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Gyro:
It looks as if the UK may be in the running for being the first country to make it's own Sunshine.  :scared:


--- Quote ---Nuclear energy: Fusion plant backed by Jeff Bezos to be built in UK

A company backed by Amazon's Jeff Bezos is set to build a large-scale nuclear fusion demonstration plant in Oxfordshire.

Canada's General Fusion is one of the leading private firms aiming to turn the promise of fusion into a commercially viable energy source.

The new facility will be built at Culham, home to the UK's national fusion research programme.

It won't generate power, but will be 70% the size of a commercial reactor.

General Fusion will enter into a long-term commercial lease with the UK Atomic Energy Authority following the construction of the facility at the Culham campus.

While commercial details have not been disclosed, the development is said to cost around $400m.

It aims to be operational by 2025.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57512229


2025 and $400M sounds pretty optimistic.

ucanel:
  ITER scheculed for 2025 but they started at 2005 with 35 nations and i think the budget is in billions $.
https://www.iter.org/proj/inafewlines

There are very good videos about it at youtube one of them shows the power stations app. Terawatt
https://youtu.be/cvsj0nqHwic

Gyro:

--- Quote from: ucanel on June 17, 2021, 07:53:53 pm ---  ITER scheculed for 2025 but they started at 2005 with 35 nations and i think the budget is in billions $.
https://www.iter.org/proj/inafewlines

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Yes, the article mentions private company frustrations with ITER timescale delays and that it isn't likely to be up and running until 2035. Maybe he has ambitions of being the Elon Musk of nuclear fusion - It's either going to show up the big boys, or be a massive money pit.

Curious that it's planned to be 70% of the size of a commercial reactor though. I could understand a half scale prototype, but 70%? Why not go to 100% if you're building all that infrastructure.

gmb42:

--- Quote from: Gyro on June 17, 2021, 08:12:18 pm ---Curious that it's planned to be 70% of the size of a commercial reactor though. I could understand a half scale prototype, but 70%? Why not go to 100% if you're building all that infrastructure.

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They're avoiding the infamous last 20% that always takes 80% of the time\cost by a safety margin  :)

Gyro:
With the extra 10% margin for added luck, to help with the short timescale low budget. They ought to be able to come up with a 50% model more or less instantly! :D

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