Fusion is the process by which the sun and stars generate energy. The blast furnace that is our sun generates temperatures and pressures that drive hydrogen atoms to collide and fuse.
How can fusion be harnessed to generate power here on Earth? One company, General Fusion, is developing magnetic field fusion energy and collaborating with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories on a project to advance fusion energy technologies. General Fusion and the Canadian laboratory are attempting to develop tritium extraction processes for commercial fusion power plants. Elsewhere, the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) also is partnering with General Fusion to develop its Fusion Demonstration Plant in the United Kingdom. Following completion of a new facility at Culham, General Fusion will sign a long-term lease with UKAEA. The demonstration plant will showcase General Fusion’s fusion technology, paving the way for what the company hopes will be its commercial pilot plant.
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