Funding to fusion energy companies accelerated in the 2010s compared to the 2000s
The recent news of Equinor’s investment into fusion energy start up, Commonwealth Fusion Systems, marks the fourth major oil and gas company investing in the fusion energy space.
The number of companies working on fusion is increasing dramatically because of confidence in plasma physics and fusion engineering, new technologies, and a societal demand for baseload, clean energy.
When two light nuclei like hydrogen fuse into a heavier element like helium, energy is released from the conversion of a small fraction of their masses into energy.
Achieving a specific triple product is a necessary but not sufficient condition for all fusion energy schemes.