Sunday, May 01, 2011

Polywell fusion news

As Samizdata's Dale Amon has reported, there has been some news on the Polywell Fusion reactor: well, it is not so much news of progress, but news that progress is continuing.

The Polywell experiment—conducted by EMC2—is currently running at WB8–8.1, with the awarding contract details shown here.
RECOVERY-- Research Development Test Evaluation (RDT&E) Plan Plasma Fusion (Polywell) project. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake has awarded a Cost Plus Fixed Fee contract for research, analysis,
development, and testing to validate the basic physics of the plasma fusion (polywell) concept as well as requirements to provide the Navy with data for potential applications of polywell fusion with a delivered item, wiffleball 8 (WB8) and options for a modified wiffleball 8 (WB8.1) and modified ion gun.

The progress is reported on the US contracts progress page (for all its problems, the US government makes Cameron's promises of transparency look like the obfuscating arse-wibble that it is), which reports that the project is "More than 50% Completed". So, no research continues and no massive barriers have yet been found.

It's also worth reading some of the comments at the Talk Polywell boards—a forum on which R Nabel, currently heading the EMC2 experiments, often posts.

Related posts on Polywell can be found here: Polywell reactor

1 comment:

Kelly Salvage said...

I find it strange that the UK government has ignored this and focused instead on really expensive routes to fusion power like the IREX project where billions have been thrown into the research. The pollywell device does seem like a much more cost-effective alternative and it seems to me that the UK government is putting all its eggs in one expensive basket which may prove to be a basket case.

I think I shall take this up with my local councillor though I wonder if he will have the savy or inclination to look into it. Sometimes I think they are just a different breed of porkies with their snouts in the trough to the lie-buy losers we just voted out.