It has long been the endeavours of governments and scientists alike to achieve that most elusive of energy sources, wholly stable and sustainable fusion energy, also known as the ‘Holy Grail of Energy.’
So, what is fusion energy and what are the processes involved in achieving it? Fusion is created by the fusing together of atoms, such as hydrogen and doing it pretty much the same way as our Sun creates its energy, so no easy task really. Fusion energy has the ability to provide safe and clean electricity, thus negating the need for the use of fossil power stations. With about 1Kg of fusion fuel creating as much power as 10,000,000Kg of coal the benefits are obvious.
Genvolt have provided some of their power supplies to Tokamak Energy and the other week had great pleasure in visiting with Adrian McFarland (Pictured with Paul Ferrie from Genvolt), with part of the visit including a tour of the exciting new Tokamak (Pictured), which will revolutionise fusion energy in the not too distant future. Having already been tested and creating a plasma as hot as the Sun they are well on their way to achieving their goals and are on track to reach 100,000,000 Degrees in 2020!
If we want to replicate these fusion reactions here on Earth we need temperatures of about 150,000,000 Degrees which equates to about 10 times hotter than the centre of the sun.
You can read more about their amazing work and how they are getting closer to the reality of sustainable fusion on their website Tokamak Energy.
[Sources: Bloomberg Moonshot & Dr Melanie Windridge from Tokamak Energy]