Why Elon Musk should build a nuclear fusion reactor in Texas
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore's National Laboratory have about two - thirds of the way to overcharging a nuclear fusion reactor.
If you do not jump out of your seat, that's fine. The science community has been pushing fusion for decades and, like many technologies, it always is about another decade away.
But here's the thing: this time is very different. Several fusion projects close in on “discounting,” the point at which a reactor produces more power than it takes for running.
We may be actually ten years away from a useful fusion reactor. But, unfortunately, that would mean that we could be a hundred years or more away from reaping the benefits of nuclear fusion.
The reason for this is largely economic. Solving breakout technology is only half the battle. The hard part is the implementation. And, as you might expect, the application of nuclear fusion technology in today's society is a very sticky wicket.
First, it's too expensive. The reactors alone cost over $ 20B. And then you have to build a whole facility, attend to staff, and take care of them. All in all, you are somewhere closer to $ 30B just to get started.
Second, we may be able to resist “unlimited power” at some point in the future, but it is a strong promise that the first few generations of fusion reactors will not suddenly solve our all power problems. It will take some time for fusion reactors to become more useful than other electrical generation technologies.
The onset of Fusion may seem daunting, but the future is clear. To achieve science-fiction technology as compact drivers and food synthesizers, we seem to need fusion energy.
Not only is fusion (theoretically) more powerful than our traditional nuclear emission reactors, it is safer. It does not harm the environment and the waste it produces cannot be used to create weapons. There is also no chance of fusion melting.
The problem is that the justification of nuclear reactors with fusion reactors will be difficult to verify. It may take hundreds of years to pay off the upfront costs and most politicians and communities are not going to have to wait as long for their investments to mature. .
Fusion feels cool, and one day it will be extremely useful, but I'm afraid that it's bureaucracy and government budgeting that is going to hold the tech back more than anything else.
In other words: big oil pays dividends now, fusion could take time.
That's why Elon Musk should step up and build a fusion reactor. It could make history, assimilate critics, and unleash the Texas government's strike on electricity. It is the perfect plan.
Yes, a few weeks ago I said that the last thing on Earth anyone should do is allow someone like Elon Musk to build nuclear reactors.
But I have come to realize that reason is a dead end and in fact billionaires are just gods who walk among us. Life is easier this way.
Anyway, at least Musk is the perfect match for Musk. If he tries to achieve fusion and fails, no one will be bothered.
Remember when it was going to build power for underground transport pods at distances other than those achieved by a Boeing jet? He delivered a man - made Teslas in tunnels under Las Vegas and was still richer.
And wouldn’t it be hilarious if it did the physics community at a discount?
The best part is that it only costs about 10% of Musk's estimated value. Now, I know it's not worth the money. Every time someone says that a billionaire should solve a problem, millions of sleeping nerds take action and shake "it's not liquid!" as part of an ancient ritual to ward off evil spirits.
I sell almost all corporate property. He will not have a house.
- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 1, 2022
We get it. Musk handed over his worldly possessions and is now sleeping on a bed of motherboards thrown near an Office smelter. No one is more likely then.
However, if Rent - A - Center allows me to walk out of the store with a PlayStation 3 for six dollars a week, I'm sure the world's banks will be ahead of Elon $ 30B so Texans can save from freezing if the regulator forgets to pay the energy bill before going on vacation again.
Musk applied for licenses to sell electricity in the state, at least. And he’s been trying to ramp up his Texas Gigafactory against Silicon Valley since 2022. At this point, he would be a hen without building at least one nuclear fusion facility in Texas. Think dare.