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Does the reactor even work? Even if it does, then the electrical costs to keep the magnetic field in place would be astronomical as no fusion reactors produce enough energy to self-sustain the magnetic field needed for the fusion to occur.

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There are no existing fusion reactors today to start.

There are a few experimental ones but the magnetic fields ,required to keep fusing the plasma for the fusion, need more energy than is given out by the reactors and so are currently useless for power sources.

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There are no existing fusion reactors today to start.

That's wrong. There are no fusion reactors which output more energy than they consume, but there are commercially produced fusion reactors which are used for other purposes, like as a neutron source. Google for Farnsworth–Hirsch fusor. That's likely what the built, because it isn't really that hard to build one in your garage.

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That's wrong. There are no fusion reactors which output more energy than they consume, but there are commercially produced fusion reactors which are used for other purposes, like as a neutron source.

Technically that means there are no working fusion reactors to this day.

By that I mean no fusion reactors That successfully complete their function. We can simplify that by saying: "no fusion reactors exist to this day." It's not what it is, if it doesn't do what it does.

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Where does the article about the teenager in Wyoming say that he build a fusion reactor which outputs more power than it consumes? A fusion reactor is a machine in which nuclear fusion takes place. That's the definition. A machine which is working, is a machine which successfully performs the task it was designed for.

When the kid in Wyoming build a machine which fuses hydrogen into helium and the design goal of the machine was to perform exactly this task, it means that the machine is working. It would be something differently when he would have build and advertised the machine as a means to produce energy. When he would have done that, and it isn't able to do this, it would not be working. But when he made the machine solely for the purpose of turning hydrogen into helium through a fusion reaction and nothing more, then yes, it is a working fusion reactor. Just not in the sense the general pseudo-scientific public usually understands.

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Where does the article about the teenager in Wyoming say that he build a fusion reactor which outputs more power than it consumes? A fusion reactor is a machine in which nuclear fusion takes place. That's the definition. A machine which is working, is a machine which successfully performs the task it was designed for.

That's why it's a headdesk. He didn't build a fusion reactor. The media doesn't know the differences between reactors, it's all just nuclear to them.

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