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by Enginerd
Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Solar power from both light and heat
Replies: 0
Views: 1372

Solar power from both light and heat

Melosh calculates the PETE process can get to 50 percent efficiency or more under solar concentration, but if combined with a thermal conversion cycle, could reach 55 or even 60 percent – almost triple the efficiency of existing systems. http://news.stanford.edu/news/2010/august/new-solar-method-08...
by Enginerd
Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Favorable Comments made by ONR on Polywell Fusion
Replies: 61
Views: 24352

Enviros are insane. Not insane. Well intended... After all, nobody wants dirty air, and nobody wants oceans covered with oil slicks, and nobody wants poisonous dirt. "Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate ...
by Enginerd
Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Favorable Comments made by ONR on Polywell Fusion
Replies: 61
Views: 24352

93143 wrote:Maybe I've missed something, but wouldn't there be... practical considerations... involved in carrying around 20 T magnets in cars, completely aside from the danger of loss of superconductivity?
As in wiping your laptop hard drive while you drive to work?
by Enginerd
Fri Jul 23, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Favorable Comments made by ONR on Polywell Fusion
Replies: 61
Views: 24352

Lighter weight quick charge power source would be good in the automotive industry. Especially with charging stations becoming available. So the cost is the problem, coupled with the risk of the refrigeration drawing down the power while parked until ... well, until refrigeration fails for lack of p...
by Enginerd
Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:04 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Possibilities for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors?
Replies: 21
Views: 4557

The problem with nukes is that you need very highly trained operators to avoid criticality accidents. Get that one solved and nukes will proliferate. Isn't the exactly the reason why small, unpressurized liquid sodium reactors such as the Toshiba 4S are being built -- to avoid all that tedious worr...
by Enginerd
Thu Jul 22, 2010 2:15 am
Forum: News
Topic: Possibilities for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors?
Replies: 21
Views: 4557

Re: Possibilities for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors?

I believe these Ideas have been discussed here before, but some people might not be familiar with them. Renewable energy such as solar, wind, and biodiesel do not seem to be sufficiently available. Burning oil, gas, and coal not only make a mess, but they also tend to finance despots (both corporat...
by Enginerd
Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:16 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Possible higgs discovery.
Replies: 34
Views: 7210

What I mean is, if I remember correctly, in a Proof-By-Contradiction, you start with two things: 1) one or more things you already know to be true, and 2) by assuming the thing you are trying to prove false is correct (that is, you are trying to prove it's false, so you assume it is true), then sho...
by Enginerd
Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:25 am
Forum: News
Topic: Iter gobbles up more cash
Replies: 9
Views: 2675

jsbiff wrote:Anyone have a link to a good article on *why* ITER is now so over the original budget? Wasn't it originally slated to be about 5 Bn Euro? Now it's up to something like $15Bn?
I'd be willing to produce something that doesn't work for a mere $1 million.
by Enginerd
Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: News
Topic: Any News about Polywell ?
Replies: 104
Views: 25168

I think we all know the best use of polywell is SSTO earth-orbit launcher with high mass fraction. Just sayin' I think we all know the best use of polywell is building power plants so we can have energy to power civilization without burning coal, buying oil from despots in the Middle East and South...
by Enginerd
Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:32 am
Forum: News
Topic: House Bill - Focus On Fusion
Replies: 6
Views: 2513

Re: House Bill - Focus On Fusion

Garamendi successfully inserted language that directs the Department of Energy to create a roadmap for fusion energy production no later than 180 after the release of a National Academies report on inertial fusion energy research . What is this report? Has Livermore been doing IEC fusion research?
by Enginerd
Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:10 am
Forum: News
Topic: Any News about Polywell ?
Replies: 104
Views: 25168

If this contract goes to phase 3 we probably won't hear anything until 2015-18 at the earliest. If the idea is totally dead in the water, producing a shiny new and expensive device which takes more energy to produce fusion then it creates (i.e. just like every other fusion approach to date (other t...
by Enginerd
Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:11 am
Forum: News
Topic: ITER Deep In The......
Replies: 39
Views: 7594

Would you like to share 'in what way' you think it'll work? If built ITER will certainly be able to generate plasma... In that regard I have no doubt it will work. For small values of the word "work". If built, I wouldn't be surprised if the plasma escapes the magnetic containment, melts through bi...
by Enginerd
Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:17 am
Forum: News
Topic: Promethius Fusion Makes The BBC
Replies: 55
Views: 12320

*thumbs up* Just the kind of Press Polywell needs. Except of course for the fact that the article did not mention the word "Polywell" and quoted ITER people as if they were the One True(tm) fusion experts... Only people already in the know would realize the article is describing a homebrew Farnswor...