There are five main elements to the plots of my books, political corruption, big oil, fusion energy, conspiracy, and high tech computer gadgetry.
Today I will start a discussion on fusion energy.
There is a lot to say about fusion energy. So where to start? I guess I should address all the nay-sayers out there first.
Yes! There is fusion energy out there. Most notably in nature, GOD gave us the sun. But this is not what we want to talk about. We want to talk about man made, control of the fusion process to create electrical energy
Again YES! Fusion does exist. However, it has not been perfected to the point of commercial production of electrical energy as of yet. WHY? More on this later.
There are several scientific projects out there that are working on fusion. These projects are at the top of the list:
1) Lawrence Livermore National Labs/National Ignition Facility: Located in Livermore California, near Sacramento. The NIF is located within LLNL.
Go to Lawrence Livermore National Labs here: www.llnl.gov
Go directly to the National Ignition Facility here: https://lasers.llnl.gov
2) J.E.T. (Joint European Torus) Located in Culham, Oxfordshire, England.
Here is the latest, most comprehensive article about this project and fusion in general. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27138087
3) Igniter: Russian-Italian project located near Moscow. Here is an early article on this project: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/419057/nuclear-reactor-aims-for-self-sustaining-fusion/
There is a very interesting comment in the last paragraph of this article: “…As a result, Igniter can only sustain ignition for bursts of four seconds…” This means that back in 2010 it was working. It was just getting too hot, a cooling problem.
4) I.T.E.R.: International Thermal Energy Research. Located in Cadarache, France. ITER is probably ‘The buzz word’ of fusion energy in the world today. Not necessarily the best project and not without debate.
You can visit ITER here: http://www.iter.org/
As you can see, there is a lot going on in the world of fusion energy. Why haven’t you ever heard about it? We will start asking that and similar questions soon.
Tomorrow I will continue with more on fusion.