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Subject: Re: Sustaining the fusion
Date: Oct 26, 8:15 pm
Poster: Pierce Nichols

On Oct 26, 8:15 pm, Pierce Nichols wrote:

>I know this is going to be controversial, but Dr. Farnsworth talked about and had planned to tap the energy generated by his IEC device if it ever reached a break even event by direct energy conversion not just by thermal conversion.
>Seems impossible at first but Philo T. Farnsworth the 3rd agreed that his father's IEC concept could do this through a technique he had invented.

Well, if you use fusion reactions that release their energy in charged particles of a set spectrum, direct conversion is pretty easy to rig. It's also capable, depending on reaction, to get conversion efficiencies of 80% or higher. Can't do that with a thermal conversion.