Prospects for fusion becoming real?
- Jan 14, 2022 12:59 am GMT
.. or just same old same old?
Most readers here are likely familiar with the quip to the effect that “controlled fusion is the energy source of the future – and always will be.” For the past 60 years, the date by which we can expect the arrival of practical fusion energy, as projected by researchers in the field, has remained at a relatively constant 20 to 30 years in the future from when the projection was made. Given that track record, skepticism about any claims that practical fusion energy may now be “just around the corner” are understandable. And likely correct. “This time is different” isn't a phrase that should ever inspire confidence! Still …
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