How Close Are We to Fusion Energy?

Coal is dirty. Nuclear is scary. Solar and wind aren’t always available. Hydrothermal and hydroelectric aren’t widely accessible. And we'll eventually deplete our oil reserves.

Yes, this is all a bit of hyperbole, but the bottom line is that we don’t have a perfect source of energy. But, there might be hope. Around the world people are working on fusion energy, which might be the safe, efficient, reliable, clean energy source that could save our planet. Okay, that’s a little bit more hyperbole, but it would be world-changing. So, how close are we to fusion energy?  This may come as a surprise to some, but fusion is not some futuristic, sci-fi idea, it’s real. It’s happening. You’ve seen it.

The twinkle of a star and the heat from our sun, are byproducts of fusion. Fusion is the process  of two light atoms, like hydrogen, being forced together due to immense heat and pressure to form a heavier atom, like helium. When this merger happens, energy is released, which creates heat and light. Fusion is the energy that makes life possible on our planet. And many think fusion will power our cities of the future.