The I T E R. Nuclear Fusion Project

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  1. Frank Sanoica

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    World’s Largest Nuclear Fusion Experiment Clears Milestone
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    The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor is under construction in southern France. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

    "A multination project to build a fusion reactor cleared a milestone yesterday and is now 6 ½ years away from “First Plasma,” officials announced."

    "The section recently installed—the cryostat base and lower cylinder—paves the way for the installation of the tokamak, the technology design chosen to house the powerful magnetic field that will encase the ultra-hot plasma fusion core."

    “Manufactured by India, the ITER cryostat is 16,000 cubic meters,” ITER officials said in a release. “Its diameter and height are both almost 30 meters and it weighs 3,850 tons."

    "Officials say the ITER nuclear fusion reactor is poised to be the most complicated piece of machinery ever built."

    One must wonder at that last quote: does that fact almost guarantee failure? Controlled fusion schemes have been built and failed numerous times during the past 50+ years. My other concern is: the extreme cost involved to produce electrical energy. Who will be able to afford it? One of the world's largest nuclear power plants, built west of Phoenix when we lived there, wound up costing almost 5 times the projected cost of $4 billion. It's operation has resulted in sharply increased costs passed on to the consumer. Frank

    See: https://www.scientificamerican.com/...WFUI11lqXeZF9l0xz2oEqJxOYXEwONA05zGhgZiMWWfBE
     
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    They are going too keep goofing with the concept until they blow something up.
     
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    @Bess Barber
    That they already did in the 1950s! ;)
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