In the long-running effort to capture fusion, the energy that drives the sun and stars, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm declared a “significant scientific success” on Tuesday.
According to the Energy Department, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have, for the first time, generated more energy from a fusion reaction than was required to ignite it. This phenomenon is known as net energy gain.
According to officials, the accomplishment will open the door for improvements in the future of clean power and the nation’s security.
Granholm was speaking at a news conference in Washington, D.C., with experts from Livermore.
According to Granholm, who announced, “This is a significant achievement for the researchers and workers at the National Ignition Facility who have dedicated their careers to seeing fusion ignition become a reality.
This milestone will likely drive even more discoveries.”