CarolynFarstrider December 4, 2020 03:36 AM Great. Sounds wonderful. If it's really so safe, and so unobjectionable on other grounds, then let's have it in Westminster, or Chelsea, next door to the houses of the good and the great who govern the UK! FB36 December 4, 2020 07:19 AM Some people still may think "Why humanity needs fusion power? Why not just use solar & wind power etc?"IMHO, humanity definitely/absolutely needs fusion power, because it could really take humanity to a whole new level (which cannot ever be done using solar & wind power etc)!For example, titanium is an extremely durable & strong & light material & Earth has plenty of it, but AFAIK, it requires so much electricity to mine/process!Imagine, if we had so much (clean) electricity, we could build all kinds of land/air/sea vehicles, buildings, roads, even whole cities from titanium!Imagine, we could build a global permanent water pipeline network (& do seawater desalinization) & provide plenty water to everywhere on Earth (for agriculture & forests etc)!Imagine, very tall poles w/ very powerful infrared heater lamps (etc) on top!Imagine, using many of them in cities/towns to turn winters to springs/summers!And/or, using many of them in agricultural fields to grow any hot climate (even tropical) crops/trees, even in coldest places on Earth!& no doubt, many new techs would become reality, once we have enough electricity power for them!(For example, consider how computers & internet are used in many ways today, which were pretty much unimaginable to their inventors!)Also, yes, fusion research was going on for many decades w/o success but humanity is very clearly keeps learning more about all kinds of fusion possibilities!It should not be any surprise to anybody that such civilization transformative tech requires a lot of research & cost & hard work! Hellem December 4, 2020 08:00 AM What are they talking about? Seem to have missed evolving green technologies that are cheaper then any of the existing solutions. This totally disregards environmental impact but totally serves the existing energy lobbyists. bwana4swahili December 4, 2020 10:00 AM "they've always been 25 years in the future" And at present this still seems to be the future of fusion energy. And to think the Sun makes it look so easy...But if mankind wants essentially unlimited energy, fusion energy HAS to be attained. Solar and wind are simply not up to the task!! aksdad December 4, 2020 03:08 PM "Seem to have missed evolving green technologies that are cheaper then any of the existing solutions." Not when you figure in the low capacity factor of wind and solar and the power storage required to make them reliable. Currently they require fossil fuel, nuclear, or hydroelectric plants to back them up. "But if mankind wants essentially unlimited energy, fusion energy HAS to be attained." Nah. We already have uranium-fueled nuclear fission plants that will do the job. Now that uranium extraction from seawater has been proven and demonstrated to be cost-effective there's enough uranium to provide the world's energy needs for a billion years. It's essentially "renewable". And nuclear fission power plants are by far the most efficient and safest power plants. With new designs making them even safer and more efficient at burning and recycling all the fuel, it's real technology available now, that can provide power 24/7 and the technology isn't always tantalizingly 25 years in the future. fen December 4, 2020 06:35 PM They cant make a profit from the oil they have, they are leaving the EU, their universities wont have EU funding, wont collaborate on EU funded research. This is just them trying to pretend that life outside the EU is going to be cheap limitless energy, a nirvana, with limitless possibilities, but its all just spin. rgorman December 5, 2020 12:00 AM Since 1960 the standard for fusion power has been 30 years from now. Around 1990 MIT did a study of the concepts available for fusion power. The least expensive concept using liquid berylium fluoride salt as the inner wall was more than 4 times as expensive as a conventional uranium reactor system. In addition the world's supply of berylium was only enough for 4 power plants. I have yet to see a concept that conquers the "first wall problem" so fusion power plants are hardly "clean".The present cost of wind turbine power is much less than any other system, and solar cell electric power is getting less and less expensive. In 1977 it cost just as much to transport electrical power for 1800 km as to generate the power. Solar cells because they can be used in local microgrids avoid most of the transmission cost.I agree with Carolyn Farstrider about locating it locating it next to the "good and great who govern" Douglas Bennett Rogers December 5, 2020 08:31 AM The 25 year prediction is a lot more solid now since there is an actual power plant platform (ITER) that is mostly built. Eddy December 6, 2020 07:49 PM Bring it on so we can go back to proper warm white tungsten lighting, I'm sick of these LED imposters that start to flicker after a while, probably due to over-voltage with all this rooftop solar. guzmanchinky December 7, 2020 07:55 AM I hope I live to see this become commonplace.