Fusion has changed from an impossible, mad concept to gaining a lot of attention from big investors. Five years ago, Michel Laberge was seen as a mad man; today, he leads a team of 65 top scientists and physicists, works in a three unit complex, is invited to speak in different fusion conferences and is advancing immensely. As reported by Burnaby news Leader in the article “Where Are They Now? General Fusion gets closer to the sun:”
From a handful of scaled-down components scattered on the concrete warehouse floor, the team has progressed to two small working prototypes of plasma injectors and a fully-functional piston compression system that consists of dozens of giant pistons jutting from a central core.
Small is a relative term. The injectors are as big as a living room and the array of pistons tower over a visitor. A full-size prototype fusion reactor would require a facility covering at least 100,000 square feet and many stories tall, said Delage.