The French Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) has unveiled the first infrared images taken inside a nuclear fusion reactor. Taken at the CEA's TORE SUPRA tokamak reactor, the images show the temperature variations and integrity of components that face the plasma. The camera acquired images of critical components at 1.5 to 5 microns wavelength, where there is maximum energy in the infrared bands.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
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