Scientists in the United States revealed the country's first plans to open a nuclear fusion power plant by the 2040s.

Though a U.S. fusion power plant could realistically be built by the 2030s, the timeframe was set so that U.S. scientists can learn from big projects like Europe's ITER and China's EAST before designing their own prototype, Popular Mechanics reports.

The new U.S. fusion power plant plan was revealed by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) department, alongside energy goals for the next two decades.

One of these goals is to "advance the fundamental science of magnetically confined plasmas to develop the predictive capability needed for a sustainable fusion energy source," the DOE explained.

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