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This ambitious project, known as ITER, has been undertaken jointly by the EU, China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the USA. It is the biggest scientific experiment in the world and its scale is only matched by the importance of its potential success.
In a world where energy has become an international security issue – where the price and supply of oil and gas can lead to ‘energy wars’ – this huge $10 billion mega-experiment could provide the peaceful answer by producing energy of the stars, like our own sun, with little or no emissions.
Originally posted by Cauch1
I am in support of this technology however there are a few facts that people tend to miss out. First of all yes hydrogen is widely available, but from oilfields. I know everyone likes to fantasize about getting it from water but the fact is that the amount of energy required is huge and uneconomical. The hydrogen used in hydrogen cars, making ammonia, fusion reactors etc. are aquired by drilling like you would for other fossil fuels.
Secondly although the process is in itself safe and with minimal risk of explosion, failure etc. it is if a terrorist gains access to the reactors controls or if the equipment controlling it is seriously damaged then it will create a extremely destructive reaction which will be self-fuelling for a short time increasing how dangerous it is.
Despite this I am behind this and other sorts of power production using nuclear energy as I believe it to be the way forward. Plus a different form of nuclear fusion reactor can fueled off the waste of a fission reactor.
Originally posted by MarkLuitzen
hydrogen is also widely availeble at our gasgiants in outerspace but the moon has a fusion fuel that is even more potent then hydrogen. its called Helium 3.
Originally posted by The All Seeing I
An optimistic hypothetical to consider, if successful... do we open up the technology to private enterprise or do we maintain it as a public resource, much like we do with water and public roadways?
Originally posted by princeofpeace
Hydrogen is also available from water!!! Duh.