Nuclear Fusion – An Alternative for Fossil Fuels
Due to the increasing energy demand of the earth, it becomes more and more important to create sustainable and renewable energy sources. To solve this, researchers are trying to bring the sun's energy generation process to Earth using nuclear fusion.
In this interview, Dr. Frank Nürnberg, Global Head of Sales Optics at Heraeus Conamic, talks about the importance of fusion energy as an alternative to fossil fuels. One of the two methods to generate fusion energy requires high energy lasers for nuclear fusion. The efficiency rate of the currently conducted experiments is about 70 percent, which means that about 70 percent of the input materials are converted into energy.
Heraeus is making an important contribution with fused silica specially made for high-energy lasers. Unlike conventional window glass, this can also transmit the laser beams efficiently at the wavelength level.