Monday, 25 May 2009

How did I miss this ?

...In the south of France, there is a large international fusion effort underway named ITER (Latin for “the way.”) The project was originally agreed to by Francois Mitterrand, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher in 1985, and was officially launched in October 2007...as part of an international collaboration between France, the US, Russia, the UK, the EU, India, China, Korea and Japan. In 2010, the first concrete will be poured.The deuterium will be heated to 150 million degrees centigrade, forming plasma (decomposed hydrogen atoms) which will be contained by electrical and magnetic fields inside the Tokomak pictured left. (Note the size on the person at the bottom right in the picture above.) The plasma particles combine in a fusion reaction to form helium, and release vast amounts of energy in the process – which is captured as heat and used to generate electricity...and the future ?
...The construction work on ITER is expected to come to an end in 2017. A commissioning phase will follow that will ensure all systems operate together and prepare the machine for the achievement of the first plasma. ITER's operational phase is expected to last for 20 years. First a several-year "shakedown" period of operation in pure Hydrogen will be run during which the machine will remain accessible for repairs, in order to test the most promising physics regimes. This will be followed by operation in Deuterium with a small amount of Tritium to test sheilding provisions. Finally, scientists will launch a third phase with increasingly frequent full operation with an equal mixture of Deuterium and Tritium, at full fusion power...more here...

...The legacy of Reagan and Thatcher lives on. If ITER is a success, then it will effectively move humanities energy generation into overdrive, and the promise of abundant energy "too cheap to meter" will come very much closer... More from WuWT here...

5 comments:

KG said...

And I bet this has the greenies crapping themselves...

Rich Kozlovich said...

Good post. I will link it for my newletter. Rich

Ayrdale said...

Yes, this is the green nightmare. Plentiful, safe, cheap energy that invigorates economies and raises living standards.

Green bad dreams in profusion, or should that be pro-fission...

P2O2 said...

This is a Holy Grail of tokamak/fussion advocates. They will never deliever expected results. A waste of money. It will end with a big failure.

The only way to get the energy is thru small highly efficient nuclear reactors consuming 90% fuel. The more the better. Also breeder reactors should be taken into consideration.

Do not ask me for the details. The whole subject waits in "my queue" of subjects to be read more thorougly yet and published on my blog under the category of EduPaths. :)

Have a look into the following websites for the time being:

http://nextbigfuture.com/
http://thoriumenergy.blogspot.com/
or
search my blog for nuclear reactors.

Regards

Ayrdale said...

Thanks P202. I look forward to your posting on this. It certainly slipped in under my radar, and looks like an international effort. I'll check those sources you mentioned.