Boeing Patents Laser Fusion

There are a few important alternative energy stories out there that the media seems to be ignoring or downplaying. Some of the most interesting recent developments include:

Boeing the giant American aerospace company has a received a US patent for a laser fired fusion-fission turbofan engine that Ars Technica writer Sebastian Anthony described as completely crazy and unrealistic. Basically Boeing’s engine would generate large amounts of heat by using lasers to fuse deuterium and tritium which would cause nuclear fission to create heat to run a turbine.

Artist's conception of how Boeing's laser fired fusion-fission engine would work.

That sounds a great deal like some of the Low Energy Nuclear Reaction or LENR effects we’ve been hearing about lately. The process is called inertial confinement fusion which sounds like a euphemism for LENR to me. Boeing is apparently looking into the process as a means of powering aircraft but it could easily be adapted to generate electricity in power plants and ships.

There’s no word on whether Boeing is actually going to try and develop this process or not. One big benefit of this process would be that it could reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft.

World’s Largest Fusion Reactor gets Green Light

The world’s largest hot fusion reactor the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator is about to be switched on at Germany’s Max Plank Institute, Gizmodo reported. German officials are about to give scientists permission to turn the reactor on. The strangely shaped 300-ton device is supposed to be able to produce a stable hot fusion reaction. If it works the stellarator could point the way for a new fusion process.

The stellarator is one of the most complex pieces of technology ever built. It took 19 years to construct and cost $1.1 billion, Geek reported. Strangely enough researchers do not know if the expensive device will be able to produce generate usable power or not.

Exxon Knew about Global Warming

The world’s largest oil company Exxon-Mobil apparently knew that greenhouse gases were causing global warming as early as 1977 and tried to suppress the information, Inside Climate News reported. The company spent money on both climate change research and financed many organizations that tried to deny results of that research.

Underwater Hyperloop could one day cross oceans.

10,000 Kilometer Hyperloop Proposed

Three Hyperloop transportation systems could be up and running by 2020, Rob Lloyd, the CEO of Hyperloop Technologies told a crowd at the Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland on November 4. Hyperloop Tech’s financial backer Shervin Pishevar told the same crowd that the first Hyperloop test could be conducted next year.

Interestingly enough Lloyd also thinks that Hyperloop could one day replace cargo ships as the world’s primary means of moving freight and might run for distances of up to 10,000 kilometers (around 6,214 miles).

It looks as if technology could be advancing faster than we thought. One has to wonder what else is going on out there and why we are not hearing about it.