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by Mike_P
Thu May 03, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Focus Fusion news story
Replies: 296
Views: 53364

From my point of view the main reason that there are so many folks involved in the Tokamak design is because it's one of the projects that perpetually runs into more complexity as it goes along. Having decades of experience in writing code for real-time control systems I can tell you with some autho...
by Mike_P
Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:21 am
Forum: News
Topic: Focus Fusion news story
Replies: 296
Views: 53364

Actually the issue with the ITER is not its size, large as it might be, it's that the design isn't conducive to steam generation on a continuous basis. Looking at the supercooled magnetic rings that are required to contain the plasma field I'm stumped as to how they expect to also squeeze in 1000 de...
by Mike_P
Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Focus Fusion news story
Replies: 296
Views: 53364

So what we are really saying here is that economies and political states (ie Iran, Saudia Arabia, Russia....) will go the way of Rome and collapse under the weight of their social offerings once the revenues from exporting gas and oil disappear or are substantially reduced. Having spent some time in...
by Mike_P
Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Focus Fusion news story
Replies: 296
Views: 53364

I have often seen the opinion expressed here on these forums that the oil industry will be devastated by the introduction of a commercially viable fusion power source. As nice a fantasy as this might be it is far from what reality will show us. Even if today we hear that the pb11 fusion problem has ...
by Mike_P
Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:22 am
Forum: News
Topic: 2011 IEC Confrence slide presentations are now up
Replies: 50
Views: 13021

Re: Power losses

SOrry for the nubie question, but when the presentation talks about "Bremsstrahlung losses ≈ 1/3 fusion output power", is this effectively x-ray energy? Yup. The ions undergoing fusion are mixed with electrons of roughly the same temperature. When these electrons collide with the ions, they emit x-...
by Mike_P
Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 2011 IEC Confrence slide presentations are now up
Replies: 50
Views: 13021

Power losses

SOrry for the nubie question, but when the presentation talks about "Bremsstrahlung losses ≈ 1/3 fusion output power", is this effectively x-ray energy?
by Mike_P
Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:05 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 2011 IEC Confrence slide presentations are now up
Replies: 50
Views: 13021

The 6.6m break even radius size would seem indicate that the building needed to house the reaction chamber would be aprox. 90 foot on a side minimum. What throws me a little is the scaling of his diagram on page 2. Does anyone know how big that object is?
by Mike_P
Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:05 am
Forum: News
Topic: A 100 GW D-T Plant
Replies: 96
Views: 15891

Hmm. You couldn't be thinking of the Hatch Geothermal Power Plant ? Reportedly, thus far it is consuming 4MW to produce 5MW for Anaheim. Nowhere close to 100MW... Nope.. Just small power projects that would allow independence from the grid if a blackout should occur. In California we have a rough t...
by Mike_P
Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:02 am
Forum: News
Topic: A 100 GW D-T Plant
Replies: 96
Views: 15891

Besides that, 100 MW is pretty small by power plant standards, most nuke plants range from 850MW-1.4 GW in the US. Actually I've had several conversations with people in the power industry and they have indicated that many of their customers are asking for co-generation projects in the 100 MW range...
by Mike_P
Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:57 am
Forum: News
Topic: A 100 GW D-T Plant
Replies: 96
Views: 15891

Here is the summary of the last conversation I had on costs: The cost of building a 100 megawatt Polywell reactor can estimated to be about $50 million by assuming the following: 1. The vacuum pumping system for the reaction chamber costs about five million dollars. 2. A set of super conducting magn...
by Mike_P
Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Favorable Comments made by ONR on Polywell Fusion
Replies: 61
Views: 24312

It could just have been a convenient graphic to pop into the presentation
by Mike_P
Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Favorable Comments made by ONR on Polywell Fusion
Replies: 61
Views: 24312

I received an email back concerning the symposium: --- The Engineering the Total Ship 2010 Proceedings will be available for purchase within the next two weeks. We will notify you once they are. The Proceedings are $25 for members and $50 for non-members. --- It looks like it will take $50 to satisf...
by Mike_P
Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:44 am
Forum: News
Topic: Favorable Comments made by ONR on Polywell Fusion
Replies: 61
Views: 24312

Did anyone think to ask for the minutes of the panel discussion that took place? Normally these are recorded and sold later to the participants of the conference.
by Mike_P
Sun Jul 18, 2010 2:40 am
Forum: News
Topic: Favorable Comments made by ONR on Polywell Fusion
Replies: 61
Views: 24312

In a recent conversation I had with a legislative aid to Senator Feinstein. He told me how the Secretary of Energy had asked the Navy about the latest nuclear power plants that they were researching. To which the Navy responded that their research nuclear powers would be 100 times more expensive and...
by Mike_P
Sat May 22, 2010 12:23 am
Forum: Fund-Raising
Topic: Public Policy Paper for Congress
Replies: 1
Views: 7571

Public Policy Paper for Congress

Hi All, Maybe you all can answer a question for me. I'm going to DC the week of June 14th and will be speaking to a number of members of congress as well as the Heritage Foundation about alternative energy policy. In particular I'm going to be pitching for more funding for the polywell research. Is ...