27 Jun Fusion Finally Coming of Age?
Manny Frishberg – RTM Perspectives:
Harnessing nuclear fusion, the force that powers the sun, has been a pipe dream since the first hydrogen bombs were exploded. Fusion promises unlimited clean energy, but the reality has hovered just out of reach, 20 years away, scientists have said for more than six decades—until now.
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore Labs, the University of Washington, and private companies like Lockheed Martin and Canada’s General Fusion now foresee the advent of viable, economical fusion energy in as little as 10 years. Powered by new developments in materials, control systems, and other technologies, new reactor designs are testing old theories and finding new ways to create stable, sustainable reactions.