WASHINGTON, Dec 12: The US Department of Energy will announce on Tuesday that US scientists have for the first time succeeded in generating a fusion reaction capable of generating a net energy gain, leading to unlimited, cheap and clean energy production.
As published by US media on Monday, the discovery marks a significant milestone in an investigation that has spanned decades and with a multimillion-dollar investment to develop a technology that could limit and provides economic energy.
Fusion research aims to replicate a nuclear reaction that is used by the Sun to make energy.
“It’s a ‘holy grail’ of carbon-free energy that scientists have been chasing since the 1950s. It will still be at least a decade away, probably from commercial use, but it’s likely that (which) administration Biden will reap full fruition with massive new investments in the years to come,” The Washington Post noted.
The Financial Times, for its part, assures that physicists have tried to take advantage of the fusion reaction that powers the Sun, but no group has been able to produce more energy from that reaction than it consumes. does, known as a milestone profit. or objective benefit, something that could provide a reliable and abundant alternative to fossil fuels and conventional nuclear power.
The Financial Daily reported that the Lawrence Livermore Federal National Laboratory in California, which uses a process called inertial confinement fusion that involves bombarding a tiny pellet of hydrogen plasma with the world’s largest laser, has conducted a fusion experiment in the past. There was a net gain of energy. Two weeks, people involved with the project told the newspaper.
Although many scientists believe that fusion power plants are still decades away from becoming a reality, the potential of this technology is hard to ignore.
Fusion reactions don’t emit carbon, don’t produce long-lived radioactive waste and, in theory, a small cup of hydrogen fuel could power a home for hundreds of years, the FT notes.
The newspaper recalled that America’s progress struggles with high energy prices and the need to quickly move away from burning fossil fuels to prevent average global temperatures from reaching dangerous levels.
He also recalled that the Biden administration is investing nearly $370 billion in new subsidies for low-carbon energy in an effort to reduce emissions and win the global race for the next generation of clean technology.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post stressed that, for decades scientists have been experimenting with fusion reactions, they have so far been unable to create one that produces more energy than it consumes, and while the achievement is significant Monumental challenges remain. Engineering and scientific forward.