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by usesbiggerwords
Fri Sep 09, 2022 9:01 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Helion Energy to demonstrate net electricity production by 2024
Replies: 225
Views: 32218

Re: Helion Energy to demonstrate net electricity production by 2024

I actually believe Musk is fully aware of the real progress of Helion due to his friendship with Peter Thiel who is a venture capital investor in Helion (Thiel's association with Musk goes back to PayPal). Moreover, Musk's solar and battery business is at high risk once commercial fusion news hits,...
by usesbiggerwords
Thu Sep 08, 2022 4:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Helion Energy to demonstrate net electricity production by 2024
Replies: 225
Views: 32218

Re: Helion Energy to demonstrate net electricity production by 2024

Elon Musk at it again (on Twttr) acting as if Fusion will not be practical, then hawking solar & batteries, which he sells coincidentally, as if they are the only practical solution. This IMO borders on dishonesty. I provided links to Helion, Zap, GF, TAE to start with. Not that I'm defending him, ...
by usesbiggerwords
Tue Sep 06, 2022 3:32 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: 2020 compared with 1920
Replies: 2
Views: 328

Re: 2020 compared with 1920

I wouldn't count the ICE out just yet. Liquid fuels still have a far higher energy density than batteries (which have their own significant environmental issues), and the technology exists now to do both point-of-generation AND ambient atmospheric carbon capture, which can be driven by fusion power,...
by usesbiggerwords
Thu Aug 11, 2022 12:35 am
Forum: News
Topic: ICF contenders
Replies: 3
Views: 1668

Re: ICF contenders

by usesbiggerwords
Tue Jul 26, 2022 9:00 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Kronos Energy - simulations only?
Replies: 4
Views: 599

Re: Kronos Energy - simulations only?

My pleasure, glad someone got a laugh out of it. I, too, saw that first line and had to chuckle.
by usesbiggerwords
Mon Jul 25, 2022 3:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Helion Energy to demonstrate net electricity production by 2024
Replies: 225
Views: 32218

Re: Helion Energy to demonstrate net electricity production by 2024

This video fails to explore why the government researchers act with such pessimistic ignorance; could it be their multi deca-billion dollar, multi decade research contracts would be at risk of being defunded? This is typical with government research in general, and not just in fusion. The self-lick...
by usesbiggerwords
Thu Jul 21, 2022 8:21 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Kronos Energy - simulations only?
Replies: 4
Views: 599

Kronos Energy - simulations only?

I ran across this today:

https://www.globenewswire.com/en/news-r ... Texas.html

It's not a company I've heard talked about here. It doesn't sound like they have an actual device, just some simulations.
by usesbiggerwords
Mon Jul 18, 2022 7:54 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EMC2 news
Replies: 436
Views: 408880

Re: EMC2 news

Has there been any news on EMC2/Polywell lately? I would hate to think site's namesake has finally gone under without ever really having a chance to prove itself.
by usesbiggerwords
Fri Jul 08, 2022 5:31 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Helion Energy to demonstrate net electricity production by 2024
Replies: 225
Views: 32218

Re: Helion Energy to demonstrate net electricity production by 2024

I have first hand experience in the semiconductor industry with turbopumps pumping down to the uTorr range, regularly. No cryo-trap needed. Having a molecular mean-free path on the order of meters is necessary for transistor fabrication. I've also seen what happens when the bearings fail. The blades...
by usesbiggerwords
Fri Jul 08, 2022 4:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Introduction: haven't done this in a while
Replies: 2
Views: 328

Introduction: haven't done this in a while

Hello, everyone! I've lurked here for going on 15(-ish?) years, ever since I first became aware of the Polywell. Finally decided I should sign up. About me: chemical engineer, space nut, general computer nerd and amateur machining/woodworking enthusiast. I like to make stuff. I have to say, having u...