National Ignition Facility at lawrence livermore

US To Announce a Fusion Nuclear Energy Breakthrough In Chase of Holy Grail Carbon-Free Power

Tuesday, December 13th 2022, could be a day humanity will remember forever, depending on what the US Department of Energy plans to announce.

Multiple media outlets report that the Department of Energy will announce a fusion nuclear energy breakthrough, reaching a major milestone in the chase for the holy grail: carbon-free power.

“Scientists have been able for the first time to produce a fusion reaction that creates a net energy gain — a major milestone in the decades-long, multibillion-dollar quest to develop a technology that provides unlimited, cheap, clean power.

The aim of fusion research is to replicate the nuclear reaction through which energy is created on the sun,” explains Washington Post.

According to the outlet, this technology is still a decade or more away from commercial use but will nonetheless feature heavily as a talking point for the Biden administration as justification for the tens of billions in grants authorized by the President this summer. 

The image you see above is the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where reports claim that researchers managed to release 2.5 MJ of energy after using just 2.1 MJ to heat the fuel with 192 lasers converging on it.

The news of the breakthrough was first reported by the Financial Times on Sunday. Since then, multiple people familiar with the research confirmed that the Department of Energy has a major announcement to make, in a conference to be held by Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

As soon as that happens, we’ll update this article with every detail available.

Also read: Korean Nuclear Fusion Reactor KSTAR Reached 100 million Degrees Celsius, Held Temp for 30 seconds

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