Major Fusion Energy Announcement Expected from US Dept. of Energy this Week

Many major news outlets are today reporting that the U.S. Department of Energy is preparing to make an announcement on at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on Tuesday about a breakthrough in nuclear fusion.

There is speculation that the announcement will be about reaching a new milestone in fusion energy production, and that it is possible that experiments at the National Ignition Facility have achieved a net energy gain, in which more energy is produced from a fusion rection than is input into the system.

This is the goal that fusion scientists have been working towards for decades, and reaching that point would be a major achievement. An article in the Financial Times states that sources reported to the newspaper that 2.5 megajoules of energy were produced in a system that consumed 2.1 megajoules, however there is still analysis going on and these numbers are not yet confirmed.