Sunday, December 28, 2008

Energizing Alphabet Soup -CPV, LENR, LHC, NIF

This blog has attempted to bring its readers a smattering of current research and innovation relating to physics and clean energy -from switching on the Large Hydron Collider, through advances in photovoltaic cells, to breakthroughs in hydro-kinetic and wind turbines.
Now, scientists a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California are about to use laser pulses to produce nuclear fusion. Ten times more enery will be released than required to initiate the reaction.
At their National Ignition Facility (NIF) and at a partner facility in England, they hope to demonstrate that lazers can provide a viable energy supply -and that building of nuclear fusion power plants is practical by 2030.