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Energy

Canadian government invests in fusion start-up

by Katherine Bourzac
November 4, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 44

 

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Credit: General Fusion
Pistons surrounding General Fusion's reactor generate pressure inside.

The Canadian government will invest $38 million in General Fusion, a British Columbia-based company working to commercialize nuclear fusion. General Fusion, founded in 2002, is one of a handful of firms promising to generate emissions-free electricity from fusion reactions in hot, high-pressure hydrogen plasmas. So far, none have demonstrated that they can generate net energy from fusion. General Fusion will use the new funds to build a full prototype of its reactor and add staff.

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