Fusion Energy Record At Joint European Torus In The UK

A major breakthrough in nuclear fusion energy output!

Researchers at the Joint European Torus (JET) in the UK doubled previous records by producing a total of 59 megajoules of heat energy from fusion over a five second period.

The JET is the largest and most powerful operational tokamak machine, where temperatures can reach levels 10 times hotter than the centre of the sun.

EUROfusion consortium – 4800 experts, students and staff from across Europe, co-funded by the European Commissionmore than doubled the previous record set in 1997 at the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) site near Oxford.

This achievement is the result of years-long preparation … the record, and more importantly the things we’ve learned about fusion under these conditions and how it fully confirms our predictions, show that we are on the right path to a future world of fusion energy.

said Tony Donne, EUROfusion programme manager.

The latest results are seen as a major boost for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project, which is the larger multinational research project based in southern France, backed by the European Union, China, India, Japan, Russia and the USA, which aims to further demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy.

Read the full story on World Nuclear News.