'Stellarator' fusion reactor

‘Stellarator’ is a SUCCESS

Scientists have successfully switched on the world’s largest ‘Stellarator’ fusion reactor.

Dubbed Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X), the reactor is designed to contain super-hot plasma for more than 30 minutes at a time.

This week, the reactor produced a special super-hot gas for a tenth of a second.

Scientists hope that, if it can work for longer, it could eventually lead to limitless supplies of clean and cheap energy.

  • CodexCoder

    And how much energy did it take to contain that boundless fusion for that 10th of a second? Not that I don’t wish them success, but they are playing with a very dangerous fire. Think household super nova…

    • mobuyus

      Instead of washroom facilities we’ll be able to shit down a black hole.

      • DD_Austin

        Makes for a rather knoby toilet seat ring though it is easy to find in the dark

    • Norman_In_New_York

      The goal here is to duplicate the energy production of the sun with the same safeguards that the earth’s ionosphere provides.

      • Gary

        Thank you Professor, but we’re still not off the island no matter how many times Premier Gilligan screws up to invest in GREEN items that consume more carbon to build and install than it will ever help reduce .

  • V10_Rob

    The greens will find SOMETHING objectionable about it, so as to nix it as an option.

    To you and me, abundant clean energy sounds great.

    To a green, that means less constraints on humans to build, produce and generally rape Sacred Mother Earth as we spread the blight of our existence.

    • Brett_McS

      There is a long list of materials that the left has had outlawed (a type of air conditioning fluid, asbestos, DDT … there is a list somewhere) – and a longer list that they are trying to outlaw – that are perfectly safe and tremendously useful … and that’s why they are targeted.

  • Brett_McS

    Dense plasmas make a bucket of eels look like a military parade.

  • Clear Thinker

    I remember when they were trying to have plasma for a billionth of a second, this is a huge increase in time.

  • dukestreet

    I am sure that it will take quite a while yet, if ever. But, I remember when it was all considered science fiction. If they can work it out safely, it would be great to have clean energy that has a single byproduct: water. which some parts of the World are short of.

    • Clinton

      Another benefit would be the lessening of demand for oil– so
      all the mideast craphole oligarchies can slide back into their
      well-deserved political, cultural, and economic obscurity. What
      else are they gonna export– sand?

      • dukestreet

        Nothing. We won’t even have to put up with them killing their servant/slaves in our hotels anymore. They won’t be able to afford to travel. Another great by product.

  • HalcyonDaze

    Cheap form of energy. LOL. There isn’t and never will be such a thing so long as people like Aloys Wobben and Zhu Gongshan can figure out a way to make money off of clean, green energy and if isn’t them it’ll be someone or something else cornering the market and making up pay an ungodly amount for their product.

  • FactsWillOut

    Controlled fusion has been 20 years away for 60 years.