A team of US scientists set a new record for nuclear fusion and took a giant step towards limitless energy.
They smashed the previous record for plasma pressure – one of the core components of the fusion process – engineers and scientists have nudged the process further along the road towards a viable source of energy production.
We are still well off from powering homes and businesses with fusion energy but this feat from the scientists proves that the burning of star-like fuel can be achieved and contained using the current approach.
Nuclear fusion is being looked to as a potentially limitless source of clean energy, created by the same core processes inside the sun.
Using intense heat, magnetic fields and pressure, the nuclei of lighter elements are fused together to create heavier elements, releasing energy in the process.
By containing this star-like process in specially designed reactors, engineers can fuse hydrogen atoms together to produce helium, harnessing the clean energy produced and potentially cutting dependency on fossil fuels.
In order for the reaction to take place, the super-heated gas – in a plasma state – is subjected to pressure, which essentially squeezes the atoms together and forced them to react.
Now this all sounds quite complex so take it from me, if they manage to pull it off then the benefits are Clean energy, No greenhouse gases, Virtually limitless fuel available, Little or no nuclear waste and Very low fuel cost. We live in Hope.