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Subject: Re: Break-even Energy
Date: Mar 29, 1:06 pm
Poster: Richard Hull

On Mar 29, 1:06 pm, Richard Hull wrote:

>I'm another interested hobbyist with a great deal of enthusiasm for what you are all trying to accomplish, but I was somewhat surprised to see Richard Hull's March 8 posting indicating that break-even will not occur in the forseeable future. Just to set the record straight, that is the goal, is it not?

Absolutely not! Certainly not for Richard Hull! It is dream harbored by the deluded. I have accomplished a lot with the fusor.
The first goal was to see a demo built.... Mission accomplished.
The second goal was actually to do fusion (get neutrons).... Mission accomplished.
The third goal is to improve the fusor return. IN PROGRESS.

Break even might be the 55th goal I set for myself on this path. For now it is neither sought nor planned for. RH

With my very limited understanding of the experiments you are performing I am under the impression that the ultimate goal is excess energy. Taking one step at a time you are trying to achieve first, a quantifiable repeatable, controlled fusion reaction, then a Break-even reaction and finally a completely self sustainable reaction producing excess energy. I am probably missing something, but isn't that the ultimate goal? Richard left me with the impression that Break-even will probably never occur.

It will never occur in the fusors I am using (fusor III) or that I am currently working on building (fusor IV) or have in the advanced planning stages I have on the drawing board (fusor V). It will not occur in any system planned by anyone on this list either, you can go to th' bank with that one.

The future is another matter. A lot of grunt work has to be done before dreams can materialize.

Just because I seem the most active on the list doesn't mean I have the answers or even ideas about how to do break even.

Quite the opposite!

I would willingly, however, accept the appelation of "most pragmatic" and "ploding doer" on the list. Consider me a hopeful skeptic.

Richard Hull