Fusion Energy Could Be a Reality in Less Than 5 Years

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SPARC is aiming to be the first experimental device to achieve an energy-positive fusion reaction. New research suggests that this goal may soon be within reach.
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With construction slated to begin in spring 2021, the team predicts it could be built within 3 to 4 years from that. Their goal is to achieve a Q factor of at least 2, basically meaning SPARC will pump out twice the energy needed to power it.

Actually, by the calculations in their papers, SPARC could possibly achieve a Q ratio of 10! But the researchers are cautious about overpromising, and are just focused on achieving the lower figure.
It’s still impressive, considering any net gain would be a first for human created controlled fusion.

Assuming it gets built along that predicted 3-4 year timeline and actually gets flipped on, there’s still several steps between SPARC and limitless clean energy.

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Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is ‘Very Likely to Work,’ Studies Suggest
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/climate/nuclear-fusion-reactor.html
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https://earther.gizmodo.com/nuclear-fusion-will-not-save-us-1844605848
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