From: John Burgeson (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Sep 03 2002 - 17:44:13 EDT
Glenn -- you have a lot of data on how the oil supply is running out.
Do you (or anyone) have any ideas on when Nuclear Fusion will replace it?
Below is part of an article in NewScientist I came upon today. It was
published a month ago. What I have been unable to find in a fairly extensive
internet search is anyone making any predictions on when this technology
will go on line and begin producing energy which can be substituted for coal
It only took a few years for nuclear fission to go from the German lab to
the American bomb -- less than six if my memory serves me correctly. Nuclear
fission appears to be tougher. Yet it is apparent that the govts and
industry are spending increasing amounts on the research necessary for its
Fusion reactor breaks duration record
10:50 06 August 02 NewScientist.com news service
A powerful plasma discharge has operated for a world record 210 seconds in
an experimental French fusion reactor. The demonstration is a significant
step toward the long plasma confinement times needed in a practical fusion
Physicists sustained the three-megawatt electric discharge in the Tore Supra
reactor at the Association Euratom-CEA in Cadarache. During that interval,
it dissipated more than 600 megajoules of energy, more than twice the
previous record, also set by Tore Supra in 1996.
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