Future of Fusion

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Because of a wide range of technical difficulties that must be overcome, it is difficult to predict when fusion will become practical. As with many other research efforts, economics will have a major impact on the degree of progress that can be achieved. Because of its complexity and cost, fusion research requires not only cooperation between private industries, utility companies, and the government, but also a high degree of international collaboration. The optimistic view is that commercial fusion power plants can be constructed just before the earth’s fossil fuels are depleted, somewhere around the years 2045-2060.


(1) Toossi Reza, "Energy and the Environment:Sources, technologies, and impacts", Verve Publishers, 2005

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