It’s called the “major scientific breakthrough” in working on something called nuclear fusion and it must have happened at Lawrence Livermore’s lab in California.
Jennifer Granholm announced Tuesday that US scientists have succeeded in replicating a type of relationship “measured only in the sun and stars,” according to CNN.
– This is a milestone that brings us an important step closer to the possibility of running societies on fusion energy with zero carbon dioxide emissions, says Jennifer Granholm.
For a decade, scientists have been trying to solve the mystery of producing clean, unlimited, carbon dioxide-free energy. Nuclear fusion is the reaction that occurs when two or more atoms fuse together. In the experiment at Lawrence Livermore’s lab, nearly 50 percent more energy was generated than was put into it, marking the first time an experiment had resulted in such a significant increase in power.
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Fusion is called the energy source of the future, but so far there are still challenges to be solved. The problem was that it required more energy to continue the process from what can be extracted.
– They’ve been at it for 70 years and couldn’t get more energy than they put in, says SVT economic commentator Alexander Noren.
Alexander Noreen asserts that if fusion energy can be used commercially in the future, it could be of great importance to climate change.
– If implemented, it is cheaper than nuclear power, less dangerous and leads to less waste, he says.
Fusion is often cited as the savior for the world’s growing energy needs, which is only partly true, according to fusion researcher Lorenzo Frasinetti at the Royal Institute of Technology.
Energy demand is expected to increase significantly. So humanity will need to use all available sustainable energy sources, from wind turbines to nuclear power to fusion.
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