A group of scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California has made an important advance investigating fusion energy, a method of generating clean, unlimited energy that has been studied since the 1950s.
The information is provided by the Financial Timeswhich cites three sources familiar with the preliminary results of an experiment conducted in the American laboratory two weeks ago.
It seems that this experiment was a success: according to sources, this was the first time in history that researchers were able to generate more energy than is consumed during the fusion process – a level called “net energy gain”. liquid.
The results of the trial are still being analyzed, but an official source from Lawrence Livermore confirmed the good indications: “Initial diagnosis indicates that it was another successful trial. However, the exact yield [da experiência] It is still being evaluated and we cannot confirm that it has crossed the threshold [da net energy gain] Now,” the American Foundation said.
At the same time, the US Department of Energy issued this memo: Secretary of State for Energy Jennifer Granholm and Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Safety will announce a “great scientific breakthrough” at the California lab as soon as possible. next Tuesday.
With the world facing an energy crisis, many governments have boosted investment in clean forms of energy that can be an alternative to fossil fuels. Recently, the White House awarded $370 billion in grants to fund research into new forms of clean energy.
“If confirmed, we are witnessing a historic moment,” she summed up in remarks to FT Arthur Turrell, a plasma physicist who wrote the book “The Star Builders,” detailing the research that has been done in recent decades to achieve fusion energy.
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