The ITER Power Amplification Myth
Date: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 20:12:31 EDT

Steven B. Krivit ( writes: Dear Vlad,

More than $20 billion will be spent on the ITER fusion reactor, now under construction in southern France. The ITER reactor has been publicized to give the impression that it will produce ten times the power it consumes. It will do no such thing. The reactor is designed to produce only 1.6 times more thermal power than it consumes in electric power. With a more conservative calculation, the reactor will lose more power than it produces.

Three independent sources have confirmed the power values:

1. Daniel Jassby, former principal research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
2. Hartmut Zohm, head of the Tokamak Scenario Development Division at the Max-Planck-Institute of Plasma Physics.
3. Steven Cowley, chief executive officer of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.

Thank you,

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