France has a megajoule laser fusion project
Laser fusion produces much higher temperature and pressures (than magnetic fusion), so fusion occurs faster, and the plasma must be confined for only billionths of a second.
By the end of 2012, Livermore hopes to reach ignition by producing more energy from fusion than is needed to generate the laser pulse. Livermore's hopes to build a plant delivering about 440 megawatts of electricity within a decade and a full-scale versions that follow would deliver about 1000 megawatts. It would be a hybrid fusion-fission plant. The commercialization of laser fusion has not been funded yet.
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