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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-19-08 12:48 PM
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29. If the Polywell does what they think it will- if the scaling laws hold true-
We won't need solar or wind power.

Certainly not oil, at least for fuel; we'll be able to use oil as a lubricant only.

Meet the Polywell:



WB-7 producing a plasma using helium as a fuel for testing purposes

The reaction in the core when using boron-11, Bussard's proposed fuel:



We may be on the cusp of true fusion power. This form of fusion, called IEC (internal electrostatic containment) fusion, was being developed under a Navy contract by Dr. Robert Bussard, formerly of the Atomic Energy Commission, and one of the founders of our mainline fusion program, the Tokamak (which he later stated emphatically would not and could not produce net power).

However, with every piece of data the lab's current director, Dr. Rick Nebel (on leave from Los Alamos National Labs), lets slip, the Polywell looks more and more promising.

Assuming the scaling laws Bussard calculated hold true, and brem losses aren't an issue, we will have fusion power.

Here's WB-6, being assembled:

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