News4c.com By Daniel Knighten -July 3, 2017
Earl Marmar, director of the Alcator C-Mod Tokamak project of the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says that from 2030 we will have nuclear fusion energy. The nuclear fusion will change the energy industry on the ground, being the only true source of renewable and environmentally friendly energy.
Marmar states that “2030 may seem aggressive, but I do not think it’s excluded,” writes Science Alert.
At present, despite much progress, nuclear fusion is not a stable (not to say feasible) method of obtaining electricity.
Nuclear fusion physics is somewhat simple to understand, being the inverse of nuclear fission – the way in which current nuclear energy is exploited. Instead of atom disintegration, nuclear fusion seeks, as the name says, to fuse atoms to get energy. Also, the basic reaction is the fusion of hydrogen atoms to obtain helium atoms, which also feeds the stars.
Moreover, fusion would produce much more energy than fission. The problem lies in creating the conditions for this reaction to take place: it needs an environment with temperatures above 30 million degrees Celsius. In this regard, Marmar mentions that “we know how the merger works; We also know how nuclear physics works. Technology questions remain. ”
Currently, there are many solutions proposed to stabilize nuclear fusion. In the world, there is a consistent series of projects that intend to solve the technological part of the reactor. Marmar, who spoke to Inverse, mentioned only two of these: Tokamak Energy in the UK, where researchers have chosen to reduce the size of the “donut” hole to use more plasma and ITER, the largest project of its kind in Which is attended by 35 countries.
Unfortunately, MIT’s Tokamak reactor is no longer active, but more than 20 years of experience in fusion technology left behind a considerable amount of data that can be capitalized in the future.