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  1. #1 Fusion Breakthrough? We'll Build Compact Reactor in a Year: Lockheed 
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    And this week, its storied Skunk Works — a secretive research site in California named after the moonshine factory in the hillbilly cartoon strip Li’L Abner – disclosed a breakthrough in fusion research that could transform the world’s energy future.

    Briefly stated, the breakthrough would enable development of compact fusion reactors ten times more efficient than existing fusion designs. A 100 megawatt power source capable of generating enough electricity for 80,000 homes could be carried on a single truck, sustained by a mere 55 pounds of low-cost hydrogen fuel per year. Unlike in the case of fission reactors, there would be no risk of a meltdown and no long-term challenge in handling radioactive waste. Instead, the technology would exploit the same physics powering the Sun to deliver clean energy in unprecedented abundance. The company says it can have a working prototype in five years, and a saleable commercial product in ten.

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    WOW!!!

    Think about it. No longer dependant on Arab oil to power our cites and heat our homes. Could be looking at a fusion electric car that you need to fuel once a year. Possibility are limitless.
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    Magnetic plasma containment reactor.
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    Also mounted in an airplane it could power a very destructive laser, you could pop ISIS like ants with a magnifying glass

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    Darth Cheney and Haliburton are NOT pleased!!!!

    All kidding aside that is some amazing tech and news!!!
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    Not to put to fine a point on it but.......

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    I'm sure the Enviros and their pet EPA are working up plans to obstruct it.
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    If that 'Low-cost hydrogen fuel' is actually deuterium, not so low-cost at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DumbAss Tanker View Post
    If that 'Low-cost hydrogen fuel' is actually deuterium, not so low-cost at all.
    Wait...didn't the Jupiter 2 use that as fuel too???



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    I honestly don't recall, though I watched that show every episode when it originally ran.

    For anyone who doesn't remember high school chemistry/physics, deuterium is a heavy isotope of hydrogen, i.e. hydrogen with a neutron in the nucleus in addition to the normal single proton (An even rarer isotope is tritium, which has two neutrons and one proton). It does occur in nature, but at a rather low fraction of a percent of common hydrogen, and has to be separated from it by physical, rather than chemical, means since it is chemically identical to ordinary hydrogen. The normal methods for isotopic separation involve using the weight difference, either in some form of diffusion separation or in centrifuges, or both, in multiple stages. It's not cheap, quick, or high-volume at the product end to get deuterium. But at least it's simple in an engineering sense, the raw resource to be refined costs nothing, and it doesn't involve any dangerous chemical processes.
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    As long as the fuel doesn't come from some third world shit hole with a religion that wants to redefine terrorism with the wealth they accumulate.

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