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2023

February 1, 2023
23 good things already happening in 2023
We’re in the first year of the fusion age.The breakthrough nuclear fusion experiment announced by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory a month ago has been compared to the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk. (Mashable)

February 1, 2023
“We’ve Brought The Process That Drives The Stars…To Earth.”
In five one-millionths of a second, the world changed. It changed dramatically, it changed essentially, and it changed forever. (Forbes)

February 1, 2023
NT-Tao raises $22M to explore way to generate energy from nuclear fusion
Just last month, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reported that they had successfully generated additional energy through a nuclear fusion experiment. Such promise is why dozens of startups around the world — as well as big companies and corporate labs — are raising and spending billions of dollars to try and solve the problem. (The Madison Leader Gazette)

February 1, 2023
Livermore Lab's Discovery Center reopens to visitors
The Discovery Center also will resume in-person “Fun with Science” field trips. The popular fifth grade excursion introduces students to the science behind NIF, the world's largest and most energetic laser system. (Pleasanton Weekly)

January 31, 2023
Nevada National Security Site plays role in landmark fusion breakthrough
It turns out Nevada played a role in a major breakthrough in fusion. (KSNV-TV)

January 31, 2023
Nuclear fusion is the energy source of the future, by James Broughel
Nuclear fusion topped headlines around the world in December when scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California announced an essential milestone in developing this nascent technology.
(The Press of Atlantic City)

January 31, 2023
A Long Way From Nuclear Fusion
The nuclear fusion community ended 2022 with a bang, when scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California reported that they had created a reaction that produced more energy than it consumed. (Revista de Prensa)

January 31, 2023
Stellarator Reactors: The Once Forgotten, All-American Approach to Nuclear Fusion
After the National Ignition Facility in California achieved 1.5 times breakeven with a laser-based fusion core in 2022, it’s been a two-horse race between stellarators and tokamaks to see which will be the second to break even. (Auto Evolution)

January 31, 2023
Episode #111: ‘The Future of Energy & Utilities’ with Lincoln Bleveans
After being the second-ever guest on the podcast, we welcome back Lincoln Bleveans. Back in 2019 when Lincoln first joined us in the podcast booth, he was guiding Burbank Water and Power, but in the time since then he’s joined Stanford University as the Executive Director of Sustainability & Management.
(Energy Central Podcasts)

January 31, 2023
Schott Appoints Chris Cassidy President of Schott North America
Schott, the international technology group with a long-standing tradition of inventing specialty glass, has appointed Chris Cassidy as President of Schott North America. (Novus Light Technologies Today)

January 31, 2023
One Step Closer to Fusion Power
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the achievement of fusion ignition at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). (Natural Awakenings)

January 30, 2023
URI engineering professor discusses nuclear fusion discovery
A University of Rhode Island professor of mechanical, industrial and systems engineering spoke recently about the U.S. Department of Energy announcement in December that fusion ignition had been achieved at its Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. (The Westerly Sun)

January 30, 2023
Lawrence Livermore’s Discovery Center Reopens After Long Closure
Visitors will now be able to walk through an updated model of the target chamber of the National Ignition Facility, learn about the lab’s role in combating COVID-19, and an exhibit on the lab’s astronomical discoveries, according to Science Education Program Manager Joanna Albala. (Patch)

January 29, 2023
ITER: A Global Scientific Dream Team Building the World’s Largest Fusion Reactor
Until the National Ignition Facility in California achieved burning plasma using an entirely different type of laser-fusion reactor, this had never been achieved before. (Auto Evolution)

January 29, 2023
Start-ups versprechen die Zukunft der Energie
Zum ersten Mal hat ein Laser Wasserstoffkerne verschmolzen und dabei mehr Energie gewonnen als investiert. (Deutschlandfunk)

January 28, 2023
Tritium: A “High-Octane”, Ultra-Rare Fusion Fuel We Can’t Make Nearly Enough Of
After the National Ignition Facility in California’s first successful scientific breakeven through nuclear fusion, mankind is all the more serious about reaching the promised land of near-limitless fusion energy.
(Auto Evolution)

January 28, 2023
These Researchers Have Developed Metal Alloys That May Support Nuclear Fusion Energy
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers recently reported a net energy gain from nuclear fusion. (Wonderful Engineering)

January 27, 2023
Party of Six in the East Bay
Hollywood legend Rita Moreno leads our lineup of local luminaries, while scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory achieve a major breakthrough. (Diablo Magazine)

January 27, 2023
Creating Stars, Powering the World — Here Comes Fusion!
In this episode of Grid Talk, host Marty Rosenberg talks with Annie Kritcher, the physicist who designed the successful experiment that recreated the energy source of the sun. (Energy Central)

January 27, 2023
First Light Fusion wants to operate a net gain inertial fusion machine in 2027
Ignition and net gain at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) in December 2022 focused global attention on the prospects of inertial fusion energy (IFE). (Nuclear News)

January 27, 2023
Nuclear Fusion : Could This Be the Next Thing?
December 5th, 2022 will be marked as one of the landmarks on the sustainability of nuclear fusion timeline. (AltEnergyMag.com)

January 26, 2023
How Close Are We to Nuclear Fusion for Limitless Energy?
Nuclear fusion’s potential for clean, limitless energy sounds like sci-fi, but it’s slowly becoming reality. (Vice)

January 26, 2023
First Light Fusion to build demonstration facility at UKAEA’s Culham Campus
The announcement of the design and construction of the new purpose-built building follows the recent confirmation of net energy gain by the US National Ignition Facility (NIF), at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. (Nuclear Engineering International)

January 26, 2023
Oxford’s First Light Fusion agrees to build new fusion facility
The agreement comes after the National Ignition Facility in California’s recent breakthrough, when it managed to produce net energy gain for the first time from a fusion experiment. (Business & Innovation Magazine)

January 25, 2023
First Light Fusion demonstration plant site agreement, targets 2024 construction start
The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and First Light Fusion have signed an agreement for the design and construction of a facility to house the company’s new net energy gain demonstrator, Machine 4, at the authority's Culham Campus in Oxfordshire. (World Nuclear News)

January 25, 2023
What’s So Bad About Feeling Good? Why 2022 Was Better Than You Think
Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory created the first nuclear fusion reaction in a laboratory setting that actually produced more energy than it took to start the reaction. This may be a potential first step in a long journey to the holy grail of energy: Abundant carbon free power that produces no nuclear waste. (InterNewsCast)

January 24, 2023
How A&M grad, faculty played roles in December’s fusion breakthrough
When Yu Ding saw news about a nuclear fusion breakthrough last month, he grabbed his phone to show his daughter. Ding is a professor of industrial and systems engineering at Texas A&M University and associate director of the A&M Institute of Data Science. He was excited because he had played a small role in making the decades-long anticipated breakthrough happen. (The Eagle)

January 24, 2023
Photonics West shines light on optical innovation
Plenary sessions for the OPTO and LASE conferences include presentations on high-performance electronic–photonic interfaces, fully integrated photonic systems, and the recent breakthrough in laser fusion at the National Ignition Facility. (Physics World)

January 24, 2023
NIF Laser Systems Chief Engineer to Discuss Historic Fusion Ignition Achievement at Photonics West 2023
On Dec. 5, 2022, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory” (LLNL) Nuclear Ignition Facility (NIF) made history, demonstrating fusion ignition for the first time in a laboratory setting. (Tech Briefs)

January 24, 2023
Livermore Researchers Honored as Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program Fellows
The Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program (OSELP) has selected four Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists as 2023 fellows. (HPC Wire)

January 23, 2023
From “never” to now: NIF through the lens of 60 Minutes
“Star Power” is the name 60 Minutes producers gave their interpretation of the recent experiment at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) that achieved fusion ignition and net gain. (Nuclear Newswire)

January 23, 2023
When Will Fusion Energy Light Our Homes?
One question for Thomas Nicholas, a computational plasma physicist and former fusion researcher who now studies climate science at Columbia University. (Nautilus)

January 22, 2023
‘Bottling the Sun’: Nuclear fusion as the newest breakthrough in clean energy
On December 5th, 2022, for the first time in nearly a century of controlled fusion research, scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory successfully generated a fusion reaction that produced more energy than that required to start the reaction. This process is called fusion ignition. (The Varsity)

January 22, 2023
A sun-like power source on Earth
Scientists in the United States recently achieved a breakthrough in nuclear fusion, which may enable a new source of clean energy. But there is a long road ahead before laser fusion reactors can feed a power plant. (Hindustan Times)

January 21, 2023
Breakthrough in nuclear fusion boosts clean power hope
Achieving nuclear fusion has long evaded scientists, until last December when the US National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) announced a significant breakthrough in nuclear fusion. (The Business Standard)

January 20, 2023
Czech physicist: Nuclear power can cause an energy revolution, it is a world change
We entered the industrial revolution, which used the knowledge of thermodynamics. Next came the digital revolution, i.e. the revolution that uses quantum mechanics and Maxwell’s equations. And this new energy revolution, which will use physics, said Milan Holec in Rozstel. (Czechia Posts English)

January 20, 2023
National Ignition Facility’s ignition milestone sparks fresh push for laser fusion
The feat created headlines around the world and stimulated the imagination of the public, politicians and fusion experts alike. (Physics World)

January 20, 2023
A ‘Breakthrough’ In Nuclear Fusion: What Does It Mean for the Future of Energy Generation?
Last month, scientists reported a breakthrough in nuclear fusion research when a reaction resulted in a net energy gain. (Earth.org)

January 19, 2023
Nuclear fusion’s future, according to the woman leading the charge
Inside the gigantic Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where in December, a breakthrough in nuclear fusion was made, the man who first predicted it still works — 60 years later. (World Economic Forum)

January 19, 2023
Can the latest fusion breakthrough bring economic benefits to the Tri-Valley?
The major discovery could see a surge of new investments and spinoff companies looking to capitalize on the revolutionary new technology. (San Francisco Business Times)

January 19, 2023
Vancouver’s energy future looks cleaner, greener, and carbon-emission free
Late last year, American scientists demonstrated a proof-of-concept straight out of a sci-fi novel. The same process that generates energy for the sun and other stars in outer space was replicated on Earth, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. (Vancouver Tech Journal)

January 19, 2023
DOE funds projects to work on overcoming fusion energy hurdles
In December, DOE announced that a team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory had achieved fusion ignition, a breakthrough that captured headlines. (Power Engineering)

January 19, 2023
Can fusion technology be used to counter climate emergencies?
American researchers claim to have significantly improved their long-standing objective of harnessing nuclear fusion to produce electricity. (News9Live)

January 19, 2023
Obernolte counting chickens before they hatch
The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore Laboratories recently announced a successful fusion reaction that produced 3.15 MegaJoules (MJ) of energy from an input of 2.05 MJ of laser input energy. (Redlands Community News)

January 19, 2023
Lighting up the future with fusion
The fusion breakthrough accomplished late last year by the US National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a remarkable step forward on the road to commercial fusion power.
(Nuclear Engineering International)

January 19, 2023
Nuclear fusion energy breakthrough made in California
The National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California made a breakthrough by producing energy through nuclear fusion. (The Gauntlet)

January 18, 2023
Opinion | U.S. politics is awful — but our science and technology offer hope for the future
Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced on Dec. 13 a breakthrough in harnessing nuclear fusion to produce cheap, clean, abundant energy. (Washington Post)

January 18, 2023
Energy Allocates Over $2 Million Following Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough
The U.S. government continues to invest in fusion power as the Department of Energy announced new funding for public-private partnerships. (Nextgov)

January 18, 2023
DOE Announces $2.3 Million for Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Fusion Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (Jan 17) announced $2.3 million in funding for 10 projects that will pair private industry with DOE’s National Laboratories to overcome challenges in fusion energy development, an area of research that captivated global attention in December when the Department announced that a team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory had achieved fusion ignition. (Electric Energy Online)

January 18, 2023
Monroe County man part of science feat
A fusion science breakthrough decades in the making took place last month, and a Monroe County native played a substantial role in what could be a big step for clean energy. (Republic-Times)

January 18, 2023
Energy Tech: Nuclear Fusion, Solar Energy, Hydrogen and Lithium Projects
Energy technology has come a long way in recent years, with several promising developments aimed at creating a more sustainable future. Nuclear fusion, solar energy, hydrogen, and lithium have the potential to significantly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels for a cleaner future. (DirectIndustry News)

January 17, 2023
Inside the nuclear fusion breakthrough that could be a step to unlimited clean energy in the distant future
Last month, the nearest star to the Earth was in California. In a laboratory, for the first time, the world’s largest lasers forced atoms of hydrogen to fuse together in the same kind of energy producing reaction that fires the sun. It lasted less than a billionth of a second. But, after six decades of toil and failure, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory proved it could be done. (CBS News: 60 Minutes)

January 17, 2023
Energy from fusion: What is the promise? What hurdles remain?
It’s a question that has been tantalizing scientists for almost a century: Can humans tap the same force that powers the stars? On Dec. 5, an experiment by scientists in California signaled yes. Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California produced a brief nuclear fusion reaction resulting in a net energy gain, or more energy created than was used to start the reaction. (The Christian Science Monitor)

January 17, 2023
Massive Bishop Ranch solar project enters phase two
Following a breakthrough in the future of clean energy at Lawrence Livermore National Lab last month, the Tri-Valley is now set to house another one of the world’s most ambitious renewable energy projects to date, with thousands of new solar panels set for installation at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon. (DanvilleSanRamon.com)

January 17, 2023
Natural gas is about to become the world's biggest green energy source
Carbon capture will not be the only energy technology of the future. New, safer nuclear power plants will be in the mix. The development of a new magnet at MIT and the recent breakthrough at Lawrence Livermore point the way to clean, limitless fusion energy in the coming decades. (Washington Examiner)

January 17, 2023
International deal paves way for UK scientific industry expansion
Goodfellow, which recently delivered materials to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough that shook the world, will work with the Canadian company to build high purity alumina powders into its growing range. (Production Engineering Solutions)

January 17, 2023
A peek into the future as Sam Altman sees it
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory had a nuclear fusion breakthrough last month. (Televisor)

January 16, 2023
How America plans to generate one trillion watts electricity
Decades ago, America’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) began work on a scientific breakthrough that only became a reality on December 5, 2022. That day, a team at LLNL’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) produced more energy from fusion than the laser energy used to drive it. (The Nation)

January 16, 2023
PTC tech plays key role in Nuclear Fusion breakthrough
One of the UK’s leading digital transformation experts has played a key role in the recent Nuclear Fusion reaction breakthrough that generated more energy than it consumed. (Product Engineering Solutions)

January 16, 2023
3 Innovative Tech Trends to Watch in 2023
The importance of what the US scientists achieved last year can’t be stressed enough. For the first time in history, they successfully made energy with nuclear fusion. (TechTheLead)

January 16, 2023
Why combatting climate change means embracing degrowth
‘Green’ electricity isn’t enough to turn the tide. All of us need to consume less energy, argues Dr Catherine Knight — and that means consuming less of everything. (The Spinoff)

January 16, 2023
U.S. Department of Energy is Testing Materials For Building “Next Generation of Fusion Reactors”
A team of American physicists says they are working to build the world’s next generation of fusion reactors with the aim of generating clean, cost-effective carbon-free energy in the years ahead. (The Debrief)

January 16, 2023
Testing the universe in a lab
Last month, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced a breakthrough in fusion reactions, generating a net-gain in energy. An astrophysicist explains how this fusion research is helping them understand our universe, and the possibility for life on other planets. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

January 16, 2023
Exploring the Potential of Fusion Energy: What is it and How Can It Help?
Recent advances in fusion technology have ignited hopes of this form of energy becoming a key part of worldwide energy production as well as other applications within the next few decades. Power Electronics News)

January 16, 2023
Expert: Commercial Fusion Power Remains Distant
President Joe Biden’s goal of commercial fusion power within 10 years is “a pipe dream,” according to one expert. Newsmax)

January 15, 2023
Fusion power: how close are we? | FT Film
For the first time, US scientists have achieved a fusion reaction with net energy gain. But the dream of limitless zero-carbon energy is still a long way from reality. The FT’s Simon Mundy meets scientists and investors in the UK, France and US, to see how close we really are to commercial fusion power. Financial Times)

January 14, 2023
Los Alamos National Lab played role in fusion breakthrough
A profound breakthrough in nuclear fusion that moved scientists closer to emulating the sun’s energy came in a luminous flash quicker than a blink. (The Santa Fe New Mexican)

January 14, 2023
Unlimited, clean energy is a step closer to reality
Last month, 60 years of research finally culminated in a breakthrough at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory that not only proved the concept but will prime the pump for the flow of private capital necessary to bring the promise to fruition. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

January 13, 2023
Video: Little Did I Know: Why fusion ignition discovery is a huge deal
What is arguably the biggest science breakthrough of the 21st century happened recently and the story never caught fire like it should have. At least that’s what our own Meteorologist Scott Elnes thought, so he decided to use his precious weekly airwaves allotment to get everyone up to speed without running too deeply into the scientific mud. (Central Oregon Daily News)

January 13, 2023
An Open Letter From A Liberal Arts Graduate
For instance, the news five weeks ago from the National Ignition Facility that, for the first time, a fusion reaction produced more energy than it consumed is pretty cool, don’t you think? My liberal arts studies made me aware of — and fascinated by — something that will not only change global energy production but, fundamentally, the world’s economy. (Forbes)

January 12, 2023
Is Carbon-Free Nuclear Fusion Energy Just Around the Corner?
About 800,000 years after humans first used and controlled fire, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility ignited a new kind of fire for the first time. (Earth 911)

January 11, 2023
After historic milestone in nuclear fusion, clean energy may be on the horizon
Audio: In December, scientists in California produced more energy in a fusion reaction than was used to ignite it. This historic first could lead to more advancements in clean energy. (Texas Public Radio)

January 11, 2023
Nuclear fusion dream moves closer to reality
The breakthrough in nuclear fusion toward the end of last year has brought fresh excitement to the international science community. (Energy Central)

January 11, 2023
Sticky tape for the energy transition: UK nuclear fusion startup snaps up superconductor tape
Interest in nuclear fusion has rocketed in the past couple of years, with record levels of investment flooding into this sub-sector of the energy industry, with last year capped off with the excitement around developments at the US National Ignition Facility. (Proactive)

January 10, 2023
International fusion energy project faces delays, says chief
An international project in nuclear fusion may face "years" of delays, its boss has told AFP, weeks after scientists in the United States announced a breakthrough in their own quest for the coveted goal. (Japan Today)

January 10, 2023
US fusion breakthrough reinforces the case against live nuclear tests, and India should take note
Last month’s fusion ignition breakthrough by scientists in the US reinforced the multilateral norm against live nuclear tests and advanced the earlier work of confining nuclear explosions to within simulation labs.
(South China Morning Post)

January 10, 2023
I’m a video game developer but this technology to drop your energy bill $820 per year is no fantasy
A major breakthrough in fusion energy occurred in 2022 thanks to US scientists. We have a revolutionary opportunity on our hands but Congress must act. (Fox News)

January 9, 2023
Column: Nuclear fusion is the energy source of the future
Last month, nuclear fusion topped headlines around the world when scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California announced an essential milestone in developing this nascent technology. (Meadville Tribune)

January 9, 2023
WSU research leader sees opportunities in nuclear fusion
After 192 lasers blasted onto a bb-sized pellet of hydrogen to achieve nuclear fusion, Chris Keane celebrated along with thousands of researchers who all had a hand in this landmark scientific achievement.
(Energy Central)

January 9, 2023
Fusion reactors: Latest developments on the road to commercial power production
According to the Global Fusion Industry in 2022 report from the Fusion Industry Association, investment in private fusion companies has more than doubled over the last year. (NS Energy)

January 9, 2023
SCHOTT North America Appoints New President
SCHOTT has appointed Chris Cassidy president of SCHOTT North America. (US Glass News Network)

January 8, 2023
What will the fusion breakthrough do for space exploration?
The recent Lawrence Livermore breakthrough, in which scientists created more energy from a fusion reaction than it took to create it, has uses applicable to space exploration. (The Hill)

January 8, 2023
Aggies contribute to nuclear fusion breakthrough
Two former students employed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are among many people with ties to Texas A&M who played a part in the major scientific advancement. (Insite Brazos Valley Magazine)

January 8, 2023
Fusion technology will be a game changer in nuclear energy
If nothing, 2022 will be remembered for the momentous breakthrough in the field of nuclear fusion energy coming 88 years after Italian scientist Enrico Fermi achieved nuclear fission. (The Week Magazine)

January 8, 2023
Adam Tooze: Why Nuclear Fusion Is Not the Holy Grail
A recent breakthrough is good news, but renewables are still the better bet.
(Foreign Policy)

January 8, 2023
Nuclear Fusion Reaches Historic Milestone
For the first time in human history, physicists achieved nuclear fusion at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) on December 5, 2022. (Twisted Sifter)

January 6, 2023
Seaport software company PTC expands reach with $1.5 billion deal
Boston software company PTC has its roots in computer-aided design applications that help companies engineer everything from automobiles to wind turbines to spacesuits, even the National Ignition Facility that just reported a major breakthrough in fusion energy. (Boston Globe)

January 6, 2023
Nuclear fusion breakthrough might change our world but current renewable energy sources will save it
On December 5, at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), part of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, 192 lasers were directed at a miniscule, frozen pellet of deuterium and tritium, heavier forms of hydrogen. (The Pointer)

January 6, 2023
Is Nuclear Fusion Hotter Than the Sun?
Nuclear fusion has been the talk of the town lately because of some milestone breakthroughs bringing us closer to a world with the possibility of infinite free energy. (Newsweek)

January 6, 2023
City of Science: Can a manmade star change how we live?
Last year, scientists made an artificial star. It was a tiny star and it lasted less than a billionth of a second, but it might just change how we all live. (Glasgow Evening Times)

January 6, 2023
2022 recap: IP, science and technology trends that shaped last year
One of the most notable technological developments has been the recent announcement that scientists at the National Ignition Facility have achieved nuclear fusion ignition, producing a hydrogen fusion reaction that released more energy than was required to initiate the reaction. (Lexicology)

January 6, 2023
WSU research leader sees opportunities in nuclear fusion
After 192 lasers blasted onto a bb-sized pellet of hydrogen to achieve nuclear fusion, Chris Keane celebrated along with thousands of researchers who all had a hand in this landmark scientific achievement. (WSU Insider)

January 6, 2023
Schott North America appoints President
Chris Cassidy has been appointed President of Schott North America in addition to his role as President of Schott Pharma USA. (Glass International)

January 6, 2023
Cold fusion news gets mixed reactions
In a breakthrough trumpeted throughout the world, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California recently “surpassed the fusion threshold by delivering 2.05 megajoules of energy to the target, resulting in 3.15 MJ of fusion energy output and demonstrating for the first time a most fundamental science basis for inertial fusion energy,” they said. (Odessa American)

January 5, 2023
Nuclear fusion: The bet that Europe should have won
When the US Department of Energy announced last month that the first positive-energy nuclear fusion operation at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California had been conducted using inertial confinement fusion technology — which consists of bombarding hydrogen plasma with super-powerful lasers — it marked an historic event. (Sifted)

January 5, 2023
Fusion: A technology always 30 years away
Last month, researchers at the National Ignition Facility in California made a significant breakthrough in energy research. (The Irish Times)

January 5, 2023
Fusion Energy at a Crossroads
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced to much fanfare earlier this month that scientists have reached a major milestone in fusion energy research. (The Heritage Foundation)

January 5, 2023
The Geopolitics of Nuclear Fusion
On December 5th, a team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) achieved ignition, creating a nuclear reaction which generates more energy than it consumes. (Georgetown Security Studies Review)

January 4, 2023
Is nuclear fusion the next big trend in renewable energy?
A breakthrough in nuclear fusion changed the game for future clean energy generation. But are nuclear-powered neighborhoods in our immediate future? (GreenBiz)

January 4, 2023
Point: Nuclear Fusion Is the Energy Source of the Future
Last month, nuclear fusion topped headlines around the world when scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California announced an essential milestone in developing this nascent technology. (DC Journal)

January 4, 2023
Watch: How close are we to getting energy from nuclear fusion?
On December 13, the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, US, announced that it had achieved a ‘net energy gain’ — got out more energy than was put in — by fusion. (Hindu Business Line)

January 3, 2023
Nuclear Fusion: A Greener Future?
The US Department of Energy announced a breakthrough in nuclear fusion. It is an unprecedented triumph in the field of nuclear energy. (Global Village Space)

January 3, 2023
Humanity is seizing the future
With huge breakthroughs in biotechnology, space exploration and nuclear fusion, 2022 laid the groundwork for the next century of innovation. (Spiked)

January 3, 2023
Lawrence Livermore fusion experiment achieves energy break-even
On December 5, a team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) conducted the first controlled fusion experiment to achieve energy break-even; meaning, it produced more energy from fusion than the laser energy used to drive it. (Electrical Business)

January 3, 2023
France’s Nuclear Energy Grid Is the Toast of Europe, But It’s Not Enough to Save Everyone
With scientific-breakeven achieved by the National Ignition Facility in California last year, expect the ITER facility to achieve similar success sometime in the near future. (Auto Evolution)

January 3, 2023
Commentary: Fusion energy isn’t going to solve today’s climate problem
As a researcher involved in fusion energy development for over five decades, I have read with interest the many articles written about the recent results achieved at the National Ignition Facility at Livermore, California.
(Albany Times Union)

January 2, 2023
Why fusion ignition is being hailed as a major breakthrough in fusion
American scientists have announced what they have called a major breakthrough in a long-elusive goal of creating energy from nuclear fusion. (Salon)

January 2, 2023
Sky Matters: Without thermonuclear fusion there is no me —or you
There has been a lot of news coverage recently about “thermonuclear fusion” following a successful demonstration of its capabilities at the Lawrence Livermore laboratories in the US. (Irish Examiner)

January 2, 2023
Commentary: Fusion dreams have broken many hearts, but finally there is hope
While the rafters are ringing with praise for the nuclear fusion breakthrough at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, let me inject a sour note. This isn’t the beginning of cheap, safe, nonpolluting electricity. It is a scientific milestone, not an electricity one. (The Post and Courier)

January 1, 2023
Six good reasons for optimism in 2023
After a major breakthrough in nuclear fusion this month, investors are pouring money into companies that want to harness the type of energy that powers the sun and stars. (Khaleej Times)

January 1, 2023
Fusion breakthrough could one day change the world
Scientists made a breakthrough in nuclear fusion earlier last December in a California laboratory. (Korea Times)

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