How far away are we from commercial fusion energy?

How far away are we from commercial fusion energy?

Electricity-generating fusion power plants -one of the biggest inventions in history — might be safe, efficient, reliable and environmentally responsible. But, how far are we from turning science fiction into reality — meaning a world where nuclear fusion energy will be powering our day-to-day lives? Some 60 years.

The upcoming International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), the world’s largest fusion reaction research facility in Saint-Paul-les-Durance, some 35 km north of Aix-en-Provence in southern France, aims to develop fusion technology to make commercially-viable fusion energy, the world’s clean energy, a reality by the second half of this century.

So, what is fusion energy?
With its high-energy yields and low carbon primary energy source, fusion, the same source that powers stars, could provide an alternative to conventional energy sources like coal-fired power plants. Read More

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