Nuclear Fusion By 2017!?!

The holy grail of energy, nuclear fusion, is now within reach. It's not some secret project or some theoretical pipedream. Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is developing a compact 100MW high-Beta reactor that should be about 2x2x4 meters - yes, that could fit inside of your living room. They hope to have a prototype working by 2017--that would be enough to continuously power 100,000 homes. Nuclear fusion http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/nuclear-fusion-from-google-lockheed-draper-fisher/12887 Charlie Chase's Google 'Solve for X' talk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAsRFVbcyUY What governments are doing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITER http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Ignition_Facility Subscribe to The Daily Conversation http://bit.ly/WZnLnd Join the conversation on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation Add TDC to your circles on Google+ https://plus.google.com/100134925804523235350/posts Follow The Daily Conversation on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thedailyconvo Fusion power, in theory, would provide a safe, endless power source by mimicking the process of the sun, hurling atoms together rather than splitting them apart as today's nuclear fission technology does. Lockheed's goal is to have the small beta unit in place by 2017 and a full scale prototype power plant in place within 10 years. And ultimately, their goal is for this technology alone to meet global energy demand by 2050. We wouldn't need oil or nuclear power plants or coal or natural gas or any of the dirty old energies of the past. And combining fusion with the emerging renewable energy industry would mean that fossil/nuclear fuels would together get the job done even sooner than 2050--which is probably soon enough to help solve the climate change problem. And this good news gets even better, because it's not fair to single out Lockheed. There are a number of other privately funded startups are also working on versions of fusion that Lockheed is competing against, like: Lawrenceville Plasma Physics; the Jeff Bezos-backed General Fusion; Helion Energy; and the under-the-radar Tri-Alpha Energy, which has backing from Goldman Sachs, Venrock, Vulcan Capital, New Enterprise Associates and reportedly from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. That said, Lockheed's project seems like it is the closest to implementation on a real scale.

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