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ITER (originally an acronym of International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is an international nuclear fusion research and engineering project, which is currently building the world's largest and most advanced experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor at Cadarache in the south of France.
The ITER project aims to make the long-awaited transition from experimental studies of plasma physics to full-scale electricity-producing fusion power plants.
The project is funded and run by seven member entities - the European Union (EU), India, Japan, the People's Republic of China, Russia, South Korea and the United States. The EU, as host party for the ITER complex, is contributing 45% of the cost, with the other six parties contributing 9% each.
Self-funded by mad scientist! The technology’s inventor has apparently tinkered with his design for 40 years, and self-funded the company’s early stages, reinvesting income from earlier lucrative inventions.
No to takeover offers! The company is said to have already fielded a buyout attempt by General Electric (NYSE:GE). The founder apparently didn’t want the invention owned by just one corporation, characterizing it an invention for mankind, apparently.
Requisite military involvement!
The company is said to be secretly working with the Australian Air Force and Navy, and the U.S. Department of Defense, and aims to trial a 10MW version of its reactor in 2012 with an Australian utility.
Hot Fusion eh? That would be pretty dangerous for a home user to get their hands on i would bet...
But my first hunch here is that this is only one of the "suppressed techs" they pull out of their hats now that Rossi seems so close to ruin the energy market anyway...
Research into developing controlled thermonuclear fusion for civil purposes also began in earnest in the 1950s, and it continues to this day. Two projects, the National Ignition Facility and ITER are in the process of reaching breakeven after 60 years of design improvements developed from previous experiments.
It IS from the U.S Govt after all. ("mysterious mad scientist working closely with air force" my ass!) That is just their excuse to reveal some of their most primitive "suppressed techs".
Interesting that the project seems to be located in Australia as well... Pine Gap anyone? U.S department of defense?
Never thought i would give you a star considering your previous BS but there you go! This time you deserve it
Whenever I think about hot fusion, I keep coming back to this last point.
Originally posted by boncho
For someone to come in and Gerry-Rig something that outdoes the leading project is highly unlikely. As I presume most Fusion reactions are not the easiest to create. Unless of course you are a giant body of gas that forms and sustains one under your own gravity.
Every hour, enough sunlight energy reaches the Earth to meet the world’s energy demand for a whole year. --- U.S. Department of Energy ---
Originally posted by StockdUp
An input of 50MW is no small chunk of change. The most efficient coal burning generation stations are only about 6-10MW. Besides, a load of 50MW would definitely drag down the frequency of the current system putting any generation station running at the time that this load was introduced into the circuit at serious risk. Is it worth putting all the current infrastructure at risk? If the frequency of the two nuclear generators in NJ was to drop below 58.3cy the protection (relaying) would trip out all of NJ and the PJM. For an example of how fragile the infrastructure of the US is take a look at the blackout in 2003 when basically a simple ground to phase fault cascaded into a blackout that affected about 40 million people.edit on 19-1-2012 by StockdUp because: messed up qoute
Electromagnetic radiation coming from hot fusion in the sun will continue for billions of years.
Originally posted by StockdUp
Truly I think they way we should be going is electromagnetism and other renewables. Have you heard of the MEG?MEG-US patent
But at least hot fusion follows the known laws of physics, so as Boncho said, it may pan out eventually, even if we don't live to see it.