Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lockheed Promises Commercial Fusion Reactors in Ten Years

This news is on the face of it really exciting. But I can remember being very excited in 1989 about cold fusion. I would think a corporation would be more careful about what they announce than a couple of academic researchers, but you never know. I sent this to a person in the fusion area here at ANU and he said he thought it was pretty exciting too. That actually surprised me, though he is positive on the economics of fusion power, something I was quite skeptical about based on this kind of analysis. Fusion does seem to be technically feasible. The real question is it economically feasible relative to other non-carbon energy technologies.

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