Quote from the article by Haig Farris:
“Now physics and math are driving everything and people in the venture capital community don’t get it. Neither the media nor the investors understand. So, there’s lots of angel money. But it’s hard to get people to commit for long-term, complicated things: for artificial intelligence, learning computers and materials science. The best deals are still the hardest to sell.”
Apparently General Fusion has been working on the design for the full sized prototype, because now its cost is quoted at $200 million (it used to be estimated to cost $150 million).
“We’re trying to convince ourselves that it will work,” Laberge says. “Then we will need a big pile of cash.” He thinks their design could result in a plant that costs only $200 million, compared to the nearly $20-billion (U.S.) bill for the latest experimental fusion reactor in France.
Here is a nice quotation from Dr Laberge from that article.
Laberge offers both a complaint, and a solution: “It’s as hard to find the money as it is to find the fusion. I walked a lot to find the money. So, I’d say, you need a good idea and long legs.”