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by Skipjack
Thu Jul 29, 2021 1:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: We lost so many members :(
Replies: 0
Views: 8

We lost so many members :(

Over the dry years, where there was little fusion related news we unfortunately lost a lot of cool members. The long periods where this forum has been down did not help either, I am afraid. I have also noticed that Talk-Polywell does not appear much in google searches anymore. It is sort of sad that...
by Skipjack
Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 307
Views: 214824

Re: More Helion Energy news....

Took the liberty to find Helion's Antares facility on Google Maps and mark the (estimated) location and scale of Polaris next to it.
by Skipjack
Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 307
Views: 214824

Re: More Helion Energy news....

Great find! There are some nice bits of information in here. New large manufacturing facility for fusion generators and components, named Antares and a nice visualization of Polaris(?) in action. Looks like there will not just be one, but 3 fusion generators! Incredibly hard push forward! I for one ...
by Skipjack
Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:59 am
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 307
Views: 214824

Re: More Helion Energy news....

The Seattle times has another interesting tidbit about Helion's plans: Their Fusion generator will only need an engineering Q of 3! Kirtley said the goal is for the company’s fusion systems to produce three times the amount of energy that has to be put in to operate the machinery. https://www.seattl...
by Skipjack
Tue Jul 27, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: News
Topic: General Fusion in the news
Replies: 511
Views: 262147

Re: General Fusion in the news

I am pretty sure that they do have the technology to separate the Tritium from the other isotopes already. Their patent lists a few of them: Suitable techniques include but are not limited to cryogenic separation, mass quadrupole separation, inversion-ion cyclotron extraction, and as well as a host ...
by Skipjack
Tue Jul 27, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 307
Views: 214824

Re: More Helion Energy news....

https://www.king5.com/amp/article/tech/science/environment/clean-energy-power-plant-new-fusion-technology-breaks-ground-everett-helion-shell-energy/281-f87735b7-35c1-4740-ad47-a84cbdb911d8 Just to make sure that this is clear. The author of the above article is wrong. This prototype will NOT (and I ...
by Skipjack
Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Tokamak Energy news
Replies: 141
Views: 154202

Re: Tokamak Energy news

Meh... IIRC, TE is aiming for >20 Tesla fields, not just 6 to 7. So the author is already off the mark with that one. And 200 MWe is not exactly "tiny". It is a commercially relevant scale. Whether Tokamak Energy will be commercially successful depends on the final plant configuration. Personally, I...
by Skipjack
Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Fusion devices are not "nuclear fusion reactors"
Replies: 13
Views: 326

Re: Fusion devices are not "nuclear fusion reactors"

Yes, it will be interesting to see how that plays out in the end. I too think that it can not hurt with the public perception. The most important part, though is the way the NRC views future fusion power plants from a regulatory POV. Particle accelerators and other nuclear equipment that are not cla...
by Skipjack
Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Fusion in Shipping
Replies: 13
Views: 389

Re: Fusion in Shipping

From what I understand, they could hold their charge for years if properly disconnected from the circuit without any current leakage through some of the switches somewhere. Now, I have only ever thought about this for Helion's reactor (and this my own guess here, based on what I know), then the capa...
by Skipjack
Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Fusion devices are not "nuclear fusion reactors"
Replies: 13
Views: 326

Re: Fusion devices are not "nuclear fusion reactors"

I mean, it can't hurt to do it.
It feels weird to me to not say "fusion reactor" or "nuclear fusion" anymore after almost 40 years of talking about that topic.
by Skipjack
Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Fusion devices are not "nuclear fusion reactors"
Replies: 13
Views: 326

Fusion devices are not "nuclear fusion reactors"

This is an interesting thing I have stumbled upon today: The Fusion Industry Association and the NRC are making a move to not label fusion devices "reactors". Instead the words "accelerators" or "generators" are to be used for them. For one that is because the NRC has pretty strict rules for what de...
by Skipjack
Thu Jul 22, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Fusion in Shipping
Replies: 13
Views: 389

Re: Fusion in Shipping

This is a bit confusing. They list "30 kCi of Tritium gas" as the capacity. At 9600 Ci/gram that would be 3 grams, no?
by Skipjack
Thu Jul 22, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter
Replies: 854
Views: 403362

Re: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter

I agree. I really like how open they are about their progress and failures too. That is why supported them. Plus they have achieved a lot with very little money.
by Skipjack
Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: News
Topic: Fusion in Shipping
Replies: 13
Views: 389

Re: Fusion in Shipping

It also depends on the ships. I am speaking mainly of newest container ships. I have been in the engine room area of several 12000+ TEU ships (and few bulk carriers) and they can hardly be considered accessible if you need to move something bigger than 2 meter as it is all stacked under the superst...