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Subject: Re: An interesting benefit to pulsed fusors
Date: Nov 17, 8:45 pm
Poster: Tom Ligon

On Nov 17, 8:45 pm, Tom Ligon wrote:

>I was recently thinking about extracting electricity directly from charged reaction products of fusion, as has been suggested for p-B11 fusion. A serious problem with this is taking 1.5 MV DC current and inverting it to high voltage AC. It struck me that if you pulse the fusor, this DC current comes in pulses, meaning you can then use a pulse transformer to bring it down to a reasonable voltage, and work with it from there. Thoughts?
Inverting 1 MV DC to AC suitable for power distribution is fairly routine these days. Power companies transmitting power long distances in the western US use DC to reduce inductive losses, then invert at the end of the run.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has indicated that they see no problem in upping this technology half a megavolt. They are very hopeful that p-B11 will be workable. They LIKE it.

Interesting point: One of EPRI's spokespersons is Robert Hirsch.

Tom Ligon