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The United States is making history by producing fusion energy for the first time ever


The United States makes history

announcing that the Department of Energy

produces more fusion energy than it used to lead for the first time ever.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced that we have achieved a merger ignition at the Lawrence Levermore National Laboratory

(LLNL) - a major scientific achievement created over decades that will pave the way for progress in national defense and the future of clean energy.

On December 5 :

a group at the National Ignition Facility at LLNL (NIF)

conducted the first controlled fusion experiment in history to reach this milestone, also known as the Scientific Energy Equivalence, which means it produces more fusion energy than the energy used to power the experiment.

Many call this holy grail of energy as if it were elaborate that would provide cheap and consistent energy without harmful waste materials.

This historic and first achievement will support NNSA's inventory stewardship program and provide invaluable insights into clean fusion energy prospects, which will be a game changer.

US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said:

  • This is a landmark achievement

  • for those working at the National Ignition Facility as researchers and personnel
  • who have dedicated their careers to seeing the flare-up of integration a reality

and this achievement will undoubtedly lead to further discoveries.

We have a theoretical understanding of

integration for over a century

but the journey from knowledge to action can be long and arduous. Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Senior Adviser to the President on Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said that today's milestone shows what we can do with perseverance.

Monday, December 5, 2022

was a historic day in science thanks to the wonderful people of the Livermore Laboratory and the National Ignition Facility. In making the breakthrough, they opened a new chapter in NNSA's Stockpile Supervision Program.

I would like to thank the members of Congress who supported the National Ignition Facility because their faith in the promise of visual science was crucial to our mission.

Our team from all national laboratories of the Ministry of Energy and our international partners have shown us the strength of cooperation. "

US Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer said:

This incredible scientific progress puts us on the brink of a future that no longer relies on fossil fuels but is instead powered by a new clean fusion capacity.

I commend Lawrence Levermore National Laboratories and its partners in our country's Inertial Fusion Programme (ICF), including the University of Rochester Laser Energy Laboratory

in New York :

for this breakthrough.

  • Transforming this future clean energy
  • world into a reality will require physicists
  • innovative workers and the brightest minds of our DOE-funded institutions

including the Rochester Laser Plant

to double their cutting-edge business.

That's why I'm also proud to announce today that I helped secure the highest-ever mandate of more than $624 million this year in the ICF National Defense Authorization Act to build on this incredible breakthrough. "

After more than

ten years of technological and scientific advancement

I congratulate the team at Lawrence Evermore National Laboratory and the National Ignition Facility for their historic achievement

said U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (California).

This is an exciting step in integration and everyone at Lawrence Evermore and NIF should be proud of this important achievement.

This is an innovative historical achievement based on the contributions of generations of Lavermore scientists.


our nation stands on their collective shoulders

There is still much to be done.

but this is a decisive step and I commend the U.S. Department of Energy and everyone who contributed to this promising breakthrough, which can help fuel a brighter future for clean energy for the United States and humanity.

U.S. Senator Jack Reed (RI)

Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

This huge scientific breakthrough is a milestone for the future of clean energy said U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (California).

While there is more work :

  • ahead to realize the fusion energy's potential

  • I am happy that scientists in California continue to

  • pioneer the development of clean energy technologies.

I congratulate the scientists at Lawrence Evermore National Laboratory for their dedication to the future of clean energy, and I am committed to ensuring that they have all the tools

and resources they require to carry out this crucial work.

This is a very big deal.

We can celebrate

The national ignition facility set yet another performance record.

This latest achievement is particularly remarkable because NIF used a target that is less globally similar than in the August 2021 trial, said U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19).

This significant progress presents future possibilities for the marketing of merger energy. Congress and the administration need to fully fund and adequately implement the merger research items of the recent CHIPS and Science Act, and perhaps more.

 During World War II

We designed the Manhattan Project to have a quick impact.

The challenges facing the world today are greater than they were then. We must redouble and accelerate research to explore new pathways to unlimited clean energy promised by integration ".

According to the Department of Energy:

  • LLNL's experience exceeded the fusion threshold
  • by connecting 2.05 megajoules (MJ) of energy to the target
  • resulting in fusion energy output of 3.15 megajoules
  • demonstrating for the first time the basis of basic
  • science of inertial fusion energy (IFE).

Many advanced scientific

and technological developments are still needed to

achieve a simple and affordable IFE to power homes and businesses, and the Department of Energy is currently restarting a large-scale coordinated IFE program in the United States.

Besides private sector investment

  1. there is much momentum to
  2. drive rapid progress towards
  3. merchandising merchandising.

Fusion is the process by which two light nuclei combine to form one heavier nucleus, releasing a large amount of energy. In the 1960s, a group of leading LLNL scientists assumed that lasers could be used to induce integration into a laboratory environment.

Led by physicist John Nuckolls

  • who later served as LLNL director from 1988 to 1994
  • this revolutionary idea became a self-confinement fusion
  • starting more than 60 years of research and development in laser



targeted manufacturing, computer modeling

simulation, and experimental design.

To pursue this concept

LLNL has built a series of increasingly powerful laser systems

creating NIF

the world's largest and most active laser system. NIF

located in LLNL in Evermore


is the size of a sports stadium and uses powerful lasers to create temperatures and pressures such as those in the heart of stars and giant planets, and within explosive nuclear weapons.