According to reports, scientists have made progress in their hunt for a reliable and healthy energy source. A nuclear fusion process has allowed them to produce more energy than they can need.
Light atoms like hydrogen are combined through a process called nuclear fusion to produce heavier elements. There is a significant energy discharge as a result. This process, which imitates the heat and light of the sun and stars, has been hailed as a potentially viable source of clean, renewable energy.
Scientists have been unable to demonstrate a positive energy gain since the 1950s when nuclear fusion research first started. This state is referred to as igniting. But up to this point, that was merely an issue.
According to Financial Times, the researchers heated gasoline using lasers using just 2.1 MJ, releasing 2.5 MJ of energy in the process.
This research was conducted in part by Dr. Robbie Scott of the Plasma Physics Group at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Central Laser Facility (CLF), who called it a “momentous accomplishment.”
The experiment demonstrates unambiguously that the physics of Laser Fusion works. In order to transform NIF’s result into power production a lot of work remains, but this is a key step along the path.
Prof Jeremy Chittenden, professor of plasma physics at Imperial College London, agreed.
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