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Germany just switched on a nuclear fusion machine

Did you notice it ? I didn't, until I bumped into this posting on Facebook: "Germany just switched on a revolutionary nuclear fusion machine ".
Will this replace nuclear plants AND all these wind power stations in the future ?

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Guess all the developing countries in particular are watching these developments. There are a large number of countries that are on shared loading as we speak.

Sounds like an exciting development, but wonder, if successful, how long it will take to develop it for commercial application.
deanhills on Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:13 pm
After reading the article,
and found out that it's only a concept unit which used to contains plasma longer than those previous designs.

The rest parts of building a power plant are still not built or maybe not designed yet.
Hope it could be finished faster and my country could afford to build it.

People argues the nuclear fusion power stations and fossil fueled power stations for a really long time.
rx9876 on Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:44 am
"This plasma was maintained for around one-tenth of a second."
If they can ever maintain control of 'hot' plasma long enough to actually produce energy?
I don't nuclear 'fission' plants or wind mills going away in my lifetime.
standready on Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:45 am
Yes folks, I agree, looks like we are far away from real practical and commercial use of fusion reactors. Amazing to read though in Wikipedia that research in nuclear fusion started in the 1920th. And a lot of money already went into this:

In the EU almost 10 billion was spent on fusion research up to the end of the 1990s, and the new ITER reactor alone is budgeted at 6.6 billion total for the timeframe between 2008 and 2020

We probably need at least another 50 years, if not another century, before we see usable applications of nuclear fusion:
It is estimated that up to the point of possible implementation of electricity generation by nuclear fusion, R&D will need further promotion totalling around 6080 billion over a period of 50 years or so (of which 2030 billion within the EU) based on a report from 2002.
amagard on Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:57 pm

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