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Talk-Polywell.org • WB-8 and WB-9
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WB-8 and WB-9

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:26 pm
by bobshipp

Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:14 pm
by Jboily

Re: WB-8 and WB-9

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:39 am
by Roger

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 4:49 am
by MSimon

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:51 pm
by bobshipp

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:53 am
by bobshipp
At this point in time, there appears to be some reason to believe that there will be a next small step. The question is when and what? If that step needs to have a large power supply to drive and cool the magnets, then that might be the new major expense that needs to be funded.

The Navy may not have enough funds available in the short term to take that step now. However, there maybe another option available. The Navy could partner with an electric utility that has those power needs easily accessible, available, and the research funds necessary to interconnect.

I bring up this possibility because in my area a pulp mill has just ceased operation leaving a large generation facility and all the interconnections in place. We also have an aluminum smelter that has a pot line that is standing idle but all the power needs are in place.

One of the amazing things about this web site is the number of people it reaches. I am sure there are others who know of similar circumstances and maybe even in the backyard of the present site. They could post what they know about and that would allow the powers that be to contact them.

I just recently counted the new members for one day and got 61 incredible.

One last thought on the Navy partnering. I am familiar with the arrangement in the late 50's and early 60's between the Navy and the University Of Washington's Fishery department for classified underwater research. It worked well. Another partnership in our area between the Navy and a utility with a little local publicity might pique the interest of Bill Gates or Paul Allen. Enough said.

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:11 am
by MSimon
bob s,

Where are you located?

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 1:51 pm
by bobshipp

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:04 pm
by MSimon

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:29 pm
by bobshipp

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:06 pm
by drmike

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 3:14 pm
by bobshipp
Agreed, If there is enough money. But the Navy may not have enough money now. So a partnership with a Utility and/or a University might be in order to get the money now. Thus saving humanity sooner.

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:34 pm
by KitemanSA

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:59 pm
by bobshipp
Faced with the task of writing a proposal for the Google Project 10 to the 100th Contest, I needed to name what I was proposing. I finally settled on having EMC2 build a "Duodecahedron Polywell Whiffle Ball Boron Fusor."

Recently, Joe Strout pointed out that a polywell is not a fusor, so I had to rethink what this scenario should be called.

It came to mind that ITER has its Tokamak. So, why shouldn't IEC have a similar type name? What would be more appropriate than to call it a Bussard after the late Dr. Bussard?

So, now if my proposal is selected as one of the 100 finalists to be voted on by the public starting on January 27th, then for press release purposes the proposal would be for EMC2 to build WB-8 as a "Duodecahedron Boron Bussard." A Bussard would be explained to be a whiffle ball polywell that uses inertial electrostatic confinement to produce power.

I would appreciate any other suggestions or comments.

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:28 pm
by b2f