December 4, 2022

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Climate technology to save the planet: star power

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Nuclear fusion is the reaction that powers stars, and scientists say replicating it on Earth could produce all the energy we’ll ever need without the CO2. But nobody has yet built a fusion reactor that actually produces more energy than it uses. Fusion researchers say that’s about to change, and private fusion startups say they’re on the verge of building working fusion power plants. In the latest installment of Tech Tonic’s climate engineering series, Pilita Clark visits the UK’s groundbreaking fusion research reactor and talks to longtime fusion researcher Professor Ian Chapman about the latest advances. Fusion scientist Dr. Melanie Windridge tells us about the potential of fusion energy and Michl Binderbauer from private fusion company TAE Technologies outlines the ambitious plans of the private fusion sector. We also hear from FT Energy correspondent Tom Wilson how private investment is pouring into the sector.

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Presented by Pilita Clark. Edwin Lane is Executive Producer. Produced by Josh Gabert-Doyon with production help from Fiona Symon and Leo Schick. Executive Producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Samantha Giovinco and Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. FT Audio Director is Cheryl Brumley.

Clips: Warner Brothers, Iter Project, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, PBS Nova/Horizon

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