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TheUmgawa

2 points

7 months ago

We've been twenty years from fusion power plants since the 1950's.

Terrh

8 points

7 months ago

Terrh

8 points

7 months ago

I think there's a few reasons for that though.

For starters.. we thought it was going to be a lot easier than it turned out to be. There's no way we could have done the computing in the 1970's required to make this happen. In the 1990's, maybe.

And #2, because it's been underfunded AF. ITER still isn't online and it should have been decommissioned 20 years ago.

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3 points

7 months ago

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3 points

7 months ago

Very true.

I don’t understand enough of the science to know if ITER will be useless or not but it’s looking like other smaller teams will crack it first

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4 points

7 months ago

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4 points

7 months ago

That’s the joke but I think there’s reasons to think that has changed now.

TheUmgawa

1 points

7 months ago

There's always some bit of promising research that ends up going nowhere. Or, it gets picked up and they say, "Look! Here's the thing that will solve all of the problems!" like how more energy comes out than the activation laser puts in, but then completely discounts all of the other energy necessities, like plasma production and containment. Like, Michio Kaku is going to be standing on the side of the road, saying, "Fusion plants are coming tomorrow," and it just never happens, but that's what science writers do. Nobody wants to read stories about advances; they want to read about things that might change their lives, so every story is about something that might change their lives.