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Fusion is the solution to nuclear fission plants?
Mar 17th, 2011 at 7:59am
 
DEMO (DEMOnstration Power Plant) is a proposed nuclear fusion power plant that is intended to build upon the expected success of the ITER (originally an acronym for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) experimental nuclear fusion reactor. Whereas ITER's goal is to produce 500 million watts of fusion power for at least 500 seconds, the goal of DEMO will be to produce at least four times that much fusion power on a continual basis. Moreover, while ITER's goal is to produce 10 times as much power as is required for breakeven, DEMO's goal is to produce 25 times as much power. DEMO's 2 to 4 gigawatts of thermal output will be on the scale of a modern electric power plant. Also notably, DEMO is intended to be the first fusion reactor to generate electrical power. Earlier experiments, such as ITER, merely dissipate the thermal power they produce into the atmosphere as steam.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEMO

I want to DEMO this in my back yard!

Wait.....

# Conceptual design is to be complete by 2017
# Engineering design is to be complete by 2024
# The first 'Construction Phase' is to last from 2024 to 2033
# The first phase of operation is to last from 2033 to 2038

Oh......
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