“I have a dream, to see a light bulb lit by the power of fusion within my lifetime. This light bulb will be, and has to be, in China.”

Li Jiangang, a leading Chinese nuclear fusion scientist


Chinese fusion scientists are awaiting Chinese government approval for the construction of the world’s first fusion electric power plant, the proposed Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR). The CFETR proposal sees the fusion reactor going into operation in 2030, generating 200 megawatts of power initially, before an upgrade in the following decade that would ramp up output to around a gigawatt. The project is getting the support of the world’s nuclear fusion scientists.


Professor Steven Cowley, president of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and former head of Britain’s Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, said the best choice for other countries was to embrace, and even support, China’s leadership in fusion research.

“If China is first towards full commercial fusion power that is great since it will really benefit everyone. I would like to see us all help China to accelerate the pace of fusion development. Certainly the European Union would also like to be first to commercial fusion power – but the most important thing is that someone does it as soon as possible.”

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