As the interest in fusion energy continues to grow rapidly, both in the scientific community and among the general public, there’s a parallel need for reliable, accessible information about this exciting field. Addressing this need, a group of recently retired but deeply experienced fusion researchers have come together to create an invaluable resource: factsaboutfusion.org.
This website serves as an educational platform, designed to make the intricate world of fusion energy understandable and engaging for everyone. It sheds light on the fundamentals of fusion energy – from the science that drives it to the innovative technologies being explored worldwide. In simple terms, the site delves into how fusion works, particularly on Earth, and the conditions necessary for both magnetic and inertial confinement.
One of the website’s strengths is its ability to explain the role of fusion within the broader narrative of global energy needs. It reviews the significant milestones in fusion research, balancing the successes with the challenges still to be overcome. By explaining the main physics and engineering principles in layperson’s terms, the site helps demystify the complex judgments involved in advancing fusion research.
What sets factsaboutfusion.org apart is its objective viewpoint. While the authors are knowledgeable and experienced in the field of fusion, their retirement status allows them to offer a neutral perspective that complements existing fusion project websites. This unique vantage point enhances the website’s goal of fostering a better-informed public.
Launched in August 2023, the site plans to expand its content based on reader feedback, with a particular focus on plasma physics and plasma-facing component engineering. The authors envision the site not only as a standalone resource but also as a valuable supplement to existing fusion project websites, providing a comprehensive overview for newcomers to the field.
- Bill Spears
We at EUROfusion appreciate the efforts of Bill Spears and his team in creating this informative resource. Facts About Fusion aligns well with our mission to demystify and disseminate knowledge about fusion energy, making it a recommended read for anyone seeking to understand this fascinating area of scientific endeavour.