Purple Puppy wrote:My dream invention involves a machine running on the electrical power generated by means of the nuclear fusion of hydrogen. It uses water as its fuel - it uses the power from fusion to perform electrolysis on the water (thus breaking it into hydrogen and oxygen), then uses the hydrogen to make more power. The helium resulting from the hydrogen fusion is pumped into balloons. The leftover oxygen is used to make liquid oxygen - a component of rocket fuel.
The surplus electrical energy will be supplied to the grid. Eventually such machines will produce enough energy to eliminate human reliance on fossil fuels, as well as make it feasible for giant helium-filled, rocket-powered dirigible aircraft to be created.
Hmm...I'd never thought about what the actual process would be. But, this is quite an inpiring set of ideas from you. Thanks, Purple Puppy.
From what you describe, it sounds like you would consider making water plasma
. The heat from the fusion could actually ionize the steam (making the electrolysis unnecessary). Maybe the resulting H2 and the O2 could run a fuel cell, to provide the current for the magnetic field. And the outputs would still be helium and oxygen, while the hydrogen gets cycled back to the beginning(?)
Is this what you're getting at?