AskUs: How far away are we from Nuclear Fusion power?

April 7, 2016
Comments (2)
  1. Gradient says:

    if you throw enough money at it, the pile will eventually collapse on itself.

  2. Your article provides a nice review of the future prospects for Magnetic Confinement Fusion but ignores other significant forms of fusion including Inertial Confinement and Inertial Electrostatic Confinement.

    Today’s Existing approaches to producing pure fusion energy, including Magnetic Confinement experiments like the ITER Tokamak and the W7-X Stellarator have never worked and have failed to produce any net energy, even for milliseconds, in 60 long years of hard research effort.

    Mankind is in possession of one practical fusion technology that worked the very first time it was tried in 1952 (Ivy Mike test) producing large amounts of energy from nuclear fusion and has never failed to work since. That is a form of Inertial Confinement Fusion, fission initiated D-D fusion that reliably produces industrially significant controlled amounts of fusion energy from sustainable and abundant Deuterium fusion fuel that can be inexpensively isolated from sea water.

    Much smaller modern hybrid DT-DD pure fusion devices designed after the successful Ivy-Mike experimental device have been designed (but have not yet been built or field tested).

    How Close are We to Nuclear Fusion?

    Summary of Nuclear Fusion Projects –
    Updated Prospects for Commercial Nuclear Fusion –

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