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Fusion: The Power of the Universe
Fusion is perhaps the only option for a truly sustainable or long term energy source, the fuel is virtually inexhaustible and readily available throughout the world. Power plant operation will be inherently safe without the risk of long-lived radioactive waste. Fusion will be environmentally sound without atmospheric pollutants or contribution to global warming. It will be economically attractive and capable of producing the energy that future generations will require.
The sun and stars are powered by fusion. Harnessing these reactions to produce energy on earth presents a grand challenge to scientists and engineers. Steady progress has been made but several scientific and technological advances are necessary before the dream of commercial electricity production will become a reality.
Fusion reactions release
enormous amounts of energy.
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