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Nuclear fusion quest dealt major blow as ‘holy grail’ energy could be delayed for years

  • January 08, 2023

Mr Barabaschi warned that addressing these issues “is not a question of weeks, but months, even years”. However, he noted that new timetable is set to be established by the end of this year. It could involve some changes to limit the expected cost overrun, and meet the French nuclear safety agency’s security regulations. 

The boss of the major nuclear project was also hopeful that ITER would be able to make up for the delays as it gears up to enter the full phase, planned for 2035.

As mentioned earlier, this comes after the US Government scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory made achieved a landmark fusion reaction at The National Ignition Facility (NIF). 

During an experiment, the scientists used 2.1 megajoules of energy to create the conditions for a fusion reaction, getting nearly 3 megajoules out of the reaction. This represented a major breakthrough as no other known fusion reaction on Earth has ever generated more energy than was used to create the experiment. 

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