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China's quest for clean, limitless energy heats up

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Rippleman    3,849

A ground-breaking fusion reactor built by Chinese scientists is underscoring Beijing's determination to be at the core of clean energy technology, as it eyes a fully-functioning plant by 2050.

 

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-china-quest-limitless-energy.html?fbclid=IwAR2Ea2quQ72OMTebGAmilOGHHXHWlIePNrgk_fhh0jXyLFV-zk-FVNXYOB0

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FloatingFatMan    17,965

Knowing how well the Chinese build stuff, I expect this to explode sometime in the next 6-12 months.

 

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slear    30

Why every news about fusion reactors, year after year, talks about product availability in 30 years from now? I will start to look at these news when these two temporal lines will start to converge.

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FloatingFatMan    17,965
58 minutes ago, slear said:

Why every news about fusion reactors, year after year, talks about product availability in 30 years from now? I will start to look at these news when these two temporal lines will start to converge.

They have to put it far ahead because they desperately need a fundamental breakthrough in physics to make the damned things work properly, and it's impossible to predict when or if that will happen.

 

Until then, we're stuck with the things using more power than they generate.

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slear    30

@FloatingFatManCorrect, a fundamental breakthrough in physics is required to overcome the containement problem. Like understanding and taming the gravity force. We need an Einstein that doesn't forget about this little piece of the puzzle

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Matthew S.    775
3 hours ago, FloatingFatMan said:

They have to put it far ahead because they desperately need a fundamental breakthrough in physics to make the damned things work properly, and it's impossible to predict when or if that will happen.

 

Until then, we're stuck with the things using more power than they generate.

Wait, you mean we don't have transparent Aluminum?!

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DocM    16,344
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1 hour ago, Matthew S. said:

Wait, you mean we don't have transparent Aluminum?!

 

We actually do; ALON = aluminum oxynitride, a metal ceramic. Clear as glass 1.6 inch can stop a .50 armor piercing round fired point-blank. Already tested by NASA for spacecraft windows.

 

 

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Matthew S.    775

@DocMI was being sarcastic, and at that was also referencing the super duper strong one from Star Trek 😛

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Zagadka    4,010

Doesn't count until Elon Musk tweets it.

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DocM    16,344
1 hour ago, Matthew S. said:

@DocMI was being sarcastic, and at that was also referencing the super duper strong one from Star Trek 😛

 

So was I

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FloatingFatMan    17,965

That's Transparent AluminIum! :p

 

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Matthew S.    775
On ‎5‎/‎1‎/‎2019 at 12:50 AM, FloatingFatMan said:

That's Transparent AluminIum! :p

 

Sorry Canada has a hybrid dictionary and I used the American version 😛 (it's actually acceptable in Canada to use either variant.  Had to prove someone wrong a few years ago at work for using the US spelling vs English spelling of Jewellery )

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