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Reaching net-power to achieve net-zero

In the last 50 years, scientists have made vast breakthroughs in their understanding of fusion physics, and are closer than ever to creating a fusion power plant.  Aided by advances in computing and plasma physics, fusion energy has seen significant progress in the last few decades.


As a result, General Fusion is on its way to build a prototype fusion plant. Once complete, the next major milestone will be to achieve breakeven conditions. “Net-power” represents the tipping point for fusion to disrupt the electricity market.


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It takes a lot of energy to heat fuel to 100 million degrees Celsius, so once the conditions to produce fusion have been reached the next step is to get more energy out of the reaction than what was put into making it. This is breakeven.

In 2014 the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory made the first steps to breakeven. Using a laser fusion approach, NIF compresses pellets to heat them to fusion conditions at high density. Early in that year NIF announced that, in the center of a fuel pellet, the energy produced from fusion was greater than the energy absorbed in the pellet.

In fact, the progress of fusion has tracked Moore’s law (the famous observation of trends in computing power) and fusion experiments are now producing 10,000 times more energy output than they were in the 1970s.

Graph of progress in fusion plotted against Moore's Law The progress of fusion, as measured by energy output, has paralleled Moore's law.

The race is now on to demonstrate a fusion power plant that achieves breakeven. The largest effort is ITER, a US$30 billion international scientific collaboration scheduled for completion in 2025. ITER is designed to produce 500MW of power out from 50MW of input power, but will not supply electricity to the grid – it is first and foremost a science experiment that will enable the construction of demonstration plants between 2030 and 2050.

Artist's illustration of the ITER Tokamak
Artist's illustration of the ITER Tokamak. Image credit: ITER

While large scale experiments such as these continue, the technological improvements that have gotten us to this point have attracted new players in fusion energy. These private companies see the urgent need for a new energy source to combat climate change before it’s too late – an energy source that is clean, safe, abundant, and can compete with fossil fuels on price.

Backed by venture capital, firms such as General Fusion are pursuing commercially viable power plant designs, leveraging the agility and efficiency of private industry to bring fusion power to the grid in years rather than decades.

Learn more about how General Fusion is developing a faster path to fusion on our website, and watch out for our next email in your inbox.