Peaceful fusion may be just 49, and not 50, years away now
This project has been discussed twice on this blog.
In May 2009, I mentioned that the National Ignition Facility in Livermore near San Francisco (StreetView) was activated – Chu and Schwarzenegger couldn't miss this opportunity for self-promotion.
In January 2010, it was projected – and we absorbed the information – that the facility with 192 powerful lasers heating and pressing a piece of hydrogen fuel should be able to produce more energy than what they invest.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the D Day apparently came yesterday. The countdown had to be exciting:
As Fox News, BBC, and a dozen of other major mainstream media told us, they compressed the fuel so that for 14 nanoseconds, it was producing the power of 350 terawatts, hundreds of times exceeding the whole consumption (power) by the United States of America (during the same 14 nanoseconds).
The single blast is cheap – it only costs between $5 and $20 for lasers to blink. You must also add the $3.5 billion price of the facility so it's between $3,500,000,005 and $3,500,000,020. ;-)
So the progress is very promising. The only problem – which will remain a challenge for the future – is the middle word in the name of the facility. It's an "ignition" facility but no ignition has actually taken place and there is a risk that there won't be any ignition seen for those $3.5 billion, ever. Maybe it's not necessary?
Half-a-minute introduction to the project for the busy TRF readers... Those who can afford to spend five minutes, go here.
The next breakthrough will occur once they hire Ron Maimon who will cleverly turn all the lasers off and place the whole facility in a giant refrigerator, starting cold fusion in this way. ;-)