July 25, 2023Fusion Power
The recent devastating fires and heat waves in southern Europe and the Greek islands are a reminder of how humans are almost powerless in the face of nature’s wrath. When natural disasters hit, especially in remote locations, they hit hard, and the minimal infrastructure that people had, is gone in a blink of an eye.
Health services, drinking water, shelter, and heat are the basic securities people need during and after any natural disaster, and electricity is at the heart of all of them. Without power, other life support systems are almost impossible to maintain until the infrastructure has been restored which could take too long.
Even during the fires themselves, the lack of power hinders local rescue operations. The Greek islands are surrounded by water that could have easily been pumped to help fight the fires, but no power and no way of getting power to those areas left firefighters with what they had in their trucks.
Compact fusion reactors are a niche future within the big fusion power vision. A large fusion reactor can replace traditional power plants, but the infrastructure and grids needed to use them are huge and just like today, do not reach all habitable areas on the planet. The UN Sustainable Development says that even today millions of humans do not have access to electricity, and many more do not have access to clean energy, due to the logistics and costs of expanding the grid.
Compact reactors, however, have several implementations that could solve energy problems in speed and with no reliance on grids, topography, or weather. One of these scenarios is, of course, a natural disaster.
Traditional power sources, such as fossil fuels and even nuclear fission, are often unavailable or unreliable in disaster areas, as plants are down, and grids are out of service. This is where fusion reactors, and specifically, compact fusion reactors come in. This solution could quickly supply 15 to 20 MWh of power as a quick, air-lifted emergency deployment solution. Literally a lifesaver.
nT-tao is working on that solution. An independent, clean, safe, and modular power source that can, on one hand, light up a new modern-designed off-grid neighborhood, and on the other hand, a whole village and its very own water purifier, hospital, or school. The usability of a compact fusion reactor is limitless, as is the power source itself.
Compact fusion reactors can operate 24/7, regardless of the weather or other external factors. This means that they can provide a reliable source of power for life support, water purification, and other essential services. They also produce no emissions, or radioactive waste, making them a clean and sustainable source of power. This is especially important in disaster areas. If a fusion reactor is faulty, it simply stops producing power with no meltdowns or other hazards.
The future is not only in clean cities, gridless skies, and safe energy, it’s also in getting developing countries and underdeveloped countries to join the human advancement race.