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(The Electric Universe) - LLPFusion - 'Power plants which are simple, cheap, and small .. have no noise, no odor, and no hazard..'

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'..Power plants which are simple, cheap, and small, allowing distributed generating systems. Five megawatt power plants are currently estimated at $300,000 construction costs. This would be the size of a two car garage and have no noise, no odor, and no hazard. Most communities could easily afford to become independent of the power grid, with its dependency and well known risk of failure.'

'Their goal? LPP seeks to develop a type of nuclear power generation which harnesses the power of fusion but does not have any potential military application. They seem on the verge of successfully fusing boron-11 and hydrogen in significant amounts, something which can be proven possible theoretically but verified so far only on the microscopic level. If they pull it off we may be looking forward to the following:

1) Power plants which are simple, cheap, and small, allowing distributed generating systems. Five megawatt power plants are currently estimated at $300,000 construction costs. This would be the size of a two car garage and have no noise, no odor, and no hazard. Most communities could easily afford to become independent of the power grid, with its dependency and well known risk of failure.

2) A generation process which is iterative rather than continuous. It is iterative in the sense that it operates like a car motor. The spark plugs generate power in sequential bursts. If something fails, the process stops. This is in contrast to a continuous process, such as a fire or a conventional fission (uranium) reactor. This iterative process may seem unusual in power generation, but it eliminates many of the safety hazards associated with other generation methods—like boiler explosions and meltdowns.

3) No significant radioactive or toxic waste. The output of this type of device will be a beam of hot x-rays and a beam of alpha particles (helium nuclei), both of which can be used for power generation very efficiently. Another useful output is “waste heat” which could be used for additional power generation or water purification by distillation. However, every few billion atoms or so, small quantities of various other elements are produced, some of which are radioactive. The half lives of these few elements is so short that they evolve into something harmless within three hours. The typical power plant will have to dispose of a small amount of no-longer-radioactive dust each year. We should compare this to the tons per year of long term radioactive waste that we have now from conventional fission reactors.

4) Generation costs projected to be .4 cents per kilowatt hour. This is less than one tenth of costs by conventional means of generation, burning fossil fuels. Even if it turns out to be double that cost, it will not be hard to sell. Being so much cheaper than petrochemical energy sources will make it harder for politicians to agitate for them.

5) Power plants using an inexpensive fuel which has far fewer hazards than using oil, gas, or coal since it is needed only in small amounts. Used to power FF1 will be a boron compound called decaborane, a substance which does have to be handled with proper safety precautions, but no more than is necessary with many other industrial materials. The best news is that there is enough boron in the ocean and a few deserts to power this planet at one hundred times current usage until the sun gives out, five billion years from now.

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The path to fusion power is still looking tortuous, but passable. LPP has so far has two out of the three necessary ingredients for successful breakeven: event duration and temperature. Only the density of the mini-fireball remains below target and they are hot on the trail. They may or may not be the guys who get the prize in the end, but from what I see, they are way out in front, and it seems that the odds are in their favor.

They merit at least a good look.'

- 3.25 Billion Degrees—The Gateway to Fusion, October 6, 2015


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(The Electric Universe) - '..LPPFusion .. one of the leading companies in alternative fusion.' - Plans for 2015

'The discovery by Alfven and his colleague Carl-Gunner Falthammar of the basic role played by filaments of current in the cosmos in the formation of structure from stars up to galaxies laid the basis for understanding filamentation in the plasma focus device..'

- Cosmic Connection

Evidence Against the Concordance Cosmological Model, June 22, 2015


(Electric Universe) - '..In science any and all claims must have clear bases in fact..' - Dr. Donald Scott