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The Current State of Fusion

The Current State of Fusion (via Qpute.com)

Until recently, fusion energy was dominated by work in plasma physics, which kept it a pretty niche field. But it takes a village to raise a reactor:

  • Technologies such as supercomputing, big data analysis, 3D printing, and quantum computing could accelerate the field.
  • Fusion companies also need business people who can scale, commercialize, and get it onto the grid.

What’s underway

In the south of France, speedo-clad scientists from 35 countries are working on ITER, an international fusion project. They’re hoping to create the world’s largest tokamak, a donut-shaped containment chamber that could be the first fusion device to generate net energy.

But smaller players are also contributing in big ways. Brandon Sorbom of Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) was recently recognized for a breakthrough in tokamak electromagnetic systems that could make fusion devices smaller (and cheaper) to build.

  • By 2025, CFS and MIT are trying to build a power plant prototype called Sparc using the new electromagnetic system.
  • Five to 10 years after Sparc is working, they hope to complete Arc, a demonstration power plant that can put electricity on the grid.

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