originally posted by: Maverick7
No, it's fusion. Current nuclear plants use fission. The OP misspoke saying 'how we use fusion'. Currently we don't have large power producing plants using fusion.
To use fusion energy you need some kind of confinement media. Currently we have Tokamak magnetic confinement vessels which were thought might work.
His actual small reactor uses fission, though, just in a better way.
Yes in the black projects they may have perfected it decades ago. Don't know if this kid will get far in the real world.
originally posted by: djmarcone
He'll probably get snatched up by some gov't contractor and put on black projects.
My understanding is that we've already got the fission/fusion stuff perfected and miniaturized.
On February 27, 2013 at TED 2013, Wilson presented his ideas on the benefits of building small underground nuclear fission reactors that are self-contained and use decommissioned nuclear weapons to fuel power. He temporarily left his research on the fusion reactor and designed a variation of a compact molten salt reactor that he says would supply about 50 MW and would need refueling only once every 30 years. According to Wilson, because much of the reactor would be buried and its uranium would not be weapons-grade, it is less vulnerable either to terrorist attack or misuse. The development of molten salt reactors began in the United States at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where the first reactor was built in the 1960s. The development of the new reactor type was stopped in 1976 due to political issues. Since the beginning of the 21st century, molten salt reactors are again being explored in a few countries in some commercial companies as well as in nationally funded projects. Additional design information was provided at Google Zeitgeist Americas ’13, which describes a sealed vessel and the use of natural circulation in the core.