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Congratulations to the team at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for achieving ignition. These are landmark results and add momentum in the field of fusion. This advancement brings us one step closer in the quest for a new energy source. It sits alongside rapidly increasing commercial interest and provides a real sense that fusion can make a contribution to the world’s future low-carbon energy supply.

William Morris, Chief Scientist for UKAEA, said: “It appears this is an impressive achievement resulting from intense and inventive research. It is a valuable advance on the challenging path to the delivery of useable fusion energy that will further stimulate an already exciting and important field.”

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