13 May 2024

Arc Reactor

From Sci Fi / Sci Fact, 5:00 am on 13 May 2024
Iron Man

The glowing arc reactor in Ironman's suit uses fusion energy to fuel Tony Stark's super powers. Photo: AFP or licensors

The Arc Reactor featured in Tony Stark's first Ironman suit. It was a fusion-type power source featuring a palladium core.

James Rice, who has been researching superconducting power supplies for fusion energy applications at the Robinson Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington - so real life arc reators - gives us his scientific take on this Marvel comic concept.

Recent stories from Sci Fi / Sci Fact

Get the RNZ app

for easy access to all your favourite programmes

Subscribe to Sci Fi / Sci Fact

Podcast (MP3) Oggcast (Vorbis)