WORLD - Searching for Fusion Energy

Arno Froese

Besides the European Fusion Program, there are other major programs throughout the world. In the ITER project Europe, Japan, China, India, Russia, South Korea and the USA are jointly engaged in preparing and then [constructing] an experimental reactor. Fusion research is also being conducted in numerous other countries. – Max Planck Institute

Wikipedia continues on the topic:

A tokamak is a device which uses a powerful magnetic field to confine plasma in the shape of a torus. The tokamak is one of several types of magnetic confinement devices being developed to produce controlled thermonuclear fusion power. As of 2016, it was the leading candidate for a practical fusion reactor. The word “tokamak” is derived from a Russian acronym meaning “toroidal chamber with magnetic coils.”

By the mid-1970s, dozens of tokamaks were in use around the world. By the late 1970s, these machines had reached all of the conditions needed for practical fusion, although not at the same time nor in a single reactor. With the goal of breakeven (a fusion energy gain factor equal to 1) now in sight, a new series of machines were designed that would run on a fusion fuel of deuterium and tritium. These machines, notably the Joint European Torus (JET) and Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR), had the explicit goal of reaching breakeven.

Instead, these machines demonstrated new problems that limited their performance. Solving these would require a much larger and more expensive machine, beyond the abilities of any one country. After an initial agreement between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in November 1985, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) effort emerged and remains the primary international effort to develop practical fusion power.

From the USA, we read:

[In 2022] on a December morning, scientists at the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California (LLNL) managed, in a world first, to produce a nuclear fusion reaction that released more energy than it used, in a process called “ignition.” 

-www.cnn.com, 20 December 2023

From Great Britain:

Brian Appelbe, a research fellow from the Center for Inertial Fusion Studies at Imperial College London, said the ability to replicate demonstrates the “robustness” of the process, showing it can be achieved even when conditions such as the laser or fuel pellet are varied. 

Nuclear fusion, the reaction that powers the sun and other stars, involves smashing two or more atoms together to form a denser one, in a process that releases huge amounts of energy. 

-www.cnn.com, 20 December 2023

Arno's Commentary

Traditional sources of energy—mostly oil, natural gas, and coal—are the declared enemies of the environmental movement. To get unlimited clean energy from fusion would be the dream of mankind. 

One statement in particular (from another part of the article) is significant about the harnessing of fusion energy: “…essentially recreating the power of the sun on Earth.” 

With this, we are getting closer to mankind’s increased independence from God the Creator. Suddenly, the multi-trillion-dollar energy industry will be replaced with virtually unlimited energy resources. That would be super-sensational!

As Christians, we must realize that God’s judgment upon the first man is being virtually overturned by technology. To Adam, God said, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” (Genesis 3:19a). In verse 17, God declares, “in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.” Not so today; the mechanized, scientifically-supported agricultural industry is producing more food than ever before in history—this despite exponential population growth. In the year 1900, 1.6 billion people were on earth; today, there are 8 billion people. Food production, one study found, wastes 30-40 percent, yet there is an overabundance of food available. 

Look again at the sentence, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.” Not so; modern agricultural equipment is often designed for one’s comfort, with dust filters and even air conditioning. What will be the end? “…I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing…” (Revelation 3:17). That is the statement of the Laodicean church—not surprisingly, the seventh and final one.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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