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Nuclear fusion

Nuclear fusion

Published: 2016-06-30 | Original Article
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The compact size is the reason that we believe we will be able to create fusion technology quickly. The smaller the size of the device, the easier it is to build up momentum and develop it faster. Instead of taking five years to design and build a concept, it takes only a few months. If we undergo a few of these testing and refinement cycles, we will be able to develop a prototype within the same five year timespan.
The compact size is the reason that we believe we will be able to create fusion technology quickly. The smaller the size of the device, the easier it is to build up momentum and develop it faster. Instead of taking five years to design and build a concept, it takes only a few months. If we undergo a few of these testing and refinement cycles, we will be able to develop a prototype within the same five year timespan.

If there's a Holy Grail of clean-energy generation, it's nuclear fusion, which promises limitless carbon-free power without producing dangerous nuclear waste. By figuring out how to mimic the same kind of atomic reaction that occurs at the center of the sun in a controlled way, fusion reactors could supply a whole lot of energy with little environmental cost.

While the technology may be 30 years from maturity, defense contractor Lockheed Martin has made inroads. In October its researchers developed a small fusion reactor design—one that might someday fit in a tractor-trailer and produce 100 megawatts of power. The company hopes to have a working prototype in five years and a commercial version within a decade.

http://www.lockheedmartin.ca/us/products/compact-fusion.html


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