Lockheed Makes Breakthrough in Fusion Energy

October 21, 2014 By Karen Henry

nuclear-fusion-energy-manageLockheed Martin has demonstrated the feasibility of building a compact 100 MW reactor—a technological breakthrough in fusion energy that could pave the way in developing new power sources, Reuters reports.

Measuring seven feet by 10 feet, the reactor is 10 times smaller than current reactors. Not only would compact nuclear fusion produce less waste than coal-powered energy plants, it would also generate 10 million times more energy than the same amount of fossil fuels. According to the company, future reactors could use a fuel that completely eliminates radioactive waste.

Lockheed Martin said it plans on building a test reactor in less than a year and a prototype in five years. A power source based on the technology could be ready for use in a decade.

In February, the Department of Energy issued about $6.5 billion in loan guarantees for the construction of the two new nuclear reactors to be built at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in Waynesboro, Georgia—the first new nuclear facilities in the United States in nearly three decades.

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One comment on “Lockheed Makes Breakthrough in Fusion Energy

  1. I think you mean to say “fission” reactors, not fusion reactors, which we do not have any commercially available anywhere yet. Nuclear reactions we use commercially “split atoms”. Thermonuclear reactions involving fusion is what hydrogen bombs are based on. Klaus

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