Source: Defense News
quote: JET is the only operational machine to observe fusion from D-T (Deuterium-Tritium) reactions. Such fusion reactions have been maintained on JET for around five seconds. Experiments in a device called TFTR in Princeton, USA also observed fusion neutrons from their plasma but TFTR is no longer operational. The next step tokamak (ITER), which has been designed and should be built in the next ten years or so, will demonstrate much more powerful fusion reactions for 5-10 minutes and will, hopefully, provide the stepping stone to commercial fusion powerplants
quote: I want you to think up an idea that will produce the necessary power for a large ship, without mining something. Whether it be oil, coal, or Uranium. There really isn't anything, is there?
quote: Nuclear power these days is really as safe as anything else. Are there risks? Sure there are risks but there are risks with anything anymore.
quote: You would need MASSIVE wind and solar farms.
quote: I just don't like the fact we are moving from one fuel to another, and the effects that mining for it has.
quote: Uranium ain't going to last forever, you can only mine it out of the ground once.
quote: Wave, Hydro, Geothermal... Geothermal is probably the one that interests me most. It's a GOOD replacement for nuclear if they get the research in so that they can be built in more places.
quote: Hydro is limited by location, but hell if they can build it they should instead of a nuclear plant, it also can provide good base load power.
quote: Basically instead of going 100% Nuclear everywhere, they should use whatever green alternative that works best in any given location.
quote: 2. Quiet. Diesel engines are only run in emergency circumstances, and coolant pumps and turbines are actually very quiet. Quiet, so that they cannot be found.