Goodfellow supplies metals that help with breakthrough of nuclear fusion

Goodfellow supplies metals that help with breakthrough of nuclear fusion
15 December 2022
Goodfellow supplies metals that help with breakthrough of nuclear fusion

The announcement this week that a major breakthrough in nuclear fusion has been achieved is particularly exciting to Cambridgeshire-based Goodfellow, who provided materials to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California for the experiment.

On Tuesday 13th December 2022, researchers confirmed that they have overcome one of the major barriers to producing clean energy from fusion: producing more energy from the experiment than was put in.

Nuclear fusion has long been heralded as the future of clean energy. It is the opposite of nuclear fission, the technology currently used in nuclear power stations, but fission produces a lot of waste and radiation that can be dangerous.

In contrast, fusion is a much cleaner solution, does not contribute to climate change and produces a more abundant energy. There are many challenges to the successful production of nuclear fusion but before this announcement no experiment has successfully produced more energy output than the amount put in.

“We know there’s a long way to go before nuclear fusion powers our homes,” said Goodfellow’s CEO Simon Kenney, “but we’re excited to have been able to partner with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to supply some of the materials used in this fascinating and successful experiment.”

Dr Aphrodite Tomou, Goodfellow’s Head of Technical, said “it is a great success for the National Ignition Facility at LLNL! This is the breakthrough everybody has been waiting for and it is exciting to have played even the smallest part in supporting them on their journey to this discovery.”

Goodfellow is a supplier of specialist metals and materials to the scientific and industrial manufacturing sectors and have partnered with many businesses to support their research and development departments. Many of Goodfellow’s materials have been used in landmark projects, including the Cassini Huygens probe that landed on Saturn’s moons, Covid-19 vaccine development and medical devices including aiding hearing in deaf children.

To find out more about Goodfellow's involvement in the Nuclear Sector or contact us on +44 (0) 1480 424800 (UK) or +1 800 821 2870 (USA) or for more information


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