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EU to Fund Laser Fusion

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:20 am
by MSimon

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:22 pm
by jlumartinez
An interesting interview about that :

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:05 pm
by PMN1
A bit annoying really....

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:02 pm
by Nanos
At least there will be overlap on research, as it mentions;

> Additional areas of research for post-HiPER devices include practical
> methods to carry the heat out of the target chamber for power
> production, protecting the device from the neutron flux
> generated by the fusion reactions

I wonder where it will end up being built in the UK.

And at least its not JET too.

I can only see it strengthing the case for Polywell, if the EU is prepaired to put that much money in, then the rest of the world will see it as perhaps an area they should invest in too..

I notice they have a forum, perhaps hanging out in there as well and generally giving a good professional apperance, could help Polywell by simple association factor.

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:00 pm
by MSimon
I have contacted a British MP on this and suggested that IEC was a better bet.

No response so far.

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:11 pm
by Nanos
Perhaps polywell research can tag along with it in some way.

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:52 pm
by jlumartinez
I agree with Nanos. Any investment in fusion is indirectly good for Polywell. If all countries start a "race" to get fusion energy maybe some of them will bet for tokamaks, some for lasers and maybe some for IEC fusion. I compare this with a snowball: we have to help to start rolling on and it will grew more and more

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:13 pm
by MSimon
So far I have found 3 countries with IEC programs.

Japan, Australia, and USA.

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:10 pm
by PMN1
The HiPER website

says it will push forward development of lasers and materials science, any want to hazard a few guesses as to other spin offs apart from energy?

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:20 pm
by MSimon
Laser weapons defensine/offensive are obvious.

In fact that may be the main purpose of this project. Energy generation may just be a cover to get the work into the civilian budget.


Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:04 pm
by MSimon
"Using purely current technology, fusion reaction is 10-20 times more expensive than conventional atomic reactors using nuclear fission, yet costs are expected to be brought down with technological advances," he said. The goal of ITER is to bring costs down to the levels of current nuclear reactors by the mid 2030s.

The government, meanwhile, said it spent 309 billion won ($329 million) since 1995 to make the device at the lab in Daejeon, 160 kilometer south of Seoul. It will spend a further 35 billion won every year for the next 18 years to run tests on KSTAR. ... 0070913008