The US will announce a major breakthrough in fusion power

The US Department of Energy is set to announce a “major scientific breakthrough” this week after scientists were reportedly able to create a fusion reaction that produced a net energy gain for the first time.

The development — a major milestone in the quest for limitless clean energy — was recently conducted at the state-funded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, sources told The Washington Post.

The Net Gain Response, considered the “holy grail” of zero-carbon energy, is an important step towards one day creating a technology that could provide a clean and virtually limitless supply of energy.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is expected to announce the results of the fusion experiment at a media event on Tuesday.

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The development – a major milestone in the quest for limitless clean energy – was recently carried out at the state-funded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.
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A lab official said the researchers are still finalizing their findings and nothing will be confirmed until the scheduled event.

The energy department also declined to comment.

Scientists have been trying to reproduce the same nuclear reaction that powers the sun since the 1950s as part of the global quest to provide clean energy and combat climate change.

But so far no researcher has managed to extract more energy from the fusion reaction than it consumes.

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The US Department of Energy will announce the “major scientific breakthrough” this week.
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“For most of us, it was only a matter of time,” said one of the lab’s senior fusion scientists about the successful experiment.

The science of nuclear fusion is based on squeezing hydrogen atoms so close together that they combine to form helium – and then release streams of energy.

Despite the recent breakthrough, scientists believe fusion power plants are at least a decade away from commercial use.

The Biden administration has prioritized fusion energy research projects and provided tens of billions of dollars through the Inflation Reduction Act.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/12/us-set-to-announce-major-fusion-energy-breakthrough/ The US will announce a major breakthrough in fusion power

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