German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants more research into nuclear fusion. So far, efforts to generate clean nuclear power using a process that would leave no toxic radioactive waste have proved elusive.
Merkel said investment in fusion research was worthwhile
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for nuclear fusion to be explored as a solution to the world's energy needs.
Merkel said ploughing money into developing the energy form, which it is believed would produce no toxic radioactive waste, would be a good investment.
"Nuclear fusion would be a form of energy that could provide an infinite amount of energy for us," said Merkel in her weekly video message on Saturday.
Joining, not splitting
Current nuclear energy production uses a process known as fission, which exploits the energy released when heavy atoms are split into smaller ones. Nuclear fusion, the energy source of the sun and other stars, involves joining together smaller atoms that release energy when they are fused.
"We want to bring the type of energy that the sun produces to earth," said Merkel, a former physicist. On Monday, the chancellor will visit the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald where fusion research is being conducted.
The chancellor will visit German researchers investigating the energy source
A good opportunity
Despite this, Merkel said a replacement for diminishing fossil fuel supplies was needed. She said the search for viable fusion was "worth investing in" and would need international cooperation.
The chancellor added that scientific and technological research should be an economic priority as Germany recovers from recession.
"Without research, without investment in the future, we will not be able to maintain our prosperity," she said.
Editor: Andreas Illmer
The Hungarian prime minister has announced that his government is scrapping a plan to introduce a tax on the use of the Internet. The move comes in the face of mass street demonstrations against the plan.
Japanese electronics giant Sony has reported a whopping net loss for the July to September period on weaker-than-expected results in emerging markets. It said its smartphone business fared worst.
Japan's central bank has surprised analysts by reinforcing its monetary easing program aimed at fueling growth. The move came just after the US Federal Reserve's decision to wind down its own stimulus scheme.