Hot Fusion Power: Clean energy of the future

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Check out the video below of Theoretical Physicist Michio Kaku answering the question “What future energy source will solve our energy crisis?”

 

So what is fusion energy?

ITER Tokamak hot fusion power generatorFusion is “the energy source of the universe”, and the process which produces light and warmth from the sun. Fusion energy is recreating this reaction in a contained chamber and using the resulting energy and heat to produce steam, and through a series of turbines and alternators create clean electricity.

The good news is that this isn’t a far-off dream; Michio Kaku suggests we may have commercial hot fusion power by 2030 or 2040. Construction of the ITER fusion power  generator will be completed by 2019, and assuming the demonstration is a success, commercialization of similar facilities will take another 10-20 years. The bad news is that we don’t know what kind of shape the planet will be in at that point.

Regardless, the new research being done into fusion power could help bring about a true clean energy revolution, once the ITER’s construction is completed at the end of this decade.

Find out more about the ITER and to check out live streaming video of the facility’s construction.

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