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AS THE world's fossil fuel reserves
decline, the search for a clean, inexpensive and sustainable source of energy
hots up. At a site near Abingdon, a us
$794 million experiment to develop a
new and virtually non-polluting energy
source has entered the final phase of its
programme. The experiment, known as
jet (joint European Torus) is part of a
multinational research programme to
develop nuclear fusion as a reasonably
priced energy source for the future.
In the jet experiment, fusion of atoms occurs in very high temperatures inside a specially designed vacuum chamber known as "torus". Tom Elsworth, Jet spokesperson, described the process as inherently safe due to its slow reaction rate. It would also generate less nuclear waste because of the low radioactivity of basic materials.
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