Fusion, the process that powers stars like the Sun, is an almost inexhaustible and clean source of electricity that requires only a small amount of fuel, which can be obtained from cheap and globally available materials. In the process of nuclear fusion, atoms of light elements, such as hydrogen, come together at high temperatures to form helium while releasing huge amounts of energy. According to experts, fusion is inherently safe because its reaction process cannot start uncontrollably on its own.
The scientists and engineers of the EUROfusion consortium achieved breakthrough results at the Joint European Torus (JET) fusion facility near Oxford in the United Kingdom. According to Czech scientists who are also involved in the project, a record 59 megajoules generated from fusion energy demonstrate the possibilities of nuclear fusion. Fusion energy has the potential to provide a secure and efficient source of low-carbon energy.