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originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: LSU2018
The first person to come up with a viable working design that can consistently keep that plasma contained and away from the walls will have essentially solved the world's energy demands for the next 500 years.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
originally posted by: dfnj2015
Unless you've been around a super-genius you really have no idea how smart people can be.
Daily. So I get it.
I'm waiting for the miniaturized Mr. Fusion version for home use.
originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
a reply to: dfnj2015
The idea has been around for a a few decades. The computing power needed to catch up to what was envisioned. That took over a decade to happen!
The fully optimized stellerator is the result. And, yes, W7-X is a thing of wonder! Everything about it was measured, designed, constructed, with computer controlled precision that no other fusion reactor design has met. Each step has exceeded calculations and it has broken 7 records for a stellerator fusion reactor... and it has not reached its design limits!!
The new super computers have been used to further redesign the magnetic confinement fields so less magnets are required. And they using 90’s superconductor tech which has newer high temperature versions that when combined make even stronger magnetic fields which means the reactor size decreases (AM’s Mr. Fusion is not a joke! The ITER reactor is. Which is why private companies are in the chase... including Lockheed which has a totally different design that actually makes sense).
Like different types of engines we will have different fusion reactors.
We are so close!