Horizons documentary highlights Vancouver company’s focus on a practical approach to commercial fusion energy
Burnaby, BC – June 17, 2016 – General Fusion, the Vancouver-based clean energy company seeking to develop the world’s first commercial fusion power, has been introduced an audience of millions in a BBC World News documentary A Slice of the Sun: The Quest for Clean Energy.
The documentary, which examines the growing world-wide effort to generate fusion energy, was broadcast Friday June 17 as part of the long-running Horizons series.
Horizons say it “unearths the stories behind the latest science that is changing our lives. Now in its sixth series we meet the global CEOs, entrepreneurs, innovators and game-changers who are tackling the globe’s biggest challenges.” BBC World News claims a combined world audience of 308 million.
In A Slice of the Sun, BBC journalist Adam Shaw interviews General Fusion’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Michel Laberge, about the company’s focus on being first to create a commercially viable fusion-energy power plant, and also features other research and development programs currently underway.
The clip, as it’s called on the BBC World web site, is the final segment in the documentary, and Dr. Laberge gets the last word – when asked what the achievement of usable fusion energy will mean to all of us, Dr. Laberge exclaims that it will “save the world”.
A Slice of the Sun takes its audience on a tour of the key sites for fusion research and development, starting in France with the € multi-billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project, then visiting Germany’s Stellarator program, MIT’s work in Boston; Tri Alpha Energy, the private company in California, and General Fusion’s facility in Vancouver.
As it examines these leading projects, the documentary points out the potential benefits of fusion power: clean—no greenhouse gases; abundant—fuel is hydrogen, with many sources including the sea; and safe: no danger of meltdown and no radioactive waste disposal problems.