New Fusion Facility In Germany Makes Hydrogen Plasma For The First Time Clean Energy: Wendelstein 7-X fusion facility in Germany is up and running By Sarah Everts New fusion facility in Germany makes hydrogen plasma for ... cen.acs.org/articles/94/i6/New-Fusion-Facility-Germany-Makes.html Home > Volume 94 Issue 6 > New Fusion Facility In Germany Makes Hydrogen Plasma For The First Time. 1. ... By Sarah Everts. Department: Science & Technology News ... The Wendelstein 7-X creates its first hydrogen plasma. Credit: Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics With the swift push of a button, German Chancellor Angela Merkel initiated for the first time the production of hydrogen plasma in the new Wendelstein 7-X fusion facility located at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) last week. “It’s the starting shot for an experiment, unrivaled worldwide, that can bring us one decisive step closer to a renewable energy source of the future,” Merkel said. “We want to make the source of energy of the sun and the stars usable on Earth,” said Sybylle Günter, IPP’s scientific director. The long-term goal is to fuse the nuclei of deuterium and tritium, heavy forms of hydrogen, into helium and a neutron to produce thermal energy. Günter pointed out that with just 40 L of water, which is a source of deuterium, and 5 g of lithium, which can be easily converted to tritium, it’s possible to generate the same amount of power as from 40 tons of coal. Volume 94 Issue 6 | p. 6 | News of The Week Issue Date: February 8, 2016 | Web Date: February 4, 2016 .