The Feasibility of Nuclear Fusion
On 9 February 2022, the Joint European Torus (JET) laboratory used nuclear fusion to produce 59 megajoules of energy over 5 seconds, breaking the world record. Technological advancements and breakthroughs like this make nuclear fusion, once a faraway dream, seem like a serious alternative for generating clean electricity in the race against climate change.
Countries are taking notice of nuclear fusion and the possibilities it holds as a safe and sustainable energy source. Nuclear fusion generates energy through fusing smaller atoms and has the potential to be one of the safest and most powerful sources of energy. It generates no greenhouse gases nor high-level nuclear waste, making it a prime alternative for the power industry.
However, nuclear fusion is not yet commercially viable. Scientists are still working on issues such as the energy needed to initiate the reaction. And then there are also the costs of building the reactors. It is predicted that nuclear fusion technology would become a viable option only in 2030 to 2050.
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