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Q & A: tokomak for energy storage?

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Most recent answer: 10/17/2014
Q:
This is something I have always being curious about. Can the tokomaks used in fusion experiments be used for long term thermal energy storage?
- marcel fagan (age 39)
sunrise, fl
A:

No, the tokomaks use a huge amount of energy. The hope is that someday they will allow controlled fusion that will generate even more energy than they use. Without the fusion, they'd just be a waste.

People do talk about another magnetic energy storage possibility, using cold superconducting magnets. In fact, checking Wikipedia indicates that a few of these systems are already in use:.

Mike W.

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(published on 10/17/2014)

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