Tuesday, February 23, 2010

And so they pull a ray-gun out of their hat

Apparently fusion research is starting to pick off with American scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California has seemingly a laser that soon will be used to produce nuclear fusion in a process that could deliver vast amounts of clean, reliable energy in a process fuelled by nothing more than water and the hydrogen that it contains.

Actually fusing hydrogen into helium is said to happen in 2011 or 2012. At this stage the system would be able to deliver 20 times more energy than the laser actually uses. The financial break-even would come in 10 to 12 years when the first laser-powered fusion electricity plant is built.

This fusion technology opens up so many possibilities that even I can look forward to the first human colonies in space during my lifetime. Only to mention one possibility of many.

As I’ve said before this sort of almost free and abundant energy is one of the very few means of breaking free of our current financial dilemma. The only other one is some sort of divine or alien intervention. Thankfully, or sadly, depending on your take on things, it will take too long for any such development to reach far enough and a decade or two (scientist always overestimate their progress) isn’t anywhere near enough time to save our world from total financial collapse.

However, if this news has merits we would have the means to take us out of the depression which creates both possibilities and dangers. A hope for the human race is that we by then have learned the facts, faced up to reality and thrown out all the leftie madness that put us into this mess. If so, most of this century will become the best time ever in human history.

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