Originally Posted by Marvin
Yeah, it will probably be a while before large-scale reactors scale down to pocket-size so the next step would have to be vehicles and home generators but that still would be a good step forward. You never know though, they made a tiny petrol engine the size of a fingernail:
If they get this to work I could see nuclear powered trains, trucks and construction equipment. The process is certainly worth pursuing, even if they don't succeed the science is extremely interesting.
They overcame the heat issues using ceramics. 700 times more energy than a battery and lasts 2 years on a small amount of fuel.
With our luck we will have to put a catalytic converter on it.
An interesting aside; I went to Cabin Fever in York PA, which is a model engineering show with a strong lean towards engines both model and antique. The show is always worth the effort and some of the scale models (functional) are just amazing. Of course nothing that small.
All they'd have to do is say that the device is needed to help with a war and they'd go for it. They'd even approve it if you said it needed stem cells to work. The military budget is enormous and the technology would in fact help a great deal in the military as vehicles wouldn't have incendiary material nor would they need refuelling in remote areas.
There is an interesting flick that Googgle has that goes over the struggles with focus fusion fianacing. Apparently they had some DARPA funding but that got cut because the department of defense isn't authorized to do nuclear research. The department of energy isn't interested because the have their billion dollar projects to fund.
In any event look up the focus fusion talk at Googgle as I probably messed something up. In any event it highlights just how stupid our government can be at times.
But then, the plan falls apart because if you have renewable energy, there's no reason to go to war.
No if you believe the wars in the middle east have anything to do with energy you are mistaken. The issues are complex but one look at Egypt right now should highlight just how volital the area is. There is no certainty to the outcome of the disturbances in Egypt or any other Arab country for that matter. Attitudes to the west could get worst or better.