THE FOCUS FUSION SOCIETY URGES THE PUBLIC TO VOTE FOR FUSION IN THE CLIMATE COLAB COMPETITION
As the global need increases for cheap, clean and renewable energy sources, Focus Fusion is urging the public to vote for Dennis Peterson’s article describing the various potential options for fusion power in the Climate Colab competition, so that it can be presented to investors and policy makers at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence.
The article’s main focus is to highlight the fact that while there are a few large scale and extremely expensive projects on going in the race to achieve a viable source of cheap and environmentally friendly fusion power, it is not looking likely that any of these projects will be able to achieve this goal for at least 30 years.
On the other hand, however, there are a handful of much smaller scale projects – Fusion Focus being one of them- that through knowledge sharing and collaboration may be able to achieve a workable fusion power solution in a much shorter timescale. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding from larger investors, their efforts are being hindered.
Based on models such as Wikipedia and Linux, Climate Colab is an organization that hopes to bring together members of the public in an open, global online discussion forum in order to harness the collective intelligence of thousands of people from around the world. It is currently holding a competition where the winners will get to present their ideas on solutions to climate change in front of key decision makers from governments, business and investors at MIT’s Crowds and Climate conference, which is being held on 6 & 7 November 2013.
As Dennis Peterson, Director at The Focus Fusion Society and Climate Colab entrant writes in his article, “Most of the money in fusion goes to a few large projects, with little prospect for near-term commercialization or breakthrough cost reduction. Many alternative approaches are underfunded, and some promising ideas lack funding entirely. Projects with investor funding tend not to share knowledge. In academia, the grant process is time-consuming, with low funding rates and poor accountability. A broader approach, funding a variety of lower-cost approaches, would distribute the risk and put more emphasis on designs with the potential for low-cost commercialization. Progress could be accelerated by the more rapid experimental turnaround of smaller designs.”
Focus Fusion is just one of the many viable options that Peterson describes in his article. It uses a device called the ‘plasma focus’ to produce energy in the form of x-rays and charged particles. A typical Focus Fusion power plant can fit inside a shipping container, generate 5 mega-watts of energy and produce electricity at just a tenth of the current price of coal. And it is just one of the many small scale on-going projects that are getting closer to achieving the goal of fusion replacing non-renewable energy sources such as coal, gas and oil. He believes that through collaboration and open knowledge sharing – not common practice between current most facilities that keep their research secret and fight for patents – this goal can be achieved much more quickly.
Voting is open to the public through 31 August, so members of the public are urged to read the article and register their vote for Focus Energy now.
For more information about The Focus Fusion Society visit http://focusfusion.org/
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The purpose of the Focus Fusion Society is to turn the dream of safe, cheap, clean, unlimited energy from aneutronic nuclear fusion into a practical reality as soon as possible. The Focus Fusion Society is organized exclusively for this scientific and charitable purpose under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal code. We will pursue this purpose by carrying out, funding and coordinating research towards this end, by publicizing the need for funding of research aimed at developing this ideal energy source and by educating the public about this energy source.