Fusion Around the World
More than 60 top fusion scientists and engineers from around the world gathered at the 5th IAEA DEMO Programme Workshop in Daejeon, South Korea, from 7 to 10 May, to discuss critical issues and next steps on the road to the realization of fusion energy.
Nuclei of lighter atoms such as hydrogen collide and fuse together to produce nuclei of heavier atoms such as helium and release vast amounts of energy in the process —this is the essence of fusion.
Commonwealth Fusion Systems has pledged to build a commercial fusion reactor based on new superconducting magnets.
Fusion is a continuous energy source; it does not face the same safety, waste, and proliferation issues as fission; it does not require disproportionate land use; and it does not depend on the success of carbon capture and storage.
The $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that President Donald Trump signed into law on March 23 ended up preserving many of the scientific initiatives the White House wanted to kill, including funding for the ITER nuclear fusion project.
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