The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Monday, November 5, 2018

A faster, cheaper path to fusion energy

Scientists are working to dramatically speed up the development of fusion energy in an effort to deliver power to the electric grid soon enough to help mitigate impacts of climate change. The arrival of a breakthrough technology—high-temperature superconductors, which can be used to build magnets that produce stronger magnetic fields than previously possible—could help them achieve this goal. Researchers plan to use this technology to build magnets at the scale required for fusion, followed by construction of what would be the world's first fusion experiment to yield a net energy gain.


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"soon enough to help mitigate impacts of climate change": but, but, but ... we've already passed two 'tipping points' forecast by the hysterics. We're going to roast in hell and that's that.

Posted by: dearieme | Nov 5, 2018 4:39:14 PM

Here's a crazy idea. Instead of using the subsidies governments give to wind and solar, direct those to fusion research. Probably won't work because those fusion scientists don't grease the palms of politicians as well.

Posted by: JMOD46 | Nov 5, 2018 6:02:46 PM

i'm not holding my breath. they said the same thing back in the 1980's with the (then) latest discoveries of "high temperature superconductors". All of which were superconductive at greater than the boiling point of liquid nitrogen.

Posted by: yara | Nov 7, 2018 2:28:06 PM