Nuclear fusion just passed a major milestone: Generating more energy than used to create the reaction
- On Tuesday, the head of the Department of Energy and other federal scientific leaders announced that a fusion reaction they ran at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California achieved net energy, meaning the reaction generated more energy than was put in to initiate the reaction. It’s the first time humankind has achieved this landmark.
- Fusion is the way the sun makes energy, but generating energy with fusion here on earth has been beguiling scientists for decades.
- In recent years, private investors have put almost $5 billion into fusion startups as the increased urgency in addressing climate change has made clean energy solutions particularly attractive.