Fusion Confusion

How to keep superhot plasma from chirping

Quest 2017 Graduate student Vinícius Duarte. (Photo by Elle Starkman/ PPPL) “Chirp, chirp, chirp.” The familiar sound of birds is also what researchers call a wave in plasma that breaks from a single note into rapidly changing notes. This behavior, which often has frequencies far above what the human ear can hear, can cause heat in the form of high ... Read More »

ITER Fusion energy pushed back beyond 2050

BBC 11 July 2017 We will have to wait until the second half of the century for fusion reactors to start generating electricity, experts have announced. Artwork: DEMO should open the way for the industrial and commercial use of nuclear fusion A new version of a European “road map” lays out the technological hurdles to be overcome if the processes ... Read More »

Fusion Energy’s Dreamers, Hucksters, and Loons

Slate.com JAN. 3 2013 The Cryostat forms the vacuum-tight container surrounding the ITER vacuum vessel and the superconducting magnets, essentially acting as a very large refrigerator. It will be made of stainless steel with thicknesses ranging from 50 mm to 250 mm. The structure is designed for 8,500 m3. Its overall dimensions will be 29.4 meters in diameter and 29 ... Read More »

Latest Fusion Confusion: From Hawaii

Fusion Energy Solutions FUSION ENERGY SOLUTIONS OF HAWAII INTRODUCES THE UNLIMITED PRIMARY ENERGY OF FUSION HOW IT WORKS At Fusion Energy Solutions of Hawaii, we know about the amazing connection that can occur with fusion. We will bring microscopic stars to earth as primary energy sources and explore a whole new world. Fusion is the process of turning matter into ... Read More »

Argentina: from Huemul island fusion fraud to physics fortune

IET 18 August 2015 By Katia Moskvitch Ronald Richter built a huge concrete bunker to house his experiments It was arguably the scientific fraud of the century, but a hugely expensive failed project to create energy from nuclear fusion laid the foundation for Argentina’s success in physic. The ruins are ghostly, silent. The crumbling buildings and labs – hidden on ... Read More »

The Taylor Wilson Story

Taylor Wilson, Reno Nevada CBS Video, Scott Pelley and Taylor Wilson 2012 On the Road: Teen is the Mozart of physics CBS News March 30, 2012 Teenage physics wonder turns to nuclear safety Seventeen-year-old Taylor Wilson is like most high school boys. He can only think about one thing. But, the one thing that he’s obsessed about isn’t what you ... Read More »

Boeing patents laser-powered fusion-fission jet engine (that’s truly impossible)

ARS Technica Sebastian Anthony (UK) – Jul 12, 2015 Lasers fuse hydrogen, causing uranium to fission, which generates electricity. Zzzap! The pellet/hohlraum is imploded by lasers, causing the hydrogen isotopes to fuse. Hot gasses rush out the back of the engine, creating thrust. The uranium-238 coating is bombarded with neutrons from the fusion reaction, starting a fission reaction. Coolant behind ... Read More »

Boeing Patents Laser Triggered Nuclear Fusion Powered Jet Engine

Techworm BY MAYA KAMATH ON JULY 15, 2015 Patent awarded to Boeing for laser-triggered nuclear fusion powered jet engine, but will Boeing build one? Boeing’s Robert Budica, James Herzberg, and Frank Chandler applied for a patent for building a laser and nuclear driven airplane engine which got its approval last week from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Airplane ... Read More »

Boeing just patented this awesome laser-powered nuclear fusion engine design

Digital Trends By Drew Prindle — July 13, 2015 Satellite Plasma Thruster Boeing definitely has no shortage of crazy, ambitious, and downright ridiculous ideas. Many of these never make it past the conceptual phase, but the company’s latest one might actually become a reality at some point in the future. Boeing has recently been awarded a patent for a super-efficient ... Read More »

Boeing Rocket Engine Patent: United States Patent 9,068,562

United States Patent 9,068,562 Budica , et al. June 30, 2015 Laser-powered propulsion system Abstract A propulsion apparatus includes a propellant, at least one laser, and a thrust member. The propellant includes a solid surface having a hollow core disposed within the solid surface and a thrust-producing medium disposed within the hollow core. The at least one laser is positioned ... Read More »

Boeing just patented a jet engine powered by lasers and nuclear explosions

BusinessInsider.com BENJAMIN ZHANG, July 7, 2015 Last week, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved an application from Boeing’s Robert Budica, James Herzberg, and Frank Chandler for a laser- and nuclear-driven airplane engine. With airplane makers constantly on the lookout for new and more efficient ways to power their products, this laser engine is the latest idea cooked up by ... Read More »

Boeing Patents Laser Nuclear Fusion Jet Engine

IEEE Spectrum Evan Ackerman, 10 Jul 2015 Image: United States Patent and Trademark Office This is one of those patents that absolutely in no way signifies that the company who files it is working on the thing that the patent is patenting. Because we can assure you, Boeing is not* actively developing a laser-triggered fusion powered jet engine. But that ... Read More »

Cross Fire Fusion technology

Crossfire Fusion CF Fusion technology: The CrossCrossFire Fusion – BoltFire Fusion Reactor is a concept that uses steady-state magnetic fields to confine radially, and helicoidal moving magnetic forces to accelerate and trap axially plasma of electrically charged ions, in an energy-efficient way to ignite fusion reactions, but allowing the charged byproducts to escape longitudinally to the outputs to be converted ... Read More »

The Micro Fusion boiler – Nuclear power in the home only a few years away

logic4training Apr, 01 – 2015 At Logic4training we like to keep abreast of new developments in the world of heating and this exciting new development could be a real game changer. Scientists in China have spent the last 10 years secretly working on a brand new type of domestic boiler, one that could potentially last generations. It’s being called the ... Read More »

Sun in a Bottle

When weapons builders detonated the first hydrogen bomb in 1952, they tapped into the vastest source of energy in our solar system–the very same phenomenon that makes the sun shine. Nuclear fusion was a virtually unlimited source of power that became the center of a tragic and comic quest that has left scores of scientists battered and disgraced. For the ... Read More »

Kip Siegel

Inspired by Dr. Teller’s work, and his prophetic warning to keep people informed, a Michigan physics professor named Dr. Keeve (Kip) Siegel formed the first and only private-sector company to pursue controlled fusion research using lasers. In the early 1970s, he formed KMS Industries, with the goal of successfully achieving laser inertial fusion energy. With private funding, on May 1, ... Read More »

KMS Fusion – an addendum

LastTechAge 2015/02/15 KMS Fusion, an early ICF group mostly remembered for its mashup of good science and bad politics. This is our historical addendum. An excellent article on the beginning of ICF (inertial confinement fusion) was posted on January 28th by ScienceLine’s Chelsey Coombes. This is a summary of Alex Wellerstein‘s presentation at the October 2014 meeting of the New ... Read More »

Open Source Nuclear Fusion

Mark Suppes built a nuclear fusion reactor with no formal science background. Prior to the fusion project, Mark became comfortable tackling the improbable with eight years of web startups. In these startups, he learned that it’s better to be too ambitious than not ambitious enough. Considering the time and effort a startup requires, it makes sense to aim high. Then, ... Read More »

Iranian team to collaborate with US company on nuclear fusion project

New Jersey company says it has permission for unique partnership to work toward the holy grail of energy sources Mark Halper theguardian.com, Friday 25 May 2012 13.59 EDT Plasma used in fusion reactions is created at places like the ASDEX upgrade fusion reactor in Germany. Photograph: Peter Ginter/Science Faction/Corbis A US company and an Iranian university have agreed to collaborate ... Read More »

Lawrenceville Plasma Physics

Iranian team to collaborate with US company on nuclear fusion project Scientific paper: Fusion reactions from >150 keV ions in a dense plasma focus plasmoid Focus Fusion IndieGoGo Video! from Focus Fusion Society on Vimeo. Looking for funding: Focus Fusion in New Jersey July 2015: LPP Fusion has resumed dense plasma fusion test firing now using the new tungsten electrode Aneutronic ... Read More »

Multiphase Nuclear Fusion Reactor – Clean and Safe Atomic Energy

Published on Youtube Jun 2, 2014 Conceptually, it has been redesigned to be the most energy-efficient fusion reactor ever. Effectively, a clean, safe, dense and environmentally friendly power source to supply the world’s energy needs, with no greenhouse gases, no long-term radioactive waste, low thermal waste, no large land areas, no environmental impact, no interruptions by the weather or time ... Read More »