European Union Proposes Laser Fusion Project

25 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>European Union Proposes Laser Fusion Project</h1><p>April 24, 16:45 EDT (EIRNS)--European laser fusion scientists are seeking funds from the European Union to build the High Power Laser Energy Research Project,, an international laboratory which will demonstrate the feasibility of laser-ignited fusion as an energy source.</p><p>In thermonuclear fusion, deuterium and tritium, two isotopes of hydrogen, are fused together, releasing an enormous amount of energy in the process. There are two principal methods used to achieve this type of fusion: magnetic confinement and. In the latter, laser beams are used to compress and ignite the fusion fuel.</p><p>The HiPER project is intended to parallel the international magnetic fusion tokamak project called ITER, now under construction in Cadarache, France. The HiPER project plans to achieve a self-sustaining fusion reaction with a net production of energy by 2010-2012, making use of a new fast ignition method.</p><p>The Economist magazine gave a boost to the project in its April 21 edition, but snidely questions if the $1 billion price tag for HiPER is "worth such costs."</p></div></body>