Developing a nuclear fusion reactor in his own house

"Do it yourself" often refers to someone who knows how to assemble furniture from IKEA.

Doug Coulter is a DIY kind of guy on another level! He is an inventor, former race car driver and a gunsmith from Floyd, Virginia, who runs a Open Source DIY engineering forum. He learned electrical engineering by building stuff out of scrap, and he is currently developing a fusion reactor in his solar powered home.

The philosophy

Since 2014, when the video below took place, many people has build nuclear fusion reactors – but not many has the same philosophy as Doug Coulter. Doug shares everything and believes that this is the way to create knowledge and not loose it over time. Unfortunately, a few years ago reforms in the US Patent law complicated his goal of knowledge sharing.

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“First to invent” is no longer the law – it’s now “First to file”. This means, someone else can steal a work in progress, patent it, monopolize it – admit they did – and still own it legally. So Doug needs to keep his inventions for himself till the patent is filed and perhaps granted. Until then, we will not know what secret he might has discovered apart from what he is revealing on his youtube channel.

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When nuclear power goes wrong

Image: YouTube screenshot from Motherboard