At the COP26 climate summit, scientists and engineers from around the world will discuss the possibility of fusion energy in reducing carbon emissions and reaching net zero.
According to the experts, fusion is the mechanism that drives both the Sun and stars and, in the long run, provides a practically endless low carbon energy source.
They will also emphasize that it is more than capable of meeting future global electricity demand, as more low-carbon technologies necessitate more electricity.
The caveat is that fusion seems to be a difficult process that is currently one of engineering and science’s most difficult challenges.
To harness the power, experts from all around the world will need to collaborate on research, which is presently underway with the ITER project, which is led by scientists from 35 countries.
Following more than $2 billion (£1.49 billion) in private investment in the energy source in recent years, the speakers will call for further worldwide investment in the energy source in the coming years.
“Fusion energy is low carbon, safe, and efficient, and the fuels are abundant,” stated Professor Ian Chapman, CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. It’s a game-changer for the future of global energy.
“I have no doubt that fusion will be an important element of the energy mix for future generations.” It’s one of history’s most important scientific and engineering missions, on par with the Apollo program, and the stakes for success will be enormous for our planet.”
“Fusion scientists and engineers are closer than ever to having this breakthrough clean, sustainable energy switched on,” said Dr Bernard Bigot, Director General of ITER and Chair of the group slated to speak later at COP26.
“Here in Glasgow, we’re urging world leaders to consider a future in which fusion is a critical component of a global zero-carbon energy mix.”