Nuclear fusion breakthrough achieved with new projectile technique

Nuclear fusion has been achieved using a new projectile technique that accelerates fuel to 200 times the speed of sound. First Light Fusion, a UK based start-up, used a hyper-velocity gas gun to launch a projectile at fusion fuels, such as deuterium, which starts a reaction. Fusion is a process where two light atomic nuclei combine to form a single heavier one while releasing massive amounts of energy. The team behind the method hopes to create a power plant that could generate around 150 megawatts of electricity by the 2030s.


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