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Can Nuclear Fusion Put the Brakes on Climate Change?

Rivka Galchen of The New Yorker writes on the benefits of nuclear fusion in addressing climate change.

The C3 Take
  • Nuclear fusion is one emerging technology that can provide an infinite amount of clean power by colliding hydrogen atoms together to create energy.
  • Commonwealth Fusion Systems, a startup formed by MIT scientists, has recently made a breakthrough in fusion technology with its magnet that replicates the sun’s fusion process with incredible energy efficiency.
  • While there is no silver bullet solution to address climate change, nuclear fusion is an important technology that could drastically reduce emissions while providing reliable energy.

“Fusion, theoretically, has no scarcity issues; our planet has enough of fusion’s primary fuels, heavy hydrogen and lithium, which are found in seawater, to last thirty million years. Fusion requires no major advances in batteries, it would be available on demand, it wouldn’t cause the next Fukushima, and it wouldn’t be too pricey—if only we could figure out all the ‘details.'”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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