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Scientists just set a nuclear fusion record in a step toward unleashing the limitless, clean energy source

Angela Dewan of CNN reports on a breakthrough in fusion.

The C3 Take
  • Scientists in the U.K. sustained a fusion reaction for for a record five seconds, generating 69 megajoules of energy – which is enough energy for 5 hot baths.
  • Fusion works by placing tritium and deuterium in a reactor and raising temperatures in the machine which forces the tritium and deuterium to fuse together and form helium, a process that releases abundant heat.
  • Fusion has been hailed the holy grail of clean energy and this experiment is the latest breakthrough in bringing the power source closer to commercial availability.

“The experiment is the last of its kind for JET, which has operated for more than 40 years. Its last experiment — and new record — is promising news for newer fusion projects, said Ambrogio Fasoli, CEO of EUROfusion, the consortium of 300 experts behind the experiment. He pointed to ITER, the world’s biggest tokamak being built in southern France, and DEMO, a machine planned to follow ITER with the aim of producing a higher amount of energy, like a fusion plant prototype.”

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