"Due to defunding by the US government, the Alcator C-Mod has now been deactivated" Things like this boil my blood. So much potential in fusion
"We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the sun, you don't have to do anything, it just works. It shows up ... And it's wireless! " Elon Musk
You fail to mention that more energy was put into the device than was gotten out. Perhaps that's why it was discontinued.
I'd love to know how this is filmed and what type of glass is used to make it possible to film.
There is a very large Fusion Reactor at the center of our solar system delivering energy wirelessly around the globe which can be harvested with solar arrays and wind farms. Tough to meter, thogh.
See the ITER project for information on the long-term multi-national cooperative project to provide practical fusion energy.
All of my life fusion has been seen as the energy source of the future. It was described a being just twenty years in the future, where it has remained "twenty" years away. Maybe defunding is the best immediate answer, maybe not. I would however hope that this machine has simply been mothballed so it can be rapidly turned back on when better systems or components become available. And, yes solar, wind, and ocean sourced energy is available now.
Douglas Bennett Rogers
ITER should produce 500 MW of fusion power for about a half hour a day when activated. It is the first machine of power plant scale but won't have steam turbines or run around the clock. DEMO is supposed to be the first grid connected fusion plant, contingent on ITER producing favorable data for around ten years.
...360 degree tour notwithstanding, we've heard this all before- let us know when they actually have an operational electricity producing generator. Zero-point technologies and other renewables will be entrenched before fusion, rendering the Tokamak irrelevant.
Meanwhile, Thorium-based Molten Salt Reactors can do it all NOW!