Sunday, November 01, 2015

Max Planck's Experimental Hot Fusion Reactor

Germany’s Max Planck Institute is starting up its Wendelstein 7-X experimental Stellarator fusion machine that could out-perform tokamak reactors. The latter have never generated more energy than input, and the initial W 7-X is not expected to either.
The stellarator technology (superheating plasma to over 180,000 degrees Fahrenheit while using super-chilled magnet coils to contain the plasma) has been under development since the turn of the century and is being hyped as the energy source of the millennia. Princeton, Oak Ridge, and Los Amos are now partners in an experiment with projected costs of over one billion euros.
Although the mega-euro Stellarator reactor is a strong contender in the crowded hot fusion energy race, it is more likely little Leonardo Corporation will be marketing its practical LENR product (the E-cat) decades before a Stellarator is deployed.

Update February 3, 2016
Hot fusionionists excited about Stellarator prospects:


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