This is way outside of my expertise, but, if real, this seems like a critical technological breakthrough (boldface mine):
At Google’s Solve For X, Charles Chase describes what his team has been working on: a trailer-sized fusion power plant that turns cheap and plentiful hydrogen (deuterium and tritium) into helium plus enough energy to power a small city. It’s safe, it’s clean, and Lockheed is promising an operational unit by 2017 with assembly line production to follow, enabling everything from unlimited fresh water to engines that take spacecraft to Mars in one month instead of six.
Lockheed’s fusion power plant uses radio energy to heat deuterium gas inside tightly controlled magnetic fields, creating a very high temperature plasma that’s much more stable and well confined than you’d find in something like a tokamak.
Chase didn’t give a whole lot more technical detail, but he seemed confident in predicting a 100mW prototype by 2017, with commercial 100mW systems available by 2022, implying that all global energy demands will be able to be met by fusion power by about 2045.
To put this in perspective, Las Vegas uses about 7,400MW, and these reactors aren’t very large, so 75 or so is a pretty small footprint (though I’m not sure what the hydrogen requirement would be).
Like I mentioned, I can’t evaluate the feasibility of this project, but if it’s real, this solves, or at least dramatically reduces, many problems including global warming, pollution, and energy shortages.
It would arguably be the greatest technological breakthrough of the last fifty years–and I’m including the computer revolution in that statement.
And there has been no mention of this at all in the mainstream press.