(TheRedAlertNews.com) – HAPPENING NOW: With the United States facing an energy crisis of its own making due to the limitations on fossil fuel extraction imposed by the federal government, an announcement on Tuesday may provide an encouraging glimpse of what the future might hold.
The announcement concerns a significant breakthrough in developing clean energy produced through nuclear fusion.
As Yahoo News reports citing the Financial Times in a piece headlined “Scientists hail nuclear fusion breakthrough but caution that climate change remains a crisis“:
“The U.S. Department of Energy is set to announce Tuesday that researchers have produced a nuclear fusion reaction that creates a net energy gain, an important breakthrough in the search for a clean, affordable and potentially unlimited source of energy.
“According to the Financial Times, which first reported the news on Sunday, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a federal research facility in Livermore, Calif., achieved net energy gain in an experiment during the last two weeks. The lab uses a process called inertial confinement fusion, in which a pellet of hydrogen plasma is bombarded by the world’s biggest laser. The process is highly energy-intensive, but in recent experiments it produced 120% as much energy as it consumed.” [emphasis added]
What could this mean?
“The theoretical benefits of fusion reactions are enormous, as they create no conventional air pollution or planet-warming carbon dioxide. And unlike traditional nuclear reactors, which split atoms through a much less powerful process known as fission, fusion does not create long-lasting radioactive waste.” [emphasis added]
We’ll have more on this promising development after the announcement tomorrow.
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