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• #### Re: (Score:2)

Heck 500,000 workers on bicycle generators would be enough power to warm up the reactor.
• #### Awsome (Score:3, Insightful)

on Thursday September 28, 2006 @03:39PM (#16235237) Homepage
Good for them.

I hope the test was practical in nature, and will lead to useful contributions from China towards the achievement of practical fusion power.

This is good news. I look forward to following China's future progress and contributions.
• #### Re: (Score:2)

hear, hear.
• #### A Small Step (Score:4, Informative)

on Thursday September 28, 2006 @03:48PM (#16235427)
A fusion reactor has so many challenges behind it that ignition is only a small step towards something useful. Assuming you ignite a plasma you then have to maintain it, keep it stable, and fuel it fast enough to keep it burning. After that you're left with "mere" engineering problems, such as removing ~ 1 MW of heat per m^2 on the walls of the tokomak, making a gun fire a pellet of solid hydrogen into the plasma at one pellet per second, and finally creating a structure that can handle the intense neutron flux so the reactor can survive long enough to break even.

Though ITER is being built soon, it's being designed as its going up. I'm involved with creating an H- ion beam to inject the plasma (called neutral beam injection). The idea is to fire a high energy beam of neutral hydrogen into the plasma to heat it up (neutral so the atoms can travel through the containment magnets without deflection).

So even if the Chinese managed to build a reactor that beats previous records, it's a long while before fusion powers your home. Nevertheless I consider Fusion research to be one of the most important fields; it takes no imagination to understand what it would mean if nations could be powered on water.

• #### In Communist China.. (Score:3, Funny)

on Thursday September 28, 2006 @03:50PM (#16235461) Homepage
... do they call it The US Syndrome [wikipedia.org]

• #### ATTN Scientists: Why wasn't this done before? (Score:2)

I've read this [wikipedia.org] and this [wikipedia.org] and I'm still a little lost. Could someone with a science background please opine as to what significant hurdles scientists have faced in trying to implement fusion technology in the past?
• #### Mr. Fusion? (Score:2)

Any mention of "Mr. Fusion" and a DeLorean in the translation?
• #### Successful Scientific Experiment (Score:2)

But what exactly made this test 'successful' is not clear.
Perhaps it confirmed the scientists' hypothesis by matching their latest, most sophisticated model: that the reaction should generate 12% as much energy as needed to heat the plasma. ;-)
• #### ObColbert (Score:2)

Not only have the Chinese created a fusion reaction, they found a way to stamp it out of plastic for three cents a unit.
• #### Anybody notice the location... (Score:2)

I am surprised that nobody else has taken issue with where the world's very first commercial fusion reactor will be built.

I envision some ill-informed, or just plain stupid, french person getting upset that it will be built in his backyard. He might be afraid of high voltage power lines or something.

I envision Spain folk complaining that they cannot differentiate between the sun coming up, and the ominous glow of their fusion brothers to the east.

I envision German politicians wondering if any funny gasses

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