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The Future of Energy

By NuttBoxer follow NuttBoxer   2018 Oct 30, 8:49am 1,267 views   11 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


Interesting read on the startups attempting to fuse atoms to create the next energy breakthrough. Personally, I'll side with Musk on improving use of solar.

https://www.bloombergquint.com/technology/nuclear-fusion-financed-by-billionaires-bill-gates-jeff-bezos#gs.DbixFRw

1   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2018 Oct 30, 8:54am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Where's my bendable screen that looks like a sheet of paper?
I suspect our Tech journalists are liars and cheats. That over hype and over sell everything.
This is just more nanotube, space elevator, bendable screen reusable paper, and everything else they have oversold over the last 2 decades.
Even our Solar Power technology didn't improve spite the billions Obama gave his crony buddies to make Solor affordable, and the battery technology better.
The only thing he did was stop China from selling us cheap Solar panels.
2   Goran_K   ignore (3)   2018 Oct 30, 8:56am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

We produce enough energy, we don't STORE enough energy. A huge portion of our energy bleeds off in the power grid, lost as heat, because we aren't able to store it for later.

The next breakthrough in energy will be newer ways of storage.
3   NuttBoxer   ignore (2)   2018 Oct 30, 9:16am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Goran_K says
The next breakthrough in energy will be newer ways of storage.







Read Musk's quote at the bottom of the article. Seems to be his focus.
4   NuttBoxer   ignore (2)   2018 Oct 30, 9:17am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Tenpoundbass says
Even our Solar Power technology didn't improve spite the billions Obama gave his crony buddies to make Solor affordable


Are you saying that government handouts don't drive innovation!?
5   rd6B   ignore (1)   2018 Oct 30, 9:40am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Goran_K says
The next breakthrough in energy will be newer ways of storage.

I don't see how, even though I have colleagues who work in this field and occasionally go to their talks. If you confine a lot of energy in a small space, it becomes dangerous.

NuttBoxer says
Interesting read on the startups attempting to fuse atoms to create the next energy breakthrough. Personally, I'll side with Musk on improving use of solar.


I am not that positive on solar, unless you live in desert. Fusion thoughcould solve all our energy needs, but it has huge engineering issues.
6   rd6B   ignore (1)   2018 Oct 30, 9:41am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

NuttBoxer says
Are you saying that government handouts don't drive innovation!?

Fracking which all of us are very happy about nowadays, came out of DoE funding of fundamental science and its applications in 1970's.
7   FortWayneIndiana   ignore (2)   2018 Oct 30, 9:45am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Looks promising. They got to find a way to make it cheaper to run the plants. Because energy costs only gone up because of the maintenance costs, not generation costs.
8   Goran_K   ignore (3)   2018 Oct 30, 9:49am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

dr6B says
I don't see how, even though I have colleagues who work in this field and occasionally go to their talks. If you confine a lot of energy in a small space, it becomes dangerous.



With current technology.
9   Strategist   ignore (2)   2018 Oct 30, 10:07am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Tenpoundbass says
Where's my bendable screen that looks like a sheet of paper?
I suspect our Tech journalists are liars and cheats. That over hype and over sell everything.


Calm down Captain, Rome wasn't built in a day.
10   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2018 Oct 30, 11:59am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

NuttBoxer says
Are you saying that government handouts don't drive innovation!?


It did we've hit a brick wall, We're seeing a reversal of Moore's law.
The great innovation of the 20th century was spured by the Space programs and grants to innovate new technology for it.
Now that Uncle Sam isn't footing the bill for it. They said private industry would spur the next round of innovation. But what we're seeing is the wholesaling of old technology.
Our bleeding edge advantage is slipping. Elon Musk isn't building better Rocket Ships, he's buying stockpiled NASA rockets, and repurposing existing technology to use on it.

If our Government's reversal on space exploration had happened after the moon landings and we never had the Space Shuttle program. We would not have Cell Phones and Satellite Communications and many other things today.
What will we miss out on in the future because we let Lobbyists hijack our Space exploration efforts?

We've exhausted our stock of new technology we don't have any new tricks.
11   Shaman   ignore (2)   2018 Oct 30, 12:42pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I want to power my DeLorean with a Mr. Fusion.

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