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Startup is positioned to lead the way in clean technology General Fusion, a startup initiated in Snug Cove, has just received $12.7 million from Sustainable Technology Development Canada following a recent visit from the Prime Minister. Though the company has reached international acclaim, few on Bowen Island know its history.

Governments like to talk about the importance of diversifying the economy, but when it comes to providing stimulus, the same old sectors usually top the priority list.

The resource, auto and aeronautics industries are where governments typically put most support.

But in British Columbia, an alliance that represents some of the smartest technology companies the province has ever produced is hoping to change all that.

As the race to replace fossil fuels heats up, a few Canadian startups are betting on the nuclear option. "We need a game-changing energy innovation," Simon Irish, chief executive of Oakville, Ont.,-based Terrestrial Energy, said in a recent interview. Renewable power like wind and solar aren't able to meet the world's growing energy demands, Irish says, so people have to rethink nuclear energy. "This is clean energy on a massive scale," he said.

Startups bring a new attitude to the energy quest — will it be enough? The lab where a company called General Fusion is trying to spark an energy revolution looks like a cross between a hardware store and a mad scientist’s lair. Bins full of electrical gadgets are piled high against the walls. Capacitors recycled from a bygone experiment are stacked up like bottles in wine racks. Ten-foot-high contraptions bristle with tangled wires and shiny plumbing.

On a sprawling campus in southern France, a revolutionary kind of power plant is steadily rising from the ground. Scientists and engineers from dozens of countries are building a facility that will eliminate all the negatives of today’s power supplies -- greenhouse gas emissions, toxic air pollution, radioactive meltdowns -- while still providing massive amounts of electricity around the clock. At least, that’s the goal.

Sharing Science Radio is one of the ventures by the members of UBC Sharing Science, a group of students dedicated to making science interesting and accessible to all members of the community. Sharing Science toured General Fusion and spoke with Michael Delage, General Fusion's VP Strategy and Corporate Development, on the differences between nuclear fusion and nuclear fission, why General Fusion has built a huge metal everlasting gobstopper (or at least what looks like one), and how to tame plasma with a temperature of 150 million degrees C.