The European scientists have reportedly made substantial progress toward developing a technology that could someday allow them to harness nuclear fusion, offering a clean and nearly endless source of energy.
According to the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority, experts at the Joint European Torus (JET) experiment near Oxford, produced a remarkable amount of heat energy for more than a five-second period, which was said to be the duration of the experiment.
The 59 megajoules of continuous fusion power generated were over twice as much as the record high in 1997.
The result, according to the IAEA, demonstrates the clearest evidence worldwide of fusion energy's promise to generate sustainable and safe low-carbon electricity.
Tony Donne, EUROfusion's Program Manager, stated that this leap is a monumental step for the team and the entire fusion community.
It was mentioned that if the fusion can be kept for five seconds, then it is possible to keep it for a longer period of time while scaling up the operations in future machines.
According to Ian Chapman, CEO of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, the findings are a great step closer to solving one of the largest engineering and scientific challenges of all time.
The JET facility houses the world's biggest and most powerful operating tokamak, a doughnut-shaped machine that is thought to be a potential way for accomplishing controlled fusion.
Researchers from all over the world have been experimenting with nuclear fusion technologies for a long time. The ultimate objective is to generate power in the same manner that the sun does: by forcing hydrogen atoms closely together that they merge to create helium, which discharges massive amounts of energy.
Notably, rival players are also working on new ways to manage fusion and have lately claimed significant success.
Scientists anticipate that one-day fusion reactors will provide a source of energy that is free of emissions and comes without the hazards associated with conventional nuclear power.
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