Fusion Energy: The Electric Energy of the Future

Generating electric energy using fusion reactors has long been thought to be cost prohibitive. However, a new study has determined this may not be the case. A study completed by Durham University has concluded that fusion energy can be as cost effective as fission energy.

Credit: Creative Commons/Guido Gerding

Credit: Creative Commons/Guido Gerding

With fusion energy being cleaner and safer than fission energy, fusion energy may generate the electricity of the future.

Fusion reactors create energy similar to the way the sun creates the energy that heats the Earth. A fusion reaction creates much more energy than a fission reaction. If this energy could be harnessed in a cost effective process, the world could have almost an endless supply of affordable energy. Since fusion energy reactors don’t produce dangerous radioactive byproducts, the public would no longer have the fear of a nuclear disaster.

It is predicted that the first test fusion reactor could be in operation within approximately 10 years. If the results are positive, the only obstacle would be securing the needed financial investment to further fusion reactor development. There is no doubt that the public and private energy sectors will be cautiously awaiting the test results to determine, if fusion reactors are scientific and technically feasible.

In a time, when energy costs in some areas are soaring, the public is looking for a new source of energy production. Wind and solar energy usage continues to grow, but not at the levels needed to create a positive measurable impact over the next decade. The sun may be providing the answers needed to create the sustainable, clean, and safe energy that can provide the electric energy for generations to come. It would only be natural to attempt to harness this type of energy to create the electric energy of the future.

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