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80 Times World's Electricity: For 1Bth of a sec

 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 9:37 am    Post subject: 80 Times World's Electricity: For 1Bth of a sec Reply with quote

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061212/NEWS/612120356/1007/dateline&cachetime=3&template=dateline

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Sandia’s machine is producing 80 times the world’s output of electricity, but only for a billionth of a second. If researchers can get higher temperatures, they postulate that it’s possible a fusion reactor could be created.

And since the raw material needed for the reaction is saltwater, power would be made cleanly and efficiently. Half a bathtub full of seawater in a fusion reaction could produce as much energy as 40 train cars of coal.

“If you get virtually unlimited power from seawater, you won’t have trips to Mecca, so to speak, by American politicians for our energy needs," said Singer, referring to the U.S.’s dependence on international oil for energy.
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