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Title: Review of fusion synfuels

Thermonuclear fusion offers an inexhaustible source of energy for the production of hydrogen from water. Depending on design, electric generation efficiencies of approx. 40 to 60% and hydrogen production efficiencies by high-temperature electrolysis of approx. 50 to 65% are projected for fusion reactors using high-temperatures blankets. Fusion/coal symbiotic systems appear economically promising for the first generation of commercial fusion synfuels plants. Coal production requirements and the environmental effects of large-scale coal usage would be greatly reduced by a fusion/coal system. In the long term, there could be a gradual transition to an inexhaustible energy system based solely on fusion.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
7067763
Report Number(s):
BNL-28627; CONF-801011-74
TRN: 81-000091
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-76CH00016
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 4. ANS topical meeting on the technology of controlled nuclear fusion, King of Prussia, PA, USA, 14 Oct 1980
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; 08 HYDROGEN; HYDROGEN PRODUCTION; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS; ECONOMICS; EFFICIENCY; PRODUCTION; REVIEWS; SYNTHETIC FUELS; DOCUMENT TYPES; FUELS 060300* -- Fusion Fuels-- By-Products-- (-1987); 080000 -- Hydrogen