Technology: US Fusion Trial Generates Excitement, Not Power

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A US government lab recently announced that a nuclear fusion experiment generated almost as much energy as was used to run it -- in what appears for the first time to be a self-sustaining reaction. This milestone happened at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (NIF). "Our next plan is to try to repeat the shot as closely as possible, and we might go up or drop because it's very sensitive to every little thing, but we're right at the beginning where a very steep exponential curve takes off," NIF laser scientist Tammy Ma tells Energy Intelligence. This has caused a lot of excitement in the press about fusion-based energy production being around the corner.

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