Hydrogen’s role in US nuclear fusion breakthrough

US scientists have announced a major breakthrough in recreating nuclear fusion, in which hydrogen has played a central role.

An experiment at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, US, saw the production of energy from nuclear fusion in a laboratory for the “first time.”

Hailed by many as the ‘holy grail’ of energy production processes, nuclear fusion is the process found in stars. In the process, pairs of atoms are heated and forced together to make one heavier atom, thus releasing energy, coming as the opposite to nuclear fission, which splits atoms apart.

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