“This is a giant leap towards the holy grail of energy research,” said Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at City College and City University of New York. “Breaking even, extracting more energy than you put in, and that could potentially be a game-changer. “
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced a key achievement in nuclear fusion that it had, on August 8, been able to produce 1.3 megajoules of energy in its National Ignition Facility, albeit only briefly. Kaku told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that the achievement was a giant leap towards clean energy.
“A fusion reactor is carbon neutral, it doesn’t create carbon dioxide, it doesn’t create copious amounts of nuclear waste that you find in fission plants with uranium, it doesn’t melt,” he said. declared the author of “The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything.” “” The fuel is seawater, hydrogen from seawater could be the base fuel. “
Fusion, the lesser-known reaction opposed to nuclear fission, occurs when two atoms collide to form a heavier atom and release energy. It is how the sun produces energy.
Kaku explained some of the downsides of nuclear fusion and why it is not currently an easily accessible source of energy.
“It turns out that when you heat hydrogen to tens of millions of degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature of the sun, things get unstable, and that’s why this reaction took place over a hundred trillionth of a second,” just a snap of a finger, so in other words, we want to have a continuous flow of energy, not bursts of energy like we’ve found here, ”Kaku said.