This has been on the horizon for decades, but slipping in real time. Things are looking up though.
…researchers, at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, near Oxford, are part of a consortium of physicists from 11 European countries who hope to find a safe and reliable solution to the problem of dwindling fossil fuel supplies.
They will submit plans for (a fusion) reactor next month to the European Commission and hope to start work on the project, called the High Powered Laser Research (HiPER) facility, within the next three years.
With the EU involved, I wouldn’t hold my breath. But this looks more promising:
The National Ignition Facility, or NIF, is an high-energy, high-power laser research device currently under construction at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in Livermore, California.
The device’s main roles will be exploration of inertial confinement fusion and, through these experiments, exploring the science/physics underlying high energy density physics and nuclear weapons for the United States…
Construction of the NIF is currently estimated to be completed in 2009 with the first fusion ignition tests planned for 2010.
Cheap, clean power, no more oil needed, and better nukes.
What’s not to like.