Confirmation from the US Department of Energy is expected Tuesday, but government scientists in California have reportedly achieved a net gain nuclear fusion reaction.
This would be a major breakthrough, especially as fusion energy produces no waste or greenhouse gases.
However, to put the breakthrough in context:
“The fusion reaction at the US government facility produced about 2.5 megajoules of energy, which was about 120 per cent of the 2.1 megajoules of energy in the lasers, the people with knowledge of the results said, adding that the data was still being analysed”
— Financial Times, Fusion energy breakthrough by US scientists boosts clean power hopes
Although we are following the news carefully, we do not think fusion energy will be commercially viable for _at least_ past 2040. And, in the meantime, governments are investing heavily in fission nuclear power. Read out report on the coming Second Atomic Age.