On the Economics of Power from Pulsed Fusion Reactors.

by Victor Gilinsky, H. W. Hubbard

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Comments on the feasibility of using small, controlled thermonuclear fusion explosions to generate cheap electric power. Simple calculations show that, even without considering the additional costs of building reactors designed to accommodate repeated nuclear explosions, the pulsed fusion reactor could match the costs of a fission power reactor only if its fuel cost is less than $1 per ton of yield. Fusion reactor costs would appear to be at least 100 times as high per ton of yield as those of present-day nuclear power stations. 3 pp. Ref.

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