Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 49 / Number 2T / February 2006 / Pages 3-15
Technical Paper / Plasma and Fusion Energy Physics - Introduction
The current power consumption in different parts of the world and an estimate of the future energy needs of the world are given. The present energy supplies and prospects, the possible consequences of a continued massive fossil fuel consumption, and the potential of non-fossil candidates for long-term energy production are outlined. An introduction to possible fusion processes in future fusion reactors is given. The inexhaustibility, safety, environmental and economic aspects of magnetic fusion energy are discussed.