The UK Just Switched on an Ambitious Fusion Reactor

The UK's newest fusion reactor, ST40, was switched on last week, and has already managed to achieve 'first plasma' – successfully generating a scorching blob of electrically-charged gas (or plasma) within its core. [Read More]

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The UK's newest fusion reactor, ST40, was switched on last week, and has already managed to achieve 'first plasma' – successfully generating a scorching blob of electrically-charged gas (or plasma) within its core.
"Today is an important day for fusion energy development in the UK, and the world," said David Kingham, CEO of Tokamak #Energy, the company behind ST40.
In Germany, a new type of fusion reactor called the Wendelstein 7-X stellerator has been able to successfully control plasma.
In 2018, the team hopes to achieve the fusion threshold of 100 million degrees Celsius (180 million degrees Fahrenheit), and the ultimate goal is to provide clean fusion power to the UK grid by 2030.
But the company is now one step closer, and as they're not the only ones with a tokamak reactor in development, it will hopefully only speed up the race to get a commercial fusion reactor online.

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The race to get a commercial fusion reactor online is speeding up. #Energy #Trend

Source: Sciencealert