The US scientists have announced a major scientific breakthrough in the race to recreate nuclear fusion. Scientists have followed the technology for decades as it promised a potential source of clean energy. The researchers confirmed that they have overcome a large barrier, which was generating more energy from nuclear fusion experiment.
But the experts said that there is still some way to go before the fusion takeover the US homes. The experiment was conducted at the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) located in California, USA.
Dr. Kim Budil, LLNL director, said that this was a historic achievement, and over the past 60 years over thousands of people have contributed to the endeavour and has taken a real vision to get them there.
Nuclear fusion is mainly described as the holy grail of energy generation, and it is the process that powers the stars and sun. Nuclear fusion also works by taking pairs of light atoms and force them together to fuse releasing a lot of energy.
Nuclear fusion is the opposite of nuclear fission, where the heavy atoms are split apart, and fission is the technology that is currently used in nuclear power stations, but this process also produces a lot of waste that generates radiation for a long time. The radiation can be very dangerous and it must be stored safely.