MIT Breaks A World Record For Nuclear Fusion

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    The record was broken on the day the reactor was scheduled to be shut down. Scientists working at MIT's Alcator C-Mod experimental fusion reactor have broken the world record for fusion pressure. This achievement came on the day the reactor was scheduled to be shut down. Nuclear fusion power has long been sought as an alternative to current energy sources, but the extreme conditions required for it to work have made efficient fusion power impossible to obtain.

    Fusion reactions are the power source that fuels the Sun, and the only way fusion power can reliably work is in high-pressure and high-temperature environments like the Sun's core. MIT's Alcator C-Mod experiment was an attempt to create those conditions in a laboratory. Recently, the experiment succeeded, generating two atmospheres of plasma pressure. This pressure brought the plasma to a temperature of 35 million degrees Celsius, close to the threshold of 50 million needed for commercial fusion power. MIT's reactor has been performing fusion experiments for more than 23 years, but due to budget cuts it was shut down a few weeks ago, on September 23.


  • ITER will tell us for sure whether fusion - produced in a regular tokamak - is a feasible (read possible) option for commercial and widespread use.

    Even if it is a possible and a viable option, it will be a good 30-50 years away before a fully functional reactor is feeding into any grid. Considering the time-frame (50 years may be too late) and the necessity to move away from fossil fuels as soon as possible, we really need to start utilising more and more renewable energy resources.

    If we can prove that we can successfully harness renwables between now and then; when (/if) the fusion reactors come online, that will give us the boost in energy we need to potentially take our civ a (very very small) step towards a Type I designation.

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    Tim are you a secret genius ?

  • Mavis said:

    Tim are you a secret genius ?

    Haha nah just you're regular old geek like most people on here :P

    How you been anyway bro? Need to set up another London catch up!

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