Physicist George "Hutch" Neilson, director of advanced projects at the U. S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, presented an overview of the present state of nuclear fusion energy production and the future of fusion energy at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston on Feb. 16, 2013.
Neilson and a worldwide group of nuclear physicists outlined present plans for the development of workable fusion reactors.
The scientists claim that fusion to electricity will be a reality in less than 50 years.
China, Russia, India, Japan, the United States, and France have programs that are funded and planned to develop working fusion power plants within the next 20 to 50 years.
To date each country has developed a Demonstration Power Plant (DEMO) model that will be constructed and tested with the goal of developing power plants to demonstrate the viability and safety of nuclear fusion as the power source of the future.