Fusion Energy Explained â€“ Future or Failure, by Kurzgesagt
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This missed an important point about tritium, it can be created form the interaction of lithium with the high energy neutrons given off by in fusion reactions. Tritium can then be fed back in to the process, making magnetic confinement reactors tritium neutral.
It's already old tech. At least a generation behind on superconductor types, performance, and field strength. We could build a reactorÂ todayÂ with it's only limit being structural strength; we can build new REBCO coils strong enough to contain plasma at pressures that become difficult to containÂ physically. MIT has the design ready, but we're dumping 10x the cost and 5x the time into a design fromÂ last centuryÂ (ITER) that is nothing more than an experiment.