Charles E. Helsley and Robert J. Burke Fusion Power Corporation
8880 Cal Center Dr., Ste 400 Sacramento, California, 95826, USA Tel: 1 916 438-6910 firstname.lastname@example.org
The assumptions used in this model are specific for the Fusion Power Corporation (FPC) SPRFD process but could be generalized for any system. We assume that the accelerator is the most expensive element of the facility and estimate its cost to be $20 Billion. Ignition chambers and fuel handling facilities are projected to cost $1.5 Billion each with up to 10 to be serviced by one accelerator. At first this seems expensive but that impression has to be tempered by the energy output that is equal to 35 conventional nuclear plants. This means the cost per kWh is actually low. Using the above assumptions and industry data for generators and heat exchange systems, we conclude that a fully utilized fusion system will produce marketable energy at roughly one half the cost of our current means of generating an equivalent amount of energy from conventional fossil fuel and/or fission systems. Even fractionally utilized systems – i.e. systems used at 25 percent of capacity, can be cost effective in many cases. In conclusion, SPRFD systems can be scaled to a size and configuration that can be economically viable and very competitive in today's energy market.
Electricity will be a significant element in the product mix but synthetic fuels and water may also need to be incorporated to make the large system economically viable. Co-location of large energy consumers such as metal or chemical refiners and/or processors also needs to be considered.
Key words: Economics, fusion, synthetic fuel, energy cost, CO2 utilization
Their chamber features a hat trick:
Note that not only electricity, but synfuels and water are also potential marketable products.
direct methanol fuel cell is the way to go for ground transport.
Note that Fusion Power Corporation is touting profitability--FUSION IN OUR TIME--not a 100-year plan. If you want to read the paper, invest in this effort or desire additional details, please contact Chuck at the e-mail address above.
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