Zero-emission fusion reactor developed by engineers at the University of Washington, promises ‘cheaper than coal’ energy.
Engineers at the University of Washington have designed a concept for a fusion reactor, builds on existing technology.
The design of the reactor creates a magnetic field to hold plasma, in extremely high temperature, in place long enough for fusion to occur.
The engineers warn a full-sized version is years away, and claim the design is cheaper than building a coal power station.
Thomas Jarboe, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the university, said:
“Right now, this design has the greatest potential of producing economical fusion power of any current concept.”
Perhaps the biggest roadblock to adopting fusion energy is that the economics haven’t penciled out. Fusion power designs aren’t cheap enough to outperform systems that use fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas.
University of Washington engineers hope to change that. They have designed a concept for a fusion reactor that, when scaled up to the size of a large electrical power plant, would rival costs for a new coal-fired plant with similar electrical output.
source University of Washington