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New Research Has Brought Us to the Brink of Fusion Ignition

Brad Bergan writes in Interesting Engineering on new research that is bringing us to the brink of fusion ignition.

The C3 Take
  • An experiment conducted in August at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) revealed an 8-fold improvement in fusion ignition, compared to results from earlier this year.
  • This comes after recent advancements in fusion magnet technology from MIT-backed Commonwealth Fusion Systems.
  • Through scientific research and continued technological innovation we are moving closer to clean and reliable fusion energy.

“The NIF creates temperatures of more than 180 million degrees Fahrenheit, with pressures surpassing 100 billion Earth atmospheres. It’s heavy. And these wildly hot and heavy conditions force hydrogen atoms within the target to undergo fusion, releasing tremendous amounts of energy in a controlled reaction called thermonuclear fusion.”

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