General Fusion is one of the startups that aims to make the energy generated from nuclear fusion a reality, besides, of course, making it economically viable.
This process differs from conventional nuclear energy in that instead of splitting atoms, it involves the fusion of hydrogen atoms under high temperatures and pressure inside a reactor.
This process, which is the same as in the heart of a star, releases a large amount of energy. However, to date, this technology is not yet commercially viable. Currently, starting a fusion reaction requires more energy than it is capable of producing.
However, with players like Jeff Bezos entering the field of power generation through nuclear fusion, this sector gains a chance to prosper and make this technology a viable alternative to others renewable sources for energy production.
However, the General Fusion test plant built in Culham is still not generating any energy. The facility, which is about 70% the size of a commercial reactor, should only become operational in 2025, according to information from the portal Futurism. In addition, the installation will also serve as a basis for the development of other reactors.
In its latest round of investments, General Fusion raised no less than US$ 100 million (R$ 500 million) from private entities, in addition to receiving funding from the government of the United Kingdom.
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The company's approach to fusion power involves compressing plasma at very high temperatures inside a cylinder lined with a kind of liquid metal wall.
This process is called magnetized target fusion, and it uses this heat to generate steam and also to turn a turbine. Fusion energy has been studied for some decades as a cleaner alternative with a smaller carbon footprint than alternatives such as fossil fuel-based plants or nuclear reactions.
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