By now, we've all become accustomed to hearing nears of this or that hot fusion technology achieving a "breakthrough," as hydrogen or helium plasmas are sustained for a few milliseconds. These announcements have become almost routine, and they're usually accompanied by commentary to the effect that if humanity could make fusion work, then the age of petroleum and coal would be in declline; as a percentage of the world's energy sources it would gradually decline. Fusion will never, I suppose, entirely supplant other energy sources, but it will nonetheless cause a revolution in our economic and financial structure.
But all that, of course, depends on being able to make it viable, and to make it viable, those plasmas have to be sustained for a lot longer than milliseconds. In fact, they have to be sustained not just for hours, days, or weeks, but pretty much constantly, non-stop, 24/7.
Nonetheless, this article, found and shared by Mr. G.K., is truly significant, for if China has done what it claims to have done, then the age of mere milliseconds of sustained plasmas is over:
Now, stop and think about that... not a few milliseconds, but 102 seconds... that's one minute and forty-two seconds, and as the article notes, they're aiming for 1000 seconds.
As if this is not significant enough, there's this bit of information:
It's hoped the Chinese experiment will be valuable help in building the much-delayed International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in France. China is a major contributor to the project, which has so far cost over $14bn and is six years behind schedule.
China has expressed irritation at the slow pace of the international project and is conducting its own research in parallel. Unless the international team pulls its socks up, China might well have usable fusion power before the rest of the world.
Yes, that's right, China is a participating nation in the ITER fusion project in France, which, if you've been following the story, is years behind schedule, as the article notes. The Chinese, are fed up, and have struck out on their own. And readers here will recall, they want to build their own version of CERN, even bigger and better.
Stories like this do raise questions, and they also clarify perhaps why the Rockefeller foundations have divested themselves of petroleum investments(or so we were told last year).
One does not need to say anything more here about this development, so I won't, save, that this is definitely one to watch.
See you on the flip side...