Giant magnet strong enough to lift an aircraft carrier on its way to France, it will form the core of the ITER prototype fusion reactor:
> the plan is to create 500 megawatts of usable energy from an input of 50 megawatts.
seems ambitious to skip past 1x straight to 10x. i've always doubted we'd have a productive fusion reactor in my lifetime but maybe i'm wrong! 2025 seems pretty close, i'm excited to see how far this technology gets.
In comparison, typical fission reactors produce around 3000-3300 MW of thermal power and use thermodynamic cycles with efficiencies in the range of up to 38%, with about 5-8% of the produced gross electrical energy used in the plant itself; for net produced electrical power one can roughly take the figure of 1/3 of the thermal power (i.e. 1000-1100 MW for a typical reactor).
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