Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Fusion Power On the Horizon...

From Winds of Change:

Sandia National Labs's Z Machine - a key research facility in US nuclear fusion research - has successfully and unexpectedly produced plasmas reaching 2 billion degrees Kelvin - hotter than the inside of a star, and an amount of energy equivalent to as much as four times the energy invested in the process . No one's exactly sure why this happened, of course, but the results have held up over 14 months of additional testing, and understanding the phenomenon could help pave the way for smaller fusion reactors than originally envisioned. Via Peak Oil Rob, who also notes a skeptical assessment of the prospects for fusion research by the late William Parkins, a physicist who worked on the original Manhattan Project.

All I can say is, Ooooo.... Fusion Power! (Well, maybe.)


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