Nuclear Fusion Progress

  Mr Mistoffelees 10:11 29 Jan 2010
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Electricity generation powered by nuclear fusion comes a step closer to reality.

From BBC News: click here

  morddwyd 10:16 29 Jan 2010

While one can't deny that it is progress, if it's a step it's a pretty hesitant one.

Though I'm no scientist I would not say a major hurdle had been swept away, rather that the way forward is a little clearer

  peter99co 12:24 29 Jan 2010

"I can't overstate how dramatic a step that is," he told BBC News. "Many people a year ago were saying the project would be dead by now."

Along the way, the experiments smashed the record for the highest energy from a laser - by a factor of 20.

Seem pretty big steps to me.

  shellship 16:39 29 Jan 2010

Does this mean we can halt the expansion of those costly wind farms that only operate when the wind is blowing?

  johndrew 17:10 29 Jan 2010

Given the problems faced producing a field to contain the plasma any step forward is likely to be small and, until fully validated, treated with some trepidation.

This looks a reasonable jump in knowledge and ability which may bring truly clean power a bit nearer.

  john bunyan 17:19 29 Jan 2010

Hopefully their experiments will come to fruition quicker than the UK efforts See Here:
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  Kevscar1 17:58 29 Jan 2010

shellship
If they built a windfarm inside the House of Commons there would be enough wind and hot air to power the whole coumtry.

  Mr Mistoffelees 19:29 29 Jan 2010

"If they built a windfarm inside the House of Commons there would be enough wind and hot air to power the whole coumtry."

When they are all there and awake!

  Mr Mistoffelees 19:36 29 Jan 2010

I think it is fair to say that those early experiments paved the way for the research happening now.

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