Recently I told you that the United Kingdom joined the nuclear fusion project. Since that news laser fusion is hot!
One of the big advantages of laser fusion compared to magnetic fusion is that laser fusion produces much higher temperatures and pressures with faster fusion as result. The National Ignition Facility at Livermore is the worlds biggest fusion laser. They hope to produce more energy from fusion than is needed to generate the laser pulse by the end of next year. They are very optimistic about the first running laser fusion power plant. A plant producing about 440 megawatts of electricity is expected in a decade. Plants of 1000 megawatts (full scaled version) will follow later.