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    Re: The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    It will cost more per kWh so we're never going to see it.
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    Re: The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    This is very cool....And it is 'clean energy' I can get behind producing...I think we should go after this like the race to the moon in the 60s.....Remarkable.
    Sadly the left will oppose it just like they do drilling for oil.
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    Re: The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    Quote Originally Posted by WillyPete View Post
    This is great, but we haven't scratched the surface of proven options like Thorium reactors, which have been around since the '60s and are superior to Uranium reactors in just about every way possible, including safety and fuel efficiency.

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    If we'd dumped this kind of development money into Thorium reactors they'd be powering cities today, not "maybe useful someday."
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    Re: The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    Sadly the left will oppose it just like they do drilling for oil.
    Its clean, why would the left oppose it? The left is opposed to some oil drilling, its true, but typically if its going to harm the environment (though for the life of me I can't understand why that's a left/right thing) and generally because its dirty and its crude, and there are so many options for renewable and clean energy.
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    Re: The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    My home is solar powered 17 years now. It works swimmingly. The people critical of solar power have never used it. I am surrounded by people with solar homes, none of which would go back to the dependency and occasionally problematic, let alone expensive grid power they left. Free from the potential spying and increased control of the smart meter.
    There is a world of difference between powering a single home and integrating an energy into the grid. Your available space is large, your energy needs small, and you are only responsible for yourself. This approach is not feasible for lets say a large city unless you can find a way to integrate it into the power grid which aside from having several issues that need resolving also needs to be much cheaper than it is today.

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    Re: The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    Quote Originally Posted by RogueWarrior View Post
    The goal of the NIF has nothing to do with generating nuclear power. It is a front for weapons research.
    It isn't a 'front' for weapons research. You have it backwards, it's a weapons research facility that is really a front for fusion research. At the end of the Cold War and the impending curtailment of federal funds for our nuclear facilities and atomic laboratories scientists and congressional allies colluded to create programs that had a national security/nuclear stockpile angle but really functioned for completely different purposes. So NIF was born, as was MESA and DARH all of which were ostensibly created for proliferation or weapons design purposes, all of which have poured the bulk of their efforts into civil research. Their military narrative is a useful way to keep funding flowing.

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    Re: The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    There is a world of difference between powering a single home and integrating an energy into the grid. Your available space is large, your energy needs small, and you are only responsible for yourself. This approach is not feasible for lets say a large city unless you can find a way to integrate it into the power grid which aside from having several issues that need resolving also needs to be much cheaper than it is today.
    I don't believe I said anything about powering a city. Read closer.
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    Re: The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    Then I have some bad news. Note this paragraph in the article you gave.

    Hurricane’s current output, although more than the hydrogen fuel put into the reaction, hasn’t yet reached the stated goal to achieve “ignition," where nuclear fusion generates as much energy as the lasers supply. At that point it might be possible to make a sustainable power plant based on the technology.

    Big leap for fusion: more energy produced than spent igniting fuel | Ars Technica
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    Re: The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    Sadly the left will oppose it just like they do drilling for oil.
    Sadly the right will oppose it just like they do solar, wind, hydro, thermal...
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    Re: The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Serious View Post
    Then I have some bad news. Note this paragraph in the article you gave.
    Yep, years away from ignition, and even more away from a commercial application.

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