If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That iron law instilled by grandparents across the world is as true today as it ever has been, but the thing is, fusion energy *may* just be the exception to that rule.
Free, clean, and unlimited-that's the promise of fusion-produced energy. Now, if you're like me ~1.5 hours ago and have no idea what fusion is or means, please allow me to elaborate.
Fusion is the process employed by stars like the sun to produce energy. Have you ever noticed the sun's battery die? Exactly.
- Fusion energy is produced by forcing atomic nuclei together, which for some hella sciencey reasons, produces a verified f*ckton of energy.
- Fission energy production, which you've likely heard of before, is created through the opposite process: splitting those nuclei apart.
The thing about fusion, however, is that it's a whole lot harder to produce. Back in the 1960s, nerdy physicists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (LLNL NIF) first theorized the idea of creating fission energy by employing lasers in its production. This past week, they did just that.
Avid ape-readers of the Peel know that I'm never one to exaggerate or be sarcastic, so this should come out crystal clear. Fusion energy production at scale has the potential to create literally free, unlimited, and completely green energy for essentially the entire planet. Someone punch me in the face; this can't be real, right?
Well, it's not yet. Not really. Just as it's been 60 years since the idea of generating energy through fusion using lasers was posited, the same group of nerds expects it to take roughly the same time period before the technology reaches scale.
If you're like me, your first thought was probably, "cool, but how can I trade on this?" Well, that's a tough call. There cannot be any kind of historical price action to reference because this has literally never happened before. Ever. Other than the sun, this is the first time that fusion energy has been created in our entire solar system. Humans are good.
For now, your trade ideas are as good as mine (or probably better, actually). Let's just enjoy the vibes for now.
It's been a rough year, and yesterday, baby steps were made in both the development of fusion and cancer treatments (shoutout Moderna).
To paraphrase Ice Cube, Yesterday Was a Good Day.
The big question: Can humans truly develop and foster fusion energy and put to rest the challenge of energy scarcity forever?
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