One really great potential of unlimited, cheap fusion is that other things could potentially come ” riding – in ” on the back of it.
For example, not everybody wants to get their electricity from a centralized source. While a fusion reactor small enough to fit in a garage is certainly smaller than something like Three Mile Island or a large coal – fired plant, it’s still too big for an individual homeowner who wants total independence from the grid. However, photovoltaic solar panels are expensive to manufacture in large part due to the energy intensive process of extracting and refining ulta – pure quality silicon. But if focus fusion makes cheap and unlimited energy and silicon possible, then cheaper photovoltaics could then ride on the back of fusion.
Another example : Although it may never happen if the government DEA keeps up their absurd anti – hemp policy, focus fusion could assist in helping to grow more hemp for just about anything and everything in a more environmentally sound manner than is done today : food for a hungry population, building and construction materials, and renewable transportation fuels like biodiesel and butanol. This could be achieved if focus fusion can produce unlimited fresh irrigation water from the sea. Dump plenty of water on the deserts of the American Southwest and it becomes a major hemp growing region ( algae ponds, too). Dump water on the dry Australian Outback and you have a second major growing region. Pour water onto the Sahara Desert of Northern Africa and it becomes a third major industrial hemp growing region …… so that all the poor in Africa now have plenty of food, construction materials, and renewable transportation fuels. Many other areas could produce more as well.
I could probably go on and on about all the other energy and fuel sources focus fusion could help to create. Such as hydrogen from seawater. Or even extract CO2 from the ocean to produce renewable transportation fuels like I discussed in some other post.
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Oh, and there’s the other alternative fuel that I forgot to mention riding in on the back of focus fusion:
It has often been said that hydrogen is not a real energy source, but only more of an energy CURRENCY. Just a method of energy storage …… and a very bulky, impractical and uneconomic method of energy storage at that. No large naturally occurring deposits of hydrogen exist anywhere on earth like coal, oil, natural gas, uranium or thorium. All hydrogen has to be produced from already existing energy sources.
However, hydrogen could come one step closer to looking more like a real energy source …… in it’s own right …… if it rides in on the back of some other cheap and plentiful energy source. Focus fusion could potentially produce unlimited cheap hydrogen.
There’s no sense in wasting good natural gas. It’s a limited, finite fuel, too. Just like oil. And although it produces less greenhouse carbon dioxide for the same amount of Btu’s of energy, it still produces CO2 nonetheless. But hydrogen may be made to flow through existing natural gas pipelines with very little modifications. Today, natural gas is used in industry for all kinds of high temperature processes : melting glass, metals and other materials, as well as firing ceramic materials. Natural gas might be substituted for hydrogen in many of these applications. All this valuable methane is too important a chemical feedstock for making rubber, plastic, petrochemicals, etc. than to mismanage and squander it all by simply burning it up. Cheaply mass – produced hydrogen from focus fusion might help to remedy the problem as a natural gas substitute in the future.