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South Korea on the Verge of Unlimited Energy Breakthrough

by Robert Jonathan, Natural News:

Scientists in South Korea have reportedly made a breakthrough toward harnessing an unlimited source of safe and clean energy via nuclear fusion.

The Korean Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) reactor apparently set a world’s record recently by holding superheated plasma in a steady state for 70 seconds.

If implemented into widespread use, the nuclear fusion process — which is an alternative to nuclear fission and the radioactive waste that accompanies it — could revolutionize the energy delivery system by among other things also presumably eliminating reliance on fossil fuels and all the geopolitical, economic, environmental, and social ramifications that go with it.

Deploying the nuclear fusion technology in residential and commercial settings won’t happen tomorrow or the next day but it is no longer in the realm of science fiction because “research such as KSTAR proves that the burning of star-like fuel can be achieved and contained using current technology,” the Daily Mail claimed.

The KSTAR facility is located about 100 miles south of Seoul, and the reactor is capable of generating temperatures of up 300 million degrees Celsius (approximately 540 million degrees Fahrenheit) for plasma blobs.

Plasma blobs are held together by magnetic fields, according to Interesting Engineering, thereby creating helium atoms. The energy thus released is theoretically capable of generating “unlimited” power.

“Containing this ultra-hot type of matter is key to unlocking nuclear fusion, so it’s a big step forward in our attempts to make this clean, safe, and virtually limitless source of energy something we can rely on,” Science Alert explained, adding that this mode of operation could conceivably generate nuclear waste-free power for a millennium using just seawater, as long as the appropriate safety and sustainability controls are in place. Moreover, there is apparently far less risk of a plant meltdown using nuclear fusion technology.

“To put it simply, nuclear fusion is the process that makes the sun shine, with the nuclei of small atoms, such as hydrogen, squeezed together and heated to an extreme degree such that they fuse to form larger nuclei and release a burst of energy…Conventional nuclear power plants depend on materials such as uranium or plutonium to create the fission to generate energy, but the radioactivity of the resulting fragments are considered a crucial drawback. In a nuclear fusion reaction, however, problems about waste disposal are greatly minimized,” The Korea Times explained.

As Natural News has chronicled previously, traditional nuke plants here and abroad have introduced hazardous waste into the environment, so any discussion of nuclear power, conventional or otherwise, is bound to become immediately controversial.

Nuclear waste disposal is a hot-button issue, as it were, and has long been at the heart of opposition to nuclear power by environmental groups, suggesting that fusion process, if it fully proves out, might be a solution acceptable to all constituencies.

Parenthetically, Australia is reportedly considering building a gigantic nuclear waste storage facility in the sparsely populated southern part of the country. Some people believe that gathering nuclear waste together in one site makes it easier to secure, control and keep track of, minimizing the possibilities of widespread radiation exposure across multiple cities, and reducing the chances of these dangerous materials getting into the wrong hands and used in a dirty bomb. Others feel that the health concerns of radiation exposure are simply not worth it.

In a statement about what appears to be a new nuclear fusion benchmark, South Korea’s National Fusion Research Institute lauded the KSTAR reactor record as being in the “forefront in steady-state plasma operation technology in a superconducting device. This is a huge step forward for realization of the fusion reactor.”

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8 comments to South Korea on the Verge of Unlimited Energy Breakthrough

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Here’s something you can own RIGHT NOW. Solar panels for as low as 38 cents per watt.

    Here’s something you can own RIGHT NOW. Solar panels for as low as 38 cents per watt.
    (so, if your home would need 8,000 watts of panels to become 100% independent of the grid, those panels would cost you $3,040 plus shipping.)

    Then you add all the other “stuff” for about $3,500 more, and you’re done. If you find that you need 10,000 watts of panels, then it’s just about an extra $1200 for panels and “stuff”.

    You ROI, is typically less than 7 years and is equal to getting more than 8% “return” on your “investment”. WHERE in the F**K can you get 8% in this world right now? And have it “in your hands”? And it’s not a contract, or an IOU, or an FRN, or a digital stock “certificate account”, it’s REAL stuff in your hands, and it eliminates your electric bills.

    You can get a solar hot water heater for less than $3000 too. Some are as cheap as $800. The cheapest ones, cannot be on a pressurized system, but even the cheap ones have a 30-50 gallon tank on it. The expensive one, fits into a pressurized system with a 50 gallon stainless steel storage tank and should last longer than your kids will be alive.

  • videoctr

    We need to get away from a central grid distribution of power paradigm and make personal power systems that eliminate the power grid entirely. has me fascinated with their power generation technology. It is still being developed though.

    • Craig Escaped Detroit

      Yes, there are all kinds of fluffy fairy tales in the wind, but I prefer “meat & potatoes” on the table right now.

      Solar panels are a mature & well developed system and available all over the world, and is SO well developed that it’s “price” has dropped SO low that it’s cheaper than buying power from the grid. “They” used to say that it would never be “competitive” with grid power, but that is no longer true. It’s a rare gift when technology brings something to the common people at a price the is competitive to, or cheaper than TPTB systems.

      Solar panels systems are one of those gifts for the common homeowner. It’s not free, but it’s still an 8% “ROI” and that’s “in your hands”.

    • videoctr

      Watch this video on, story produced by CNN. –coincidentally

      • Craig Escaped Detroit

        I have no doubts that there will be some kinds of “new energies” that will eventually come to the market. We are long overdue for it.

        Whether or not this is one of them? I hope it is. But I am not holding my breath.

        I did listen to what they said, “it’s using some catalyst” to get the water-hydrogen atoms to do this or that, and then they get a plasma type discharge brighter than the sun, which is then converted to electricity by SOLAR CELLS inside the ‘globe’.

        So, it still needs solar panel technology to convert the “light” (photons) into real electricity.

        Anything that puts out MORE usable energy than what goes into it, will be the thing that breaks the energy monopolies of the world. There have been many others who have claimed to have discovered or invented such things, yet they have all failed to be true, or to become available to the markets.

        In the “here and now”, if anybody wants to be independent and make their own power, standard solar panel systems are a proven and competitively priced technology that anybody can order everything with a credit card and hook up everything and be totally independent in less than 30 days from the time it arrives at their door…and it starts paying for itself from “day ONE” at a rate of about 8% “ROI”.

        Solar is not a wish, it’s not waiting to be developed. It’s sitting in the warehouses and stores, just waiting for anybody to call up and buy it.

        It’s good to be excited and happy about the future, but it’s even better to be self sufficient in the “here and now”.

  • Ed_B

    Yes, we can own solar power cells right now, BUT… commercial fusion power could be an incredibly cheap source of electrical power such that the ability of solar cell companies to survive that kind of competition is doubtful.

    Still, as a “right now” solution, solar cells are hard to beat IF you live in an area with good amounts of sunshine. Where I live it is often overcast, sometimes even in the summer. While solar cells will still work here, their effectiveness is not nearly as good here as it might be in a sunnier climate, such as Southern CA, AZ, NM, TX, LA, AL, FL, GA, etc.

    Something that would be of considerable value, however, would be a small solar set-up that can run a bar-sized refrigerator, a few LED type lights, a power tool or two, and a battery charger system for all the electronic do-dads that we all seem to have, as well as flashlights and other very useful things. Something in the area of 1,000W output would likely be good. This would not be running any furnace, A/C unit, or clothes dryer but it sure would be handy in a pinch. Small, affordable, handy, and easy to care for. What’s not to like? 🙂

    • Craig Escaped Detroit

      @Ed, If you’d find & look at the national sunshine/annual daily average-hours maps/charts…you’ll find some surprises, such as parts of Colorado are some of the best areas. Parts of southern Michigan are better than Ky & Tn.

      I could not find any worthy “bar sized” refrigerators because they ALL use more energy than my “17.5 cu-ft” G.E. fridge!

      I checked at least 100-200 Fridge Energy Star kw-hr annual consumption rates, and the most efficient models consume about 1kw-hr / day, (17-19 cu-ft models…370kw-hrs/year), is far better than the BAR SIZED model (5 cu-ft) that consume more than 400kw-hrs / year.

      Stay away from the side-by-side models as they have some of the worst efficiencies.

      Smaller physical size fridges have terrible efficiency. My 17.5 cu-ft GE can be run on just about a 300w solar panel each day, and to make up for dark days, I’d double or triple my watts & have some battery storage. total outlays for the triple wattage system would be about $500-600.

      You may be able to boost a fridge’s insulation with external foam board & increase the “stay cold” hours for times when you lose power. always put an ‘indoor/outdoor’ thermometer probe inside with the display outside & you’ll not have to open the door for a reading.

      In the Pacific NW, you’d probably need to double the wattage of your solar array, and increase your battery storage. (solar charts use the word “insolation” to describle the hours & energy density of sunshine reaching the surface).

      I hope this helps.

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