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Why the dream of fusion power isn’t going away

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Fusion technology is experiencing renewed interest as companies and investors inject $6.2 billion into its R&D
• Despite persistent skepticism and slow advancements, milestones attained by entities like Commonwealth Fusion Systems and TAE Technologies are bolstering confidence in fusion as a credible clean energy source

🔭 The context: Fusion technology, referred to as a “moonshot” solution, symbolizes a revolutionary stride in energy production
• This technique leverages atom fusion to deliver continuous, carbon-free power utilizing affordable, plentiful fuel. However, realizing this technology poses substantial scientific, technical, and financial hurdles

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: As an alternative energy source, fusion could significantly reduce reliance on fossil fuels, contributing to global efforts to decrease carbon emissions and address energy security concerns

⏭️ What's next: Private companies are promising net energy from fusion around 2025 and operational plants by the early 2030s
• However, skepticism abounds regarding the feasibility and practicality of the announced timelines, and the scientific and financial viability of fusion as a commercial power source continues to be under rigorous scrutiny

💬 One quote: "This feels like an especially positive moment for fusion... [it's] important to go after long-shot technologies, even if the odds are stacked against any single company or approach working out." (Casey Crownhart, Climate and Energy Reporter)

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