Rick Nebel, the head of EMC2 Fusion (Polywell), has a few words to say in the comments at Next Big Future about the progress he is making in understanding The Polywell Fusion Reactor and its chances for power production.
rnebelI'm honored Rick thinks that I have made some useful contributions to the advance of this technology.
I believe we will know the answer for the Polywell in ~ 1.5-2 years. I haven't looked at MSimons design, but I know he has a lot of good ideas. We'll probably take a closer look at D-D reactors over the next 2 years.
What most excites me is that we will probably know in two years or less if this technology is viable. That is very exciting.
Bussard's IEC Fusion Technology (Polywell Fusion) Explained
Why hasn't Polywell Fusion been fully funded by the Obama administration?
If you want to learn more about the basics of fusion (Polywell is a little more complicated) may I suggest:
Principles of Fusion Energy: An Introduction to Fusion Energy for Students of Science and Engineering.
H/T Roger Fox via e-mail. You might want to have a look at Roger's video IEC Fusion for Dummies v5.7
Cross Posted at Classical Values