Fusion energy could provide near unlimited clean energy and help meet the world’s rapidly growing electricity demands — but only if formidable technical challenges can be overcome. We dive into how fusion energy works, and the startups and investors driving the star-inspired technology forward.
The promise of fusion energy has always been compelling — an effectively unlimited source of energy which is safe to operate and doesn’t produce carbon emissions.
Sounds almost too good to be true.
Though getting fusion reactions going is relatively routine (a teenager once built a small reactor in his garage), creating a commercially viable fusion-driven power plant requires getting out significantly more energy than is put in.
This is no easy task, but investors — including Jeff Bezos, New Enterprise Associates, and Goldman Sachs — are already placing their bets.
In this analysis, we look at how the technology works, its challenges, the approaches of various startups in the space, and the investors backing them.