European scientists in ‘landmark’ nuclear fusion breakthrough

European scientists have set a new record for the most energy to be generated from nuclear fusion, the latest breakthrough in a decades-long effort to produce power by harnessing the reaction that powers the sun.

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A team of researchers from the Eurofusion consortium produced 59 megajoules from a sustained reaction lasting five seconds – enough power to boil about 60 kettles – in an experiment at the Joint European Torus (JET) facility in Oxford, England. Britain's Prince Charles is shown the JET at the UK Atomic Energy Authority on January 31, 2022.
A team of researchers from the Eurofusion consortium produced 59 megajoules from a sustained reaction lasting five seconds – enough power to boil about 60 kettles – in an experiment at the Joint European Torus (JET) facility in Oxford, England. Britain's Prince Charles is shown the JET at the UK Atomic Energy Authority on January 31, 2022. (Foto: Adrian Dennis/Reuters/NTB)