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Re: In the race for fusion energy, lightning thunders over lasers
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2011, 12:26:10 PM »
While any of the new fusion concepts would change the world considerably, none would do so more than focus fusion.  Polywell would fit in a ship; focus fusion might fit in a car.  The rest require industrial power plants.

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Re: In the race for fusion energy, lightning thunders over lasers
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2011, 03:12:28 PM »
While any of the new fusion concepts would change the world considerably, none would do so more than focus fusion.  Polywell would fit in a ship; focus fusion might fit in a car.  The rest require industrial power plants.
Would it fit in a Ford Focus, or would a Ford Fusion be a better fit?  ;D

By saying that "focus fusion might fit in a car," what exactly do you mean?  Could a focus fusion plant conceivably be made small enough to power a car?  Or are you simply stating that a focus fusion plant might be no larger than a car?
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Re: In the race for fusion energy, lightning thunders over lasers
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2011, 04:59:31 PM »
Would it fit in a Ford Focus, or would a Ford Fusion be a better fit?  ;D

By saying that "focus fusion might fit in a car," what exactly do you mean?  Could a focus fusion plant conceivably be made small enough to power a car?  Or are you simply stating that a focus fusion plant might be no larger than a car?

Polywell's version of the focus fusion plant is about the size of a small three bedroom home (100MW of power) and LPP's version is 9ft X 3ft X 3ft for 5MW of power (enough for 40,000 homes) the actual reactor is a 3ft cube, with the rest of the generator in the rest of the plant.  Neither uses radioactive fuels, and fusion cannot continue, if the reactors are breached.
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Re: In the race for fusion energy, lightning thunders over lasers
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2011, 11:43:13 AM »
Would it fit in a Ford Focus, or would a Ford Fusion be a better fit?  ;D

By saying that "focus fusion might fit in a car," what exactly do you mean?  Could a focus fusion plant conceivably be made small enough to power a car?  Or are you simply stating that a focus fusion plant might be no larger than a car?
A subcompact, probably not.  But, a semi?  A tank?  With miniaturization, could it be scaled down to power a large truck or SUV?

Make it small enough, cheap enough, and reliable enough to compete, and somebody'll build something around it that people will buy.

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Re: In the race for fusion energy, lightning thunders over lasers
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2011, 01:26:09 PM »
A subcompact, probably not.  But, a semi?  A tank?  With miniaturization, could it be scaled down to power a large truck or SUV?

Make it small enough, cheap enough, and reliable enough to compete, and somebody'll build something around it that people will buy.

Absolutely.  And with that much mobile power, you can do some pretty nifty things.

Like: Israeli's version of a deflector shield, using plasma.  Or using some high powered combat lasers.
Or even have "HoverTanks" :D

a lot of the technologies that would be needed are already being tested with the Joint Tactical Electric Vehicle, aka RST-V (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Targeting Vehicle)
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Re: In the race for fusion energy, lightning thunders over lasers
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2011, 02:51:34 PM »
A subcompact, probably not.  But, a semi?  A tank?  With miniaturization, could it be scaled down to power a large truck or SUV?

Make it small enough, cheap enough, and reliable enough to compete, and somebody'll build something around it that people will buy.
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Re: In the race for fusion energy, lightning thunders over lasers
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2011, 03:06:53 PM »
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