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Some companies are exploring different fuels as well as different designs. California-based TAE Technologies, which has been in business since 1998, is building a nuclear reactor that’s designed to fuse hydrogen with boron-11 by colliding plasma “smoke rings” inside a long, cigar-shaped chamber. This setup would need to hit temperatures even higher than those in tokamaks. But if scaled-up versions work, they could generate electricity without the neutron fusillade.
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Reporting on challenges with tritium fuel for fusion, Science notes TAE Technologies has “decided to simply forgo tritium” to “use plain hydrogen and boron.” TAE’s hydrogen-boron fusion will “require higher temperatures than [deuterium-tritium], but the [company thinks] that’s a price worth paying to avoid tritium hassles” and produce the cleanest, safest fusion reaction.
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