Energy of the Stars, With No Emissions A consortium of governments will build a groundbreaking fusion power plant in France for a price in excess of €5 billion. After decades of discouraging setbacks, plasma physics has made jaw-dropping recent progress. Could it save the world? Something went wrong during reactor experiment number 23,995. The fusion process started, continued for a second, but suddenly broke off. Before it collapsed the plasma in the reactor chamber began to vibrate, and microphones transmitted a squealing sound to the control center. "The plasma probably had too much contact with the chamber walls," physicist Arne Kallenbach surmised, "and then underwent a sudden drop in temperature. That happens fairly often. Unfortunately, the plasma is pretty unstable, particularly during the phase when it is being heated up." http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,599211,00.html Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! The "Asdex Upgrade" reactor, at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching, near Munich, uses microwave components to heat plasma to 100 million degrees Celsius -- several times the heat of the sun.