Peter O’Shea was born in LA and grew up in Saskatoon. He received a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from MIT. Peter worked for 15 years in semiconductor design in Vancouver B.C. before returning to fusion energy research 5 years ago at a remarkable B.C. company called General Fusion.

The Talk: “Magnetized Target Fusion: Fusing the best of two diverse ideas.”

I will briefly touch on fusion energy basics, the state of fusion energy research world and talk about the exciting contributions that General Fusion (a BC company) is making to that effort.

Key messages that I want to make are:

  • Fusion energy has tremendous promise as a clean energy source.
  • Tremendous progress has been made in fusion research worldwide: we are closer to the finish line than the start.
  • Mainstream fusion is very expensive. The world will need re$olve to reach the finish line.
  • Nonetheless, there are contributions that individuals and small companies can make to such large issues…the founder of General Fusion went out on his own 12 years ago and now there is a team of 65 here in BC making real strides towards this huge goal.