Friday, 22 November 2013

Fusion Geothermal

Fusion Geothermal

Fusion as heat source for Geothermal

Current Situation

Fusion Containment Issues

As for Fusion Power, most directions are stalled at Hi-Energy Containment, near the goal of "getting back more" than the cost of the fields.

Experts believe that it will take several decades before commercially viable operations can occur.

Geothermal; location, location, location

Heat sources not always available

Geothermal electricity production requires high levels of heat. Drilling several kilometers down is often required to reach deeper heat sources.

Fusion Expands Geothermal Opportunities.
Geothermal industry's major problem is needing a natural geological heat source nearby. Pure Fusion can provide artificial geological heat "customized" to more locations.
Fusion Geothermal could provide numerous advantages:
  • Energy available on demand
  • Wide range of possible locations
  • Plentiful fuel
  • No carbon emissions (only helium, hehe)
  • Less costly infrastructure, installations than fusion reactors
  • No highly radioactive byproducts, unlike fission
  • No risk of meltdown
  • Bonus: more experimental fusion data for scientists
  • Bonus: fusion is cool
Additional Consideration:

  • Existing structures such as old mines and oil wells would avoid cost of digging deep holes
  • Some sites may prove unsuitable due to the type of rock, water pockets, or other geological problems.
  • There may be residual radiation from the fusion blast, depending on the type of fusion reaction used.
  • Aneutronic fusion is any form of fusion power where neutrons carry no more than 1% of the total released energy.


Quest for Pure Fusion

Commercial fusion appliances exist
Hundreds of neutron generators, miniature particle accelerators that create fusion reactions using deuterium and tritium, are produced annually for the petroleum industry where they are used in measurement equipment for locating and mapping oil reserves. [wikipedia]

Fusion explosions could be small
It has been claimed that it is possible to conceive of a crude, deliverable, pure fusion explosive, using only current day, unclassified technology. The design weighs approximately 3 tonnes, and might have a total yield of approximately 3 tonnes of TNT. The proposed design uses a large explosively pumped flux compression generator to produce the high power density required to ignite the fusion fuel. [Science and Global Security (1998)]

Fusion power could be done this way using existing technology
Project PACER, carried out at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in the mid-1970s, explored the possibility of a fusion power system that would involve exploding small hydrogen bombs (fusion bombs) inside an underground cavity. As an energy source, this is the only fusion power system that could be demonstrated to work using existing technology (mid-1970s). [wikipedia]




Fusion Methods

Fusion Projects

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