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NASA’s cold fusion tech could put a nuclear reactor in every home, car, and plane

NASA’s cold fusion tech could put a nuclear reactor in every home, car, and plane
The cold fusion dream lives on: NASA is developing cheap, clean, low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology that could eventually see cars, planes, and homes powered by small, safe nuclear reactors. When we think of nuclear power, there are usually just two options: fission and fusion. Fission, which creates huge amounts of heat by splitting larger atoms into smaller atoms, is what currently powers every nuclear reactor on Earth. Fusion is the opposite, creating vast amounts of energy by fusing atoms of hydrogen together, but we’re still many years away from large-scale, commercial fusion reactors. (See: 500MW from half a gram of hydrogen: The hunt for fusion power heats up.) LENR is absolutely nothing like either fission or fusion. The key to LENR’s cleanliness and safety seems to be the slow-moving neutrons. According to NASA, 1% of the world’s nickel production could meet the world’s energy needs, at a quarter of the cost of coal. So why don’t we have LENR reactors yet? Related:  Jaderná fůze

Lockheed Martin's new fusion reactor can change humanity forever this is outstanding!! From the military's point of view, you'd be able to run a carrier, or hell, any ship with this and dramatically reduce your fuel costs. If it's the size of a jet engine, they can put it on pretty much anything in the navy's fleet, or on a drone with unlimited flight time? What's the fusion equivalent of a 'meltdown'? This is way bigger than anything military. A fusion reaction requires containment to run, so if the things providing containment (or anything else in the reaction) fail, the reaction stops. Shouldn't really be anything more than some mildly radioactive metal (the linings of a reactor will absorb stray neutrons and become radioactive in a process called activation).

The Future of Nuclear Power Runs on the Waste of Our Nuclear Past High Hopes – Can Compact Fusion Unlock New Power For Space And Air Transport? | Things With Wings The announcement by Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works of plans to develop a compact fusion reactor (CFR) has potentially huge implications for future space and aircraft propulsion. Should the current round of experiments prove out the viability of the physics, then the scale, safety, and power of the concept means that CFRs could one day be used to power space craft on deep-space missions to Mars. They might also be small enough to power large transport and freighters of the future, converting thermal energy through heat exchangers to power turbines in place of combustion chambers. Here Tom McGuire, the inventor and leader of the Lockheed Martin CFR project, explains the basics of the concept. According to McGuire, when it comes to deep space exploration “the grand vision is we can get to Mars in a month, and you can only do that if you have a ton of power.

Nuclear Fusion: 'This is the Adventure Part of Venture Capital' While eating lunch at a recent energy conference with the usual random selection of delegates and speakers, I asked the co-founder of a leading energy venture capital firm what technology he finds most exciting right now. Without hesitation, he began telling me about his company’s ambitious, longer-term bet on a small nuclear fusion company. He then put me in contact with his partner and co-founder, who helped fill in the details for this story. Like so many developments in the energy sector today, a combination of technology and innovative thinking is driving a push toward affordable, clean and reliable energy in the form of nuclear fusion. “Everybody has a right to be skeptical because nuclear fusion is hard, but this has a chance of working,” Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital’s co-founder and CEO, Mike Brown, recently told Breaking Energy in comments about suburban Vancouver based General Fusion. An admitted “part-time science junkie,” the idea caught Brown’s attention.

Thorium-Fueled Automobile Engine Needs Refueling Once a Century - Industry Tap By: David Russell Schilling | October 28th, 2013 Thorium Concept Car - Image Courtesy There are now over one billion cars traveling roads around the world directly and indirectly costing trillions of dollars in material resources, time and noxious emissions. Laser Power Systems (LPS) from Connecticut, USA, is developing a new method of automotive propulsion with one of the most dense materials known in nature: thorium. Cadillac World Thorium Fuel Concept (Image Courtesy Current models of the engine weigh 500 pounds, easily fitting into the engine area of a conventionally-designed vehicle. The idea of using thorium is not new. According to Robert Hargraves, “low or non-CO2 emitting energy sources must be cheaper than coal or will ultimately fail to displace fossil fuels.” Thorium may also be the answer to the world’s nuclear energy conundrum and Wikipedia provides some of its advantages: Thanks for reading! David Schilling

'Skunk power' creates confusion over nuclear fusion 16 November 2014Last updated at 20:53 ET Lockheed Martin is working on a device that could become a compact fusion reactor Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is doing its best to shatter my favourite science cliche. "Nuclear fusion is just 30 years away - and always will be." The advanced projects team at Lockheed, known as Skunk Works, has unveiled a plan to develop a compact, magnetic fusion device in less than a decade. OK, Skunk Works has a history of developing secret military aircraft over the past 70 years, but nuclear fusion? What have they been smoking, you might say. The team believe they have found a new way of squeezing atoms together so they fuse and generate energy, in a small-scale magnetic device. As a result, they aim to build a reactor a 10th the size of current approaches. They argue that their device, which would fit on the back of a truck, could produce 100 megawatts (MW) of power and use just 25kg of fuel in a year. “Start Quote Gassy doughnuts "I don't know in this case.

Steven Cowley: Fusion is energy's future Thorium-based nuclear power Thorium-based nuclear power is nuclear reactor-based electrical power generation fueled primarily by the fission of the isotope uranium-233 produced from the fertile element thorium. According to proponents, a thorium fuel cycle offers several potential advantages over a uranium fuel cycle—including much greater abundance on Earth, superior physical and nuclear fuel properties, and reduced nuclear waste production. However, development of Thorium power has significant start-up costs. Proponents also cite the lack of weaponization potential as an advantage of thorium, while critics say that development of breeder reactors in general (including thorium reactors that are breeders by nature) increase proliferation concerns. Since about 2008, nuclear energy experts have become more interested in thorium to supply nuclear fuel in place of uranium to generate nuclear power. A nuclear reactor consumes certain specific fissile isotopes to make energy. Uranium-235, purified (i.e. Canada[edit]

FabLab Budapest Has Lockheed Martin really made a breakthrough in nuclear fusion technology? | Environment Scientists have responded with scepticism to the announcement of a breakthrough in nuclear fusion by Lockheed Martin. The arms manufacturer announced on Wednesday that it was “working on a new compact fusion reactor (CFR) that can be developed and deployed in as little as 10 years”. But Lockheed’s four paragraph press release and accompanying video are heavy on hyperbole and light on detail. Project leader Tom McGuire, whose company is the Pentagon’s largest supplier of armaments, says the project could usher in a new era of peace and energy security. “As a defence company our increasing mission is to enhance global security and this is how we do that in the energy realm,” says McGuire. But fusion researchers have responded coolly to the Lockheed announcement. Professor Steven Cowley, director of the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire, says he is “nonplussed”. It appears that this is because the reactor in question has not been built and tested yet.

Exciting MIT droplet discovery could turbocharge power plants, airships and more Top engineers at MIT say they have come across a handy effect which could seriously boost the efficiency of a critical piece of kit used in many important technologies. The piece of kit in question is the humble water condenser, which has been in use for hundreds of years: James Watt introduced it to the earliest steam engines, turning them from inefficient curiosities to the motors which powered the Industrial Revolution. Today, condensers are critical to the functioning of most powerplants - and if they can be made better, they could greatly strengthen the case for the reintroduction of airships. In essence, a condenser works by exposing steam to a cold surface. This causes the steam to turn into water, which flows down the cold surface and drips off into a collecting sump. In a powerplant, the condenser is attached to the exhaust end of the turbines which drive the generators. Overall, the condenser becomes more efficient. But what's the airship angle? There's more from MIT here Bootnote

4AM » Listening to data // workshop Kontinuum N+N Workshop #1 – Listening to data A collective reading session where participants will offer their voice for a temporary embodiment of the pseudonymous online identity known as antiorp, integer, =cw4t7abs, punktprotokoll, 0f0003 or m9ndfukc. In an attempt to decypher one of the most singular and enigmatic manifestations of the early World Wide Web, we will work ourselves through a selection of mailing-list fragments and hypertext manifestos, disseminated during the years 1995-2003 across the infosphere. At the end of the session, the recorded polyglot voices will be arranged into a multi-track/cut-up audio piece. Kontinuum N+N is an ongoing research and documentation around Netochka Nezvanova, a distributed personality that haunted the global electronic networks during the years 1999 to 2003, polarizing the online community with her radical software experiments before teleporting herself into the digital oblivion.

Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details | Technology content from Aviation Week Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s insatiable demand for power. Dubbed the compact fusion reactor (CFR), the device is conceptually safer, cleaner and more powerful than much larger, current nuclear systems that rely on fission, the process of splitting atoms to release energy. Crucially, by being “compact,” Lockheed believes its scalable concept will also be small and practical enough for applications ranging from interplanetary spacecraft and commercial ships to city power stations. It may even revive the concept of large, nuclear-powered aircraft that virtually never require refueling—ideas of which were largely abandoned more than 50 years ago because of the dangers and complexities involved with nuclear fission reactors. An initial production version could follow five years after that.