap, clean electricity for the world.

Their goal is nuclear power, but not as we know it. This is fusion and not fission. Fission involves mining, processing and irradiating vast amounts of uranium, and leaving behind an even larger legacy of radioactive waste with half-lives stretching into the next ice age. Whereas, say the fusion gypsies, a small vanload of fuel supplied to a fusion power station could supply the electricity needs of a city of 1m people for a year, and leave behind only paltry amounts of radioactive waste that will decay to nothing within a century.

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Re: The world's biggest ever nuclear fusion reactor is about to begin construction - Cheap Energy For All?
If it involves mega-high temperatures, BAZILLIONS of DOLLARS, and many years of RESEARCH, then it's a complete scam.

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