BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A recent theoretical experiment performed in Germany might offer some insight into alternative sources of energy. The Waldenstein 7-X experiment proves that controlled nuclear fusion might be around the corner.
On Wednesday, a group of scientists from all over the globe have launched a novel experiment in Germany. Their goal is to prove that nuclear power if controlled, can be used in order to provide an alternative source of power.
Moreover, the experiment, if successful can very well pave the way to new technologies which could enable us to leave behind the idea of using fossil fuels. The nuclear fusion experiment, dubbed the Waldenstein 7-x, has caught the attention of no more than 200 scientists from all over the globe, including Angela Merkel, herself an accomplished physicist.
The chancellor and other visitors have gathered on Wednesday into the Max Plank Institute’s control room in order to view the experiment. According to the specifications, during this experiment, the scientists will inject a hydrogen-based fuel, into an experimental device called a stellator.
After feeding hydrogen into the stellator, the team will then heat up the hydrogen-based fuel until it reaches a critical temperature of over 8 million degrees Celsius, which is roughly the same temperature found inside the Sun’s core. When the hydrogen nuclei clash inside the stellator, they are capable of producing a superheated gas called plasma.
According to Hans-Stephan Bosch, the head of the Waldenstein 7-x project, the device performed flawlessly in the experiment. Even though things happened so fast (the plasma formed from the clashing of hydrogen nuclei had a half-life of a quarter of a second), the results are indeed remarkable, showing that controlled nuclear fusion might be around the corner.
Although there are some critics who would argue that the procedure is costly, and the money spent on it can be diverted to other energy projects, it would seem that Germany pushes forward in its quest to come up with a new source of technology.
The project began nearly 20 years ago, and since then, Germany was allotted a total grant of 1.06 billion euros. Nevertheless, it would seem that the results are paying off and that the country is getting ready to turn the controlled nuclear fusion device from science fiction into a scientifical fact.
Thomas Klinger, the Waldenstein’s 7-x project leader, said that the newly-designed stellator, works even better than the tokamak, a device designed by 2 Russian scientists in the 50s, capable of containing plasma by using a magnetic field.