The experimental fusion reactor. Max Planck Institute

Germany’s Fusion Reactor Creates Hydrogen Plasma In World First

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Germany have successfully conducted a revolutionary nuclear fusion experiment. Using their experimental reactor, the Wendelstein 7-X (W7X) stellarator, they have managed to sustain a hydrogen plasma – a key step on the path to creating workable nuclear fusion. The German chancellor Angela Merkel, who herself has a doctorate in physics, switched on the device at 2:35 p.m. GMT

h/t XX

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Unless they are planning on using it to make their immigrant problem go away…
    There is a metaphor in there… somewhere.

    • Limitless fuel?

      • simus1

        The usual nonsense.
        Fusion power has huge problems to overcome. Producing constant fusion is difficult enough and that is just the lowest hurdle to get over. Rarely mentioned are the unhelpful facts that that all the hardware close by involved with creating radiation free fusion power generation will become intensely radioactive over time and the metals and alloys needed to cope with these severe conditions are still problematical. Plus all necessary maintenance and repair activities within the fusion area will require “radiation proof” robots whose service life under such conditions may be surprising short.

        • Ouch I had no idea of those hurdles.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Yeah, fusion is a nuclear engineers “windpower”.
            Fusion has been 20-years away for almost 50-years now.
            Fusion bombs kind of easy.
            Fusion reactors, not so easy.

        • Justin St.Denis

          That just for starters!

        • UCSPanther

          True. The Soviets tried using a skid-steer loader rigged up with a RC system to clean the heavily irradiated carbon rod fragments off of the roof of the building over Reactor 4 at Chernobyl.

          It only lasted a few hours before the intense radiation fried the electronics and rendered the drone useless

      • Canadian

        Good one!

  • ntt1

    another great gift to the new germans .They will utilize it as usual to stable goats and as a handy latrine.

  • Achmed

    This is a Muslim invention that was described by Mohammud (Peace Be Upon Him) in the Sira!

    Where would all you kaffirs be without Islamic science?

    • Canadian

      In a much better place.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Yup. Like a place where “Islamic Science” is a comedy routine at JUST FOR LAUGHS.

        Oxymorons like “islamic science” and “muslim peace” piss me off big time.

  • andycanuck

    BTW, is getting your photo taken while laying flat on a physicist called “Max Plancking”?

    • Brett_McS

      Is this Max Plancking?

  • eMan14

    It’s a shame that when Merkel turned on that switch, she didn’t become one with the plasma.

  • Maggat

    I find this confusioning.

    • Brett_McS

      It’s a natural reaction.

  • Brett_McS

    So that Cold Fusion thing didn’t work out? Stupid chemists. Back to filling scripts, lads.

  • mauser 98