Suppes, a web designer for Gucci, has a unique night job. Suppes is
working to harness the power of the sun in a way that can help fuel
the world. As the U.S. contemplates
its nuclear future and other countries around the world look
to harness nuclear power, the 32-year-old works to build a
sustainable nuclear reactor in his Brooklyn neighborhood. Suppes
tinkers around on his pet project in a warehouse across from
residential apartments on a tree-lined street. It is perfectly
safe, say experts, and as
long as the parts are purchased legitimately, it is all perfectly
legal in the U.S.Nuclear fusion doesn't rely on radioactive
material and would be a clean power source. It does not require
uranium or plutonium fuel, which are required for nuclear fission
reactions. Suppes has used $35,000 of his own funds and
$4,000 that he received from investors to purchase parts that he
bought on eBay for the project. According
Suppes goal is to build a device that produces more energy than it
takes to power it; a goal that scientists have been trying to achieve
for more than 50 years."I was inspired because I
believed I was looking at a technology that could actually work to
solve our energy problems, and I believed it was something that I
could at least begin to build," Suppes told the BBC."I
really started from scratch. I was a web developer. I've always
been interested in this. It's exciting. I've learned so much and
mastered so many skills that I didn't know about before."Suppes
uses a bubble detector to pinpoint the energy, which has been hard to
detect. The bubble detector is gel-filled. A leftover
neutron travels through the gel when fusion occurs and a bubble is
created. Suppes recorded an emergence of four bubbles in less
than three hours in early June. He believes that he achieved
fusion at this time.Bill Gates has made plans to collaborate
with Toshiba to create
a nuclear reactor that wouldn't need to be refueled for 100
years.Suppes is the 38th independent amateur physicist in the
world recognized as creating a working fusion reactor.
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