US hints at "major scientific breakthrough" in nuclear fusion; official announcement expected soon
The Financial Times reported on Sunday that researchers at the Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory in California had produced a "net energy gain" in an experiment
using a fusion reactor. If researchers could create more energy in a fusion reaction
than was used during the reaction, it may be a significant advancement in the hunt
for carbon-free energy .The FT reported that US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm will
announce a big scientific discovery, but representatives from the Energy Department and
LLNL declined to confirm or corroborate the information.
The "research is ongoing," a representative of the government said.
According to three people with knowledge of the preliminary findings,
the fusion reaction that produced a net energy gain of 120% took place during
the preceding two weeks, as reported by the Financial Times.
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