Back on October 24th The Engineer invited its readers to send in their questions about how nuclear fusion power might become a commercial reality or what exactly happens to the tax money funneled into Europe’s big fusion research projects. The site lined up experts from the world’s largest fusion experiment, JET, and its planned follow-up project ITER, to answer your questions. (See The Engineer Q&A: nuclear fusion power)

(Note: ITER is the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor currently under construction in Cadarache, France. It is the world’s largest scientific project. For the latest on ITER see here.)

On November 5th The Engineer published the expert’s responses to the public’s questions.  You can read the responses here. (Nuclear fusion, JET and ITER: Your questions answered)

The questions include:

What is the biggest obstacle to making fusion technology commercially viable and what steps will we need to take after ITER to get there?

What is your best estimate of when fusion power will be able to supply electricity to the grid?

Why is fusion  a worthwhile investment, particularly over other already-proven alternative energy technologies such as renewables?




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