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The path to fusion power.
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PMID:  17272246     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Fusion is potentially an environmentally responsible and intrinsically safe source of essentially limitless power. It should be possible to build viable fusion power stations, and it looks as if the cost of fusion power will be reasonable. But time is needed to further develop the technology and to test in power station conditions the materials that would be used in their construction. Assuming no major adverse surprises, an orderly fusion development programme could lead to a prototype fusion power station putting electricity into the grid within 30 years, with commercial fusion power following some 10 or more years later. In the second half of the century, fusion could therefore be an important part of the portfolio of measures that are needed to cope with rising demand for energy in an environmentally responsible manner. In this paper, we describe the basics of fusion, its potential attractions, the status of fusion R&D, the remaining challenges and how they will be tackled at the International Tokamak Experimental Reactor and the proposed International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility, and the timetable for the subsequent commercialization of fusion power.
Chris Llewellyn Smith; David Ward
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences     Volume:  365     ISSN:  1364-503X     ISO Abbreviation:  Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci     Publication Date:  2007 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-02-26     Completed Date:  2007-05-01     Revised Date:  2013-04-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101133385     Medline TA:  Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  945-56     Citation Subset:  IM    
Euratom/UKAEA Fusion Association, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon OX14 3DB, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Conservation of Energy Resources / methods*,  trends*
Nuclear Fusion*
Power Plants / instrumentation*,  methods,  trends*
Research / instrumentation,  trends
Research Design
Technology Assessment, Biomedical

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