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Season 2010 Episode 0522

Dr. Edward Moses: Is Fusion Energy in Our Future?

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Dr. Edward Moses: Is Fusion Energy in Our Future?
The National Ignition Facility (NIF), located at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is close to the first demonstration of ignition, or nuclear fusion with energy gain - creating a fusion reaction that releases more energy than the energy required to initiate the reaction. NIF, the world's highest-energy laser, will use its 192 laser beams to compress and heat a peppercorn-size fuel capsule filled with deuterium and tritium, two isotopes of hydrogen, causing the hydrogen atoms to fuse and release a tremendous burst of energy.Once ignition is achieved, the world will be an important step closer to realizing the 50-year quest for fusion energy - the energy that fuels the sun and the stars. About a decade after ignition, a laser fusion engine prototype could demonstrate the suite of technologies necessary to generate fusion energy on the electric grid. Fusion energy is a carbon-free, sustainable, and safe energy source which could be powering your home and business within the next 30 years. Dr. Moses describes NIF's success to date and the path forward to fusion energy.moreless

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