Nuclear fusion is the most naturally occurring method of creating energy which if cracked, promises cheap, clean and abundant energy. Unfortunately for scientists, it also happens to occur in the Sun… Achieving these extreme and brutal conditions of the sun in a lab on earth is immensely difficult and has presented countless scientific and engineering challenges in the decades long plight for making fusion a reality. No wonder the joke has been that Fusion is always 30 years away. However, now armed with huge injections of private investment it seems that fusion might be shaking its elusive reputation. Helen visited Tokamak energy to see how close they’re getting to making Nuclear Fusion commercially viable and into the grid. Brace yourself for some mega magnets, mind-boggling numbers and a touch of Czerski scepticism as Fully Charged explore this mysterious lab nestled in the heart of Oxfordshire.
Are the contain units still just a few years away, as they have been since 1960?
isnt there a UK operation that has accomplished this, at least for a few seconds?
The experiments produced 59 megajoules of energy over five seconds (11 megawatts of power).
Oh yeah I should probably get back on with that project…