Nuclear Fusion, where do we stand?

A quick dive into the world of nuclear fusion and our current advancements.

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Robert Mumgaard, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

What is nuclear Fusion in the first place?

I want to think that everyone is at least familiar with Fission. But let do a quick recap.

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The challenges of Fusion — well, mostly plasma

So Fusion is the DREAM. You can produce tons of energy with few materials, without forgetting that the material (seawater) is quite available on our planet. But as with every powerful tech, it, of course, comes with some significant challenges.

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Iter, JT60, the different project in place around the world

As of today, a lot of countries around the world are developing their fusion reactor. For everyone, the goal is creating a reactor that could stay active for days, months, and more, all of this while producing energy.

The difference between research and energy production

Let’s now place ourselves in five to ten years (what most realists research projects are envisaging, at least). Some article will be titled “Iter finally working” or “China’s Artificial Sun ran for half a day”, well maybe. But even if those titles look magnificent, you have to remember: most current — or under construction — reactors are made for research purposes. None of those will actually produce energy, or at least enough power to be called functional.

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