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Sep 3, 2021
Building stars on Earth: the potential of nuclear fusion
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Is there such a thing as "perfect" energy? With nuclear fusion, the answer is maybe.

Fusion energy would be safe to human health, environmentally clean, and essentially limitless. 

But, developing a sustainable fusion reaction still faces significant engineering hurdles and is likely decades away from becoming a reality.

So, where are we in the development of fusion technology? What technical challenges remain? And what practical challenges must be overcome to make fusion a competitive energy source?

Sir Steven Cowley, director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and Dr. Aneeqa Khan, Research Fellow in Nuclear Fusion at The University of Manchester, answer these questions in this episode.

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