The United States Navy seems to think so. They have already patented the design. Check out the link below to learn more, readers!
The Navy’s Patent for a Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is Wild. The designs seemingly stretch the limits of science.
Oct 10, 2019
- A patent filed by the U.S. Navy last month claims to have developed a compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor.
- Nuclear fusion has been touted as the ultimate energy source, generating enormous amounts of power with little to no harmful byproducts.
- No one has yet been able to mass produce or control large quantities of fusion energy, so designs for the reactor seemingly stretch the limits of science.
Scientists have longed to create the perfect energy source. Ideally, that source would eventually replace greenhouse gas-spewing fossil fuels, power cars, boats, and planes, and send spacecraft to remote parts of the universe. So far, nuclear fusion energy has seemed like the most likely option to help us reach those goals.
The big problem? It’s difficult to harness, and we’re nowhere near producing it at the scales we need in order to cause a seismic shift in energy policy. That’s why teams of researchers across the world are racing to improve our understanding of this reaction.
Developing a viable source of nuclear fusion energy—the same reaction that powers the sun—has long been seemingly unattainable. The patent for the device was reportedly filed on March 22, 2019, and published late last month. This technology, by all accounts, is a long shot. But it would completely revolutionize how we power our world.
In order to create fusion energy on Earth, scientists and engineers must build instruments that can contain gases that will reach temperatures of hundreds of millions of degrees in order to compel atomic nuclei to slam together at high speeds and create a superheated plasma.