Scientists at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works by looking to the biggest natural fusion reactor for inspiration, the sun, they work to develop a source of infinite energy, ‘that could solve world’s energy crisis.’
Lockheed Martin is on the fast track to developing nuclear fusion reactors to serve the world’s ever-growing energy. needs.
The system that could be ready by 2025, could contain the power of the sun in a ‘small magnetic bottle.’ A small reactor could power an entire U.S. Navy warship.
To mimic the energy created by the sun and control it here on earth, we’re creating a concept that can be contained using a magnetic bottle. The bottle is able to handle extremely hot temperatures, reaching hundreds of millions of degrees. By containing this reaction, we can release it in a controlled fashion to create energy we can use.
The heat energy created using this compact fusion reactor will drive turbine generators by replacing the combustion chambers with simple heat exchangers. In turn, the turbines will then generate electricity or the propulsive power for a number of applications.
source Lockheed Martin