The latest nuclear fusion enthusiasm


in Economics, Geek stuff, Politics, The environment

I have written about nuclear fusion as an energy source before:

Periodically, however, there are news stories about supposed breakthroughs in fusion technology with the potential to be rapidly and affordably deployed, potentially curbing climate change.

I have seen enough of these stories in my life to be pretty skeptical, but this can be a thread for keeping track of and discussing them.

Here’s the latest: Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

. October 15, 2014 at 10:41 am
. October 16, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Lockheed Martin Says It’s a Decade Away From Compact Nuclear Fusion. Here’s Why You Should Be Skeptical.

The giant defense contractor promises smaller, more efficient reactors. But experts are cautious about getting too excited.

Mahajan called Lockheed’s announcement “poppycock.” He said, “Getting net energy from fusion is such a goddamn difficult undertaking,” he said. “We’re all aware that there’s always a finite chance of some breakthrough which is beyond the powers of imagination.” But if there was a genuine breakthrough, he said, “we’d be screaming from the treetops.”

. October 16, 2014 at 8:05 pm
oleh October 18, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Thank you for providing this information about a potential technology that could help curb climate change.

Do you think Western governments are doing enough to encourage a potential breakthrough in nuclear fusion?

Milan October 19, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I think talk of a near-term breakthrough is nonsense, and evidence of how easy it is to get the media to buy into a story with little evidence to back it up.

That being said, more should be invested in the multi-decadal program of getting projects like ITER to work.

. October 26, 2014 at 11:37 pm
. October 27, 2014 at 5:57 pm
anon November 6, 2014 at 12:59 am

If your machine isn’t throwing neutrons, it’s not achieving fusion. Relatively straightforward test.

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