Nuclear fusion: new record brings dream of clean energy closer

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Nuclear fusion has produced more energy than ever before in an experiment, bringing the world a step closer to the dream of limitless, clean power. The new world record has been set at the UK-based JET laboratory. Nuclear fusion is the process that powers stars. Scientists believe it could produce vast amounts of energy without heating up our atmosphere. European scientists working at the site said ‘we have achieved things we’ve never done before.’ The result came from the lab’s final experiment after more than 40 years of fusion research. Andrew Bowie, UK Minister for Nuclear, called it a ‘fitting swansong.’ Nuclear fusion is the process that powers the Sun. It works by heating and forcing tiny particles together to make a heavier one which releases useful energy.” (02/08/24)