Fusion: The not-so-sci-fi answer to the world’s energy woes
As of late 2022, a large segment of society has heard of fusion, but the general consensus would seem to be that this near-limitless energy source is decades (or more) away from being viable. As such, those who casually contemplate this technology might consider it to be something of a sci-fi dream, not the actual answer to our current energy woes. As it turns out, harvesting this energy source is closer than ever, and a viable reactor may be just over the horizon.
What is fusion?
In this context, nuclear fusion is the process whereby smaller atomic structures combine — fuse together — to form a larger atom, releasing a tremendous amount of energy. This type of reaction takes place…
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