Nuclear Fusion: BBC News

The United Kingdom, investing £200 million, expects to unveil a demonstration nuclear fusion model by 2025 and to use such reactors to supply energy by 2040. Nuclear fusion relies on heating hydrogen atoms at high temperatures to replicate the processes of the Sun on Earth, explains Matt McGrath for BBC News. “With the price of wind and solar continuing to drop, experts say these existing renewables might offer a more economical and timely method of tackling climate change and generating energy than an unproven technology like fusion,” he writes, adding that explosions are a risk of the low-carbon energy source. Developing nuclear fusion is costly with a range of efforts emerging around the world: 35 nations have joined Iter, a research cooperative based in France, and the Joint European Torus is based in the UK. Small companies tied to universities are also working to develop fusion energy. –YaleGlobal

Nuclear Fusion: BBC News

Nations invest millions into developing nuclear fusion as an energy source, and researchers report improved prospects
Matt McGrath
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Read the article from BBC News about nuclear fusion research.

Matt McGrath is environment correspondent for BBC News.

Read more about projects exploring nuclear fusion: Investment in nuclear fusion continues worldwide, and researchers work on a range of projects including tokamak reactors, stellarators, and inertial fusion, and many involve international collaboration.

 Projects and Facility Location Australia Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility, Australian National University Canada General Fusion China Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak, China Academy of Sciences Hefei Institute of Physical Science SG-II, National Laboratory of High-Power Laser and Physics Czech Republic Prague Asterix Laser System France ITER Fusion Energy Advanced Tokomak Laser Mégajoule Petawatt Aquitaine Laser Germany Wendelstein 7-X,Max Planck Institute Italy Ignitor,  National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development Japan Large Helical Device, National Institute of Fusion Research Spain TJII South Korea Korean Superconducting Tokamak Reactor, National Fusion Research Institute UK Joint European Torus (JET) Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak US Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor, Princeton Compact Fusion Reactor, Lockheed Martin ALCATOR National Ignition Facility, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Z machine, Sandia National Laboratories NDCX-II, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Dense Plasma Focus Device, Lawrenceville Plasma Physics Polywell, EMC2 Fusion Development Corporation

(Source: World Nuclear Association)

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