[ RadSafe ] Nuclear fusion coming soon

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Fri Jul 1 10:54:55 CDT 2011

My breath remains firmly un-held.  

I would love for fusion to fly through break-even and become a viable
power source, but there are some non-trivial problems, even if it does.
One is that the most likely form to succeed is deuterium-tritium, which
will, of course, require a steady source of tritium.  While enthusiasts
claim they will be able to breed tritium with neutrons from the fusion
reaction, I am even more skeptical that that will provide all the
tritium needed than I am about fusion in general.  This means that, in
all likelihood, for fusion to be a player in energy production there
will have to be fission reactors to produce tritium. 

On the bright side, it would turn an annoying waste into a resource. 

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Jeff Terry
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Nuclear fusion coming soon

Nuclear fusion only a few decades away cnet.co/iR3Cxc via @cnet. Good
thing we can bank on that one.
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