Tri Alpha Energy nuclear fusion reactor

Nuclear fusion is one of the great hopes for the energy of the future: clean and inexhaustible. Why is it not applied? Because no one has succeeded in translating the expectation into reality. Again. And is that a private American company, Tri Alpha EnergyLaunching a fusion reactor might not be that far away in just ten years.

With a team of over 150 professionals from up to 25 countries (including Nobel Laureates and Maxwell), the firm has already been able to develop a technology containing plasma at 10 million degrees for 11.5 milliseconds. It may not seem like much and in fact the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has successfully tested 35 million degrees; But Tri Alpha Energy claims it can go much further and even be able to launch the first commercial fusion reactor in 2027.

Commercial nuclear fusion reactor

For this goal to be achieved, by then the company will face the challenge of raising the temperature to 3 billion degrees, to achieve a fusion reaction This will be invested $ 500 million in funding, with which the American firm proposes to develop a prototype on a larger scale, predictably based on a new design of a cylindrical reactor that produces heat through the use of magnetic fields.

Basically what this company is looking for is for its equipment to be able to maintain the gas at such high temperatures that it produces a mixture of electrons and ions called plasma. If the ions collide with enough power, a fusion occurs whereby part of the mass is converted into energy, which occurs in millions of degrees Celsius.

While in Tri Alpha Energy, they advance in this line, bet on the use of a mixture of hydrogen and boron this makes it difficult to carry out the reaction, although it avoids other conventional melting problems; many other projects share the same goal: to make possible what has so often seemed impossible – nuclear fusion.

The international thermonuclear experimentation reactor (ITER), promoted with funds from several countries; In addition to initiatives from companies such as General Fusion, in addition to Tri Alpha itself, they are currently working to find this sun on earth that opens up a new source of zero emissions and virtually limitless energy.