Thursday, February 2

Scientific milestone: they produce more energy than is consumed in a reaction | Digital Trends Spanish

An important scientific milestone achieved the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) of the Department of Energy of the United States, near San Francisco, since ahead of the official announcement that will be made this December 13, it discovered a great advance in the technology of nuclear fusionwhen first producing more energy than is consumed in a reaction, Bloomberg reports.

The experiment was carried out specifically at the NIF (National Ignition Facility), a large inertial fusion project that tries to demonstrate the viability of nuclear fusion as an energy source.

Lasers were used to bombard isotopes of hydrogen held in a state of superheated plasma in order to fuse them into helium, releasing a neutron and carbon-free clean energy in the process. Scientists have been experimenting with this technology for decades, but getting the process to produce more energy than it consumes has been difficult.

The reaction produced about 2.5 megajoules of energy, compared with the 2.1 megajoules used to power the lasers, according to the Financial Times, which previously reported the results.

Nuclear fission technology, which splits atoms and generates highly radioactive waste, has been on the market for decades and still produces only 10% of the world’s energy, much less than coal and gas.

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