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Sadly, there will be a 35 year delay

Britain ‘only 15 years away’ from world-first nuclear fusion plant
Science minister claims that investors and engineering companies are now ready to accelerate pace of UK’s ambitious energy plan

10 thoughts on “Sadly, there will be a 35 year delay”

  1. Optimist.
    If fusion were possible, there would have been a pilot plant operating in 1960.
    And so far, it’s only worked for about 1 second maximum.
    It isn’t going to work.
    And it only needs to be pointed out that fusion is a slow-motion H-bomb for opposition to grow.

  2. @ED: “fusion is a slow-motion H-bomb”

    But it isn’t. Once a bomb has started going off there’s no way you can stop it. Fusion reactors on the other hand need more care and attention to keep them going than an elderly pet with failing kidneys. That’s why we don’t have working ones on Earth.

    We do have a perfectly working one 93 million miles away, fuelled up for another few billion years.

  3. Oh.. It might be working.. It’ll also prove to provide almost no bang for your buck.

    As an instrument for fundamental research it’s useful. As a way of generating power Earthside? Not so much.

    Get over it.

  4. Holy shit! These people really don’t have a clue. Either that or they’re liars. Perhaps both.
    Here in Brum it’s taken the best part of 10 years to put down a single tram line. A technology thats a hundred years old. And even then they fucked it up and had to redo parts of it.
    Do they seriously think we believe they can get this working, and producing power in 15 years?
    From the guy who’s our Science Minister? Words fail me.

  5. Actually, functioning fission plants were built 70 odd years ago. Why not build them and wait until some unknown genius makes fusion work?

  6. He obviously knows nothing about the field. My fantasy is that government could co-opt people with the right skills and judgement for these kind of roles. Say someone who had run a successful medium-sized engineering company for a couple of decades. But it is just a fantasy – govt haven’t got the imagination to do that, and such a qualified person would leave after a week once he found out how bad the Civil Service is at this stuff.

    I’m reminded of the experiences of Kate Bingham running the vaccine taskforce. She had terrible problems with stupid and nasty pols like Hancock and civil servants who didn’t understand this stuff so they covered their arses in bureaucracy.

  7. “The timeline of completion by 2040 has always been regarded as optimistic but speaking at West Burton, where Step will be built in place of a coal power plant, Mr Freeman signalled a desire to move even faster.

    They’re going to close a functioning power station and replace it with something that’s even more unicorn farts than renewables (which, although worthlessly shit overall, do actually produce some power occasionally). It’s complete lunatic Lysenkoism and / or outright corruption.

    Working in fifteen years or lions, you cunt.

  8. “I’m reminded of the experiences of Kate Bingham running the vaccine taskforce. She had terrible problems with stupid and nasty pols like Hancock and civil servants who didn’t understand this stuff so they covered their arses in bureaucracy.”

    The irony is that if the bureaucrats had successfully buried the vaccines under a tsunami of paperwork they would actually have done the world a favour…………..

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