(DCWatchdog.com) – American scientists have become the first in history to accomplish a fusion reaction generating a net energy gain, an achievement paving the way for producing power without any carbon emissions, a report reveals.
The significant fusion milestone was reached at the government-funded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a nuclear and basic science research facility in Livermore, California, revealed a report by The Washington Post.
The paper said the U.S. Department of Energy was going to offer more important details in an announcement on Tuesday.
It cautioned that while the fusion breakthrough is significant, the commercial application of the new technology would likely take decades.
“But the Biden administration is likely to tout the achievement as an affirmation of a massive investment by the government over the years,” Newsmax commented.
In March 2022, President Joe Biden’s administration announced a plan to speed up the commercial development of fusion technology in the next few decades.
The plan included funding for domestic projects such as the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory research alongside investment in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).
ITER is a collaborative project of 35 nations based in Southern France.
The White House declared fusion had the “potential to revolutionize the energy industry, helping combat the climate crisis while meeting the growing electricity needs of the U.S. and the world.”
“Of the more than 30 fusion companies in the world, two-thirds are based in the U.S., and most were founded in the last decade,” the Biden administration said in March.
It argued that “by partnering with these companies, we have an opportunity to keep these companies growing within our borders and cement U.S. technological leadership on fusion.”
“The race to fusion is also a race for future global leadership,” Dr. Scott Hsu, a fusion expert and federal official, told CBS News.
Hsu is the lead coordinator on fusion at the Office of the Undersecretary for Science and Innovation, a body of the U.S. Energy Department.
“While fusion has long enjoyed international collaboration and should continue to do so, make no mistake, fusion is now also an international competition. Failure to act now may relegate the U.S. to being importers rather than exporters of fusion technology,” Biden’s fusion coordinator warned.
JUST IN: For the first time, scientists have produced a fusion reaction that creates a net energy gain, a key milestone in the quest for abundant zero-carbon power, the Department of Energy plans to announce on Tuesday. https://t.co/DGGguj4Pvi pic.twitter.com/KurNP7eWdB
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