Proton neutron-proton fusion (PRP) reactor technology to make power in a few decades
An ambitious project to build a reactor that would produce high-energy photons, a rare but potentially powerful form of light, has been pushed into a new phase.
The PRP Reactor (PRRP) is designed to be a modular fusion reactor, and the first phase is now under construction at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
The PRRP reactor is expected to have a capacity of 1 megawatt (MW) and generate between 10 and 15 kilowatts of electricity.
The reactor is a fusion reactor and is intended to be modular, so that its components could be easily swapped out at any time.
It is also designed to produce very high-temperature, highly dense, highly energetic photons, or photons with energies of about 1,000,000 electron volts (TeV).
The power output is about twice as high as that of conventional nuclear reactors.PRRP reactor design and constructionThe first phase of the project was completed last summer, and LLNL has been developing a prototype.
The prototype consists of two separate sections, one containing the reactor core, the other the fuel tanks, the fuel supply, and a test-track to simulate a real reactor.
The fuel supply has been designed to deliver energy of 100 kilowatt-hours per kilogram of fuel, which would be enough to power about 3,000 homes.
The reactor is also capable of generating a maximum of 10 kilowats per second (kW/s), and is expected not to need any maintenance.
“This is an amazing, new, transformative technology,” said Robert L. Anderson, LLNL director of advanced research and technology.
“The PRRP represents a significant leap forward for the entire fusion reactor industry, as it opens up the possibilities for the future.”
The PRP reactor is designed for use in a commercial product, a commercial-grade commercial power plant, a public utility, and as a prototype for a commercial research reactor.
“We are excited about the prospects for the development of the PRP and hope to begin to test it in the near future,” said David H. Roper, LLLP’s director of energy and nuclear technologies.
The PRPSource and reactor are a collaboration between the LLNL Advanced Research Facility and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The lab has been working on the design for PRP since 2003, and is leading the development.
“There’s a lot of great energy coming out of the world, and we are trying to harness that energy and put it to good use,” said Anderson.
“The technology is going to transform everything we do in this field,” said H.J. Bloch, director of the LLP Laboratory of Materials Science and Engineering.
“It’s going to be exciting.”
The new design is a big step forward for fusion energy, which is becoming a key element of the United States energy mix, and will be important for the construction of large, advanced reactors.
“With a large amount of fusion energy being produced around the world right now, it’s a huge leap forward to see how this technology will be used,” said Roper.
The new reactor will also be critical for the design of the next generation of fusion reactors, as they will need more energy to make them more powerful.
The project is still in the design phase, and it is not yet clear how it will operate.
However, Anderson believes that the reactor could produce up to 10 kilovolt-hours (kWh/s) of power per kilowat-hour, enough to provide enough power for more than 100 homes.
The next phase of construction will be in phase two, with the reactor being built in two separate parts.
The first part is expected later this year.
The second phase is expected in 2020, with a design for the first reactor to be ready in 2021.
It’s hoped that the first stage will provide enough energy to power 2,000 houses.
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