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by mvanwink5
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 145
Views: 35860

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

There are massive magnets and power requirements to run them that would also be useless. A huge mothball effort.

A great monument to Gruberment idiocy and bloat.
by mvanwink5
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 145
Views: 35860

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

ITER has many contracts funded by tax dollars, yet the size of a plant will be so huge that no utility will build it. Once a reasonable sized fusion reactor is proven, what will be the need to continue funding it? Investors don't throw money at projects with the time horizon these fusion reactors ta...
by mvanwink5
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 145
Views: 35860

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

2019! SJ, I hope you are right. ITER will dry up immediately and funding will flow to the others (IMO). There may still be hope for Polywell. So many things will take place with such success announcement.
by mvanwink5
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 145
Views: 35860

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

Norman is supposed to show that they can reach temperature, the next scaled up revision to determine engineering specs, then they build a demo.
A demo late 2020's is huge.

There is enough fossil to not fret.
by mvanwink5
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 145
Views: 35860

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

https://twitter.com/POWERmagazine/status/1019984475302834176 Rick Perry visited Tri Alpha. Why is that important? Obvious. Current fossil push needs a Fusion reality check not being told by the ITER Gruberment bureaucrats... you can bet your last dollar on that. So, why doesn't EMC2 fire up its Navy...
by mvanwink5
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 197
Views: 54156

Re: More Helion Energy news....

"I just want to add that. Clearly Peter Thiel does, or he would not be investing in Helion." You make a good point that it would indeed be easy for Thiel to let key people know the positive status of the Fusion race. That is a good point, but it may be also that he does not want funds to g...
by mvanwink5
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 197
Views: 54156

Re: More Helion Energy news....

"He has no clue about fusion and even if he does, he clearly does not care." None of the politicians or business people have a clue, and the second part of your comment is a reflection of your own imaginings. $$ US were accelerated into ITER, no doubt the money goes to US supplied componen...
by mvanwink5
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 197
Views: 54156

Re: More Helion Energy news....

TAE Copernicus is a huge machine, which surprises me, which shows my ignorance on the details. But Helion is going for small, 50 MWe, (net?) which is perfect for incremental installations for utilities, especially smaller one, co-ops, municipals, yet Helion seems to think utilities would not be inte...
by mvanwink5
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 145
Views: 35860

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

SJ, I realize you are not a fan of Toks. Just bear in mind that anything that helps Toks helps all other competing approaches. So Toks will always be in near dead last place. Great science projects though. The other point was that net power is only important if the fine print engineering has real so...
by mvanwink5
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 145
Views: 35860

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

Tokamaks have a size and first wall problem that lurks in the fine print where the real world lives. No Tokamak gets anywhere close to beta = 1. Some Toks will look good but only when compared to other Toks. Toks have really good lobbyists and high paid cheerleaders.
by mvanwink5
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 145
Views: 35860

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

It looks like modeling software and hardware power have reached the point that the forward progress speed has jumped. That includes GM, TAE, EMC2, and likely Helion although I have not heard that from them (all these guys seem cutting edge on plasma). It is hard to say from my stadium seat view how ...
by mvanwink5
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 145
Views: 35860

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

From Skipjack's link above “We are looking over the next 12 months to reach the milestone that Norman was designed for,” TAE Technologies CEO Steven Specker told GeekWire. TAE is targeting plasma temperatures in excess of 50 million degrees Celsius (90 million degrees Fahrenheit). That would be the ...
by mvanwink5
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 197
Views: 54156

Re: More Helion Energy news....

Pressure is on, at least the top 3 discussed here seem to be neck and neck and I don't think being first is being taken lightly. One might even guess that sandbagging might be taking place on their public target dates.

But is is win-win for us which ever one is first.
by mvanwink5
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 145
Views: 35860

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

Norman is supposed to be ahead of schedule on its target temperature, but the final, PB11 target temperature, is an order of magnitude higher and will require a new machine. Norman is to prove temperature scaling while maintaining plasma longevity. The narrative is that the cause of being ahead of s...
by mvanwink5
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump
Replies: 846
Views: 73002

Re: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump

If it effects his golf game he will lose weight.

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