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New magnet breakthrough could unleash smaller, more potent fusion reactors

Chris Young reports for Interesting Engineering about a new breakthrough for fusion reactors.

The C3 Take
  • Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Lab have found a way to build powerful magnets for nuclear fusion that can better withstand higher temperatures.
  • Fusion, which offers the possibility of limitless clean energy, requires the use of high-temperature plasma.
  • This breakthrough could bring nuclear fusion closer to commercial viability.

“The smaller magnets will, in theory, allow for more design iterations of tokamaks, as they can be more easily placed in different locations, allowing for more configurations. We may still be a long way from seeing the first fully operational fusion reactor, but this new development brings us one step closer to commercially viable nuclear fusion.”

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