Will nuclear fusion affect facility management?

by Benay Ozdemir
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A major scientific breakthrough has discovered that scientists can create a clean-energy alternative for power. 

The breakthrough was recently discovered, as the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) and Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) discovered that nuclear fusion opens the door for advancements in clean power. 

Earlier this month, a team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility facilitated the first controlled fusion experiment in history which was able to create ‘fusion ignition’. Results indicated that this experiment produced more energy from fusion than the laser energy that is used to power it. The researchers found that the fusion reacts mimics what happens in the Sun. 

To put into perspective how powerful nuclear fusion can be, the DOE explains that, “When fusion power becomes a reality, just one gallon of seawater could produce as much energy as 300 gallons of gasoline.”

The experiment’s achievement highlights the life-changing ability of clean fusion energy which can lead to create a net-zero carbon economy. An advantage to this approach is that the clean energy alternative does not produce radioactive waste or greenhouse gas emissions, nor does it rely on weather conditions like solar or wind. However, researchers have stated that it will take years before fusion can be used for commercial applications.

In a statement by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, director, Dr. Kim Budil says, “The pursuit of fusion ignition in the laboratory is one of the most significant scientific challenges ever tackled by humanity, and achieving it is a triumph of science, engineering, and most of all, people.

She continues, “These are the problems that the U.S. national laboratories were created to solve.”

The discovery of this clean alternative to power follows after the rise in cost of lying amid rising energy costs. Organisations seek to implement new technologies to tackle clean energy and reduce energy consumption.

 

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