Saturday, July 30, 2005

Nuclear Fusion tutorial

After almost a decade of debate, finally the decision has been made to construct the next generation of ITER in Cadarache, France. The project will cost between 10 and 13 billion $, and is  funded by Japan, the United States, South Korea, Russia, China, and the European Union.
While the time for a commercial reactor is far ahead, when successful, 1 kg of deuterium in a fusion reactor provides the same energy output as a 1 MW wind turbine (a 100 ton construction) over 20 years. With 5 tons of deuterium, all electricity needs for a city of 1 million could be met for 20 years.
A short but good tutorial on the subject can be found on Utilipoint >>

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