Undeterred by taunts that fusion always seems to lie 50 years in the future as a commercial energy source, a growing programme of research is aimed at taming the nuclear reaction that powers the sun and the H-bomb. It releases energy by combining light elements, in contrast to the atom-splitting fission process that drives current nuclear power stations. Fusion research falls into three different camps. One is the traditional “big science” approach – exemplified by ITER, a project to build an experimental fusion reactor at Cadarache in France.
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