The fable of nuclear fusion

“The production of electricity from nuclear fusion will most likely be so expensive and so complex that it will never become economically viable. It will not be a commercially competitive energy source and certainly not even a clean one. If ever such a hideously complex beast is reliably operated, the cost of a single nuclear fusion power plant will simply be enormous. Surely it will come too late to help fight climate change, as will be amply made clear in this book. There is no chance it will contribute to the energy mix this century, let alone before or around 2050, as required by the Paris Climate Agreement.“.

This is the preface of a recent essay by the physicist LJ Reinders, titled “The Fairy Tale od Nuclear Fusion” (The fable of nuclear fusion).

A book that presents facts and arguments that demonstrate how nuclear fusion energy will not be technically feasible in time to meet the urgent global need for climate-neutral energy.

The author describes the 70-year history of nuclear fusion; the unsuccessful attempts to build a nuclear fusion reactor that generates energy, and shows that even in the most optimistic scenario nuclear fusion, despite the claims of its supporters, will not be able to make a significant contribution to the energy mix of this century, whatever is the result of ITER.

This implies that fusion energy will not be a factor in the fight against climate change and that the race to save the climate with carbon-free energy will have been won or lost long before the first nuclear fusion power plant goes into operation.

Aimed at the general public and those whose decisions directly affect energy policy, this book will be a valuable resource for informing future debates.

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