Fusion start ups step in to realise decades old clean power dreamPress
7 February 2020

Fusion start ups step in to realise decades old clean power dream

Governments have spent billions of dollars studying the emissions-free energy source. Now, private ventures are building smaller, faster, cheaper reactors.

“Things that were unthinkable 10 or 20 years ago are now fairly straightforward,” says Jonathan Carling, chief executive of Tokamak Energy, another startup based near Oxford, England, a fusion hub. Tokamak Energy, which recently raised £67 million (US$ 87.3 million), and at least two North American startups also aim around 2025 to fire up prototype fusion reactors, each roughly the size of turbines inside traditional power plants.

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