Nuclear fusion: new record brings dream of clean energy closer

The JET Tokamak. Image credit: UKAEA

In it’s final experiment, the JET Tokamak produced more energy via fusion than ever before, as reported by the BBC:

Dr Aneeqa Khan, one of our CDT academics from University of Manchester, was quoted in the article:

“In order for the atoms to fuse together on Earth, we need temperatures ten times hotter than the Sun – around 100 million celsius, and we need a high enough density of the atoms and for a long enough time,”

The article finishes by looking forward to the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) project, which will be built in Nottinghamshire.  Operations should begin in the 2040s.