Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamos

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Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

Postby TallDave » Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:33 pm

Ironically, this may actually make Polywells slightly less viable.

Remember, a major PW selling point is the reactor size, because of the distribution problems of really big reactors. If you make the distribution problem smaller, bigger reactors make more sense.

Of course that's all marginal next to the challenges of getting net power in the first place.
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Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

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Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

Postby DeltaV » Tue May 14, 2013 12:51 am

The latest from April 13, 2013 -

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Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

Postby Tom Ligon » Sat May 18, 2013 2:01 am

None of you have mentioned the most futuristic aspect of this.

Now we know why the Enterprise transmits power all over the ship using plasma conduits. :D

Although, considering how many consoles explode in a shower of sparks, maybe a bit of AC power should still have its place.

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Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

Postby TDPerk » Sat May 18, 2013 2:18 am

"Now we know why the Enterprise transmits power all over the ship using plasma conduits. :D"

Well someone is quite pleased with himself.
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Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

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Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

Postby edmeserve » Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:00 pm

It looks like Nebel is giving a talk today at the American Physical Society Annual Meeting.

http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/DPP13/Session/UP8.115




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Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

Postby Diogenes » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:17 pm

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Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

Postby D Tibbets » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:25 pm

More tidbits. Why Nebel left EMC2 is anyones guess. I believe he was chief scientist at the time, not CEO, and perhaps only salaried/ independent contractor. He may or may not have had any potential financial gains with EMC2 success. It seems more likely he is now in a more potentially financially rewarding situation.

As for size, Bussard compared the Polywell to a fission reactor core for energy density. Of course that doesn't consider the steam plant if needed. I suspect a gas turbine (jet engine) may be the most energy dense generator, but you need to supply huge quantities of fuel.

What is the Bismark device?

And a dated but perhaps interesting link to an oil industry site:

http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/ ... usion.html

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Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

Postby Diogenes » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:28 pm

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Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

Postby Diogenes » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:29 pm

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Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

Postby D Tibbets » Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:05 am

Perhaps more information on Nebel's current efforts:

https://nimrodteam.org/meetings/team_mt ... tionv5.pdf

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Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

Postby DeltaV » Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:36 pm


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Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

Postby Carl White » Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:43 pm

So, if Rick Nebel knew firsthand that the Polywell works was going well, would it make sense to start work on transformer technology? Given the prospect of the arrival of abundant, inexpensive energy? Or is it a hint that perhaps the Polywell work is not going so well as might be hoped?

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Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

Postby mvanwink5 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:31 am

Carl, there is more than one well funded fusion project shooting for commercial by 2020. In fact, other near term VC funded fusion efforts may have a better chance of grabbing the brass ring from Polywell. For instance I would count General Fusion Corp as a strong contender for succeeding. So, I think Rick just had an interest in his other projects, but that is just my own thinking.
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