American scientists make a major breakthrough in fusion energy

A major milestone in the creation of clean energy has been achieved through a nuclear fusion experiment. Researchers at the US Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) achieved fusion ignition on December 5, 2022. The breakthrough at LLNL’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) is expected to pave the way for breakthroughs in national defense and the future of clean energy. The milestone is also known as the scientific energy breakeven point, which refers to the point at which the fusion experiment produced more energy from the fusion than the laser energy used to drive it. Fusion is the process by which two light nuclei combine to form a single heavier nucleus, releasing a large amount of energy. This one-of-a-kind feat will provide invaluable insight into the prospects for clean fusion energy. Achieving this would be a game-changer for efforts to reach President Biden’s goal of a zero-carbon economy. However, many advanced science and technology developments are still needed to achieve a simple and affordable IFE to power homes and businesses, so abundant clean energy may still be some way off.

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