All this talk of fusion, etc., and this article that got everyone started on this topic has me wondering a few things.
First of all, how do you generate electricity from fusion? Because, and correct me if I'm wrong, I'm assuming that's the ultimate goal of ITER (to demonstrate that a sustainable reaction is achievable and, later, that electricity generation is possible). Obviously the conventional steam turbines won't cut it (we can't even contain the plasma with conventional materials, so how could we use the heat to make steam?) Would TEGs work at those temperatures?
Secondly, the article that Jerry posted stated that "Darlington produces 20 per cent of Ontario's electricity. " The IMO lists available capacity in Ontario at 29939MW, which may or may not include available imports. So let's consider OPG alone. OPG's website indicates them to have ~24600MW installed capacity, including Pickering A. Darlington can produce ~3500MW, which by my calculations is at best 14% of OPG's capacity. Since there are other generators in the province, notable Bruce Power, there's no way Darlington produces 20% of Ontario's electricity. Any idea where the Star came up with this figure? Would this be based on actual energy produced?