THE REMAINING STEPS TOWARDS FUSION POWER
Fusion of the lightest elements to form heavier ones can yield large amounts of energy. The most promising method at present is the confinement of a gas (plasma) of the reactants at a very high temperature by means of a magnetic field of toroidal shape. The Joint European Torus (JET) is designed to demonstrate that the necessary standards of purity, of thermal insulation of heating power, and of a density and temperature can in fact be achieved. After successful operation of JET (or any of its near analogues elsewhere) it will be justifiable to mount a serious study of methods of utilizing such a system as the heat source for a major power station. Such a study has two parallel elements: a physics line to establish optimum control of the reacting plasma mass, and an engineering line to determine means of assembling the necessary heat removal, fuelling, and auxiliary services in a practical way. From the present position many of the broad parameters and the relations between them can be established and outline development plans indicated.
Bibliographic Reference: NUCLEAR ENERGY, VOL. 22 (1983), NO. 3, PP. 153-157
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