Government Achieves Breakeven

Balancing the budget, more complicated than Nuclear Fusion?

NIF, based at Livermore in California, uses 192 beams from the world's most powerful laser to heat and compress a small pellet of hydrogen fuel to the point where nuclear fusion reactions take place.

The BBC understands that during an experiment in late September, the amount of energy released through the fusion reaction exceeded the amount of energy being absorbed by the fuel - the first time this had been achieved at any fusion facility in the world.

As a famous blogger once said, Heh."

Posted by: Howie at 08:21 AM


1 Very nice. Fusion would solve so many problems and help us on taking baby steps to living off the Earth. The ITER has a hell of a lot of funding but the glacier pace they are proposing for everything has some accusing it of being more of a work project first and science second.

Posted by: Randman at October 08, 2013 11:20 AM

2 And here we have the famous black smoking hole of Livermore California, they did produce more energy than it took to make the energy, God help their radioactive souls.

Posted by: obsidian at October 08, 2013 12:05 PM

3 Not only that, but the laser's drain on a near-by nuclear power plant caused it to melt down. Now we're looking at a wave of radioactive rubber duckies and nike-clad right feet washing up in Japan.

Posted by: EROWMER at October 08, 2013 01:46 PM

4 Nuclear fusion is the energy of the future --and it will be for a long time to come.

Also, this notion that fusion doesn't have problems with radioactivity is nonsense. It generates significant levels of neutron radiation, just like nuclear fission. There are combination cycles, and even proposals to use thorium fuel that are much safer. But they're not as sexy as basic research in to nuclear fusion, so they don't get the funding...

Posted by: Gork at October 08, 2013 06:10 PM

5 Of course it not only has to create MORE energy than it takes in, but also that energy has to be converted (eventually to electricity) - often not an overly efficient process and nothing they can do so far is anywhere as much as will be needed --- and the excess is heat which needs to be disipated --- more overhead to a practical mechanism.

milestone is minor and many major (and much more difficult) ones still yet to be achieved to make asnything practical let alone cost effective.

Posted by: mrskience at October 09, 2013 06:29 AM

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