24 Sep '11, 11am

The fifty year wait for nuclear fusion energy is here, honest… | Green

The fifty year wait for nuclear fusion energy is here, honest… | Green

Last week the UK firmly threw its hat into the fusion ring with the UK Company AWE joining the National Ignition Facility (NIF) based in the US to push for energy’s Holy Grail : nuclear fusion . If fusion can be harnessed and surplus energy is harvested over and above the vast amounts of energy needed to stabilise and sustain the reaction then the long sought silver bullet, we are told, will be here. The promise of limitless clean fusion energy within fifty year, which has probably been around for fifty years is nearly here. But, and this is the largest ‘but’ I will ever type, the technology still has some immense hurdles to cross yet. Nuclear fusion, in layman’s terms, has all the benefits of nuclear fission, our current nuclear energy source, but with none of the radioactive material which will have an environmental impact lasting far past the life time of our children’s...

Full article: http://www.green-blog.org/2011/09/24/the-fifty-year-wait-...

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