This was, more or less, the headline on an article in today’s Montreal Gazette. Subhead claims hurdles are immense but “Success is close”. Is this really true?
There were a couple of disquieting things in the article. For one thing they talked of fusing deuterium and tritium. I know deuterium is relatively common, although concentrating is not trivial. But I thought that tritium was radioactive and not found in nature. Or not found in any quantity, which would seem to make it hard to scale this. Also, they said that while they were now producing more energy than they were using, they needed to be producing 60 times the amount of energy they used if it was to profitable. This kind of belies the “Success is close” claim.
So my question really is, can someone who knows a lot more about this than me enlighten me about the real situation?