In 1831, British inventor Michael Faraday found he could excite electrons and generate electrical current by passing a magnet back and forth through a coil of wire. The world was to change with the revolution this primitive generator was to spawn. However, moving into the new millennium a couple of centuries later, mankind was not much the wiser after going through myriad forms of electricity generation. We are still looking for the “holy grail” of energy production, which is nuclear fusion, for a virtually unlimited amount of cheap and clean energy.
Every few years, shouts of electrical “Eureka” are heard as incremental improvements crop up in potential fusion methods. The challenges of the basic task of fusing the elements are immense, like temperatures hotter than at the centre of the Sun, intense pressure, and runaway electrons. Read More…
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