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There may be working fusion on Earth

Nature by Mikio Fukuhara Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 37740 (2016) doi:10.1038/srep37740 Published online: 23 November 2016 Abstract The cause and source of the heat released from Earth’s interior have not yet been determined. Some research groups have proposed that the heat is supplied by radioactive decay or by a nuclear georeactor. Here we postulate that the generation of heat ... Read More »

New feedback system could allow greater control over fusion plasma

Eureka Alert 20-MAR-2017 DOE/PRINCETON PLASMA PHYSICS LABORATORY IMAGE: GOUMIRI HAS CREATED A NEW SYSTEM THAT WILL LET SCIENTISTS CONTROL THE ENERGY AND ROTATION OF PLASMA IN REAL TIME IN A DOUGHNUT-SHAPED MACHINE KNOWN AS A TOKAMAK. Like a potter shaping clay as it spins on a wheel, physicists use magnetic fields and powerful particle beams to control and shape the ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion needs a ‘wright brothers’ moment, says firm closing on the target

Gas & Electricity 19.03.2017 Nuclear fusion needs a “Wright brothers” moment, to convince the world of its promise of unlimited clean and safe energy and so unlock significant private investment, according to a physicist whose says his company is closing in on that goal. David Kingham, the chief executive of Tokamak Energy, has announced his company’s target of producing its ... Read More »

MAST Upgrade: fitting the last piece of the puzzle

CCFE 15/03/2017 On 7 March, the finishing straight got one (major) step closer for the new MAST Upgrade tokamak, with the lifting and positioning of the centre column into the heart of the machine. Nicknamed the ‘£1 million kebab’ by engineers here at Culham, the five metre-long centre column is a key component for operating MAST Upgrade. Once connected up ... Read More »

National Ignition Facility’s dual-purpose positioner is proving its worth

LLNL Feb. 16, 2017 NIF Target Area operators prepare the TanDM for a NIF shot. The 9,000-kilogram (20,000-pound) mechanism is about 8.5 meters long, with a boom that can extend about 6.75 meters. Photo by Jason Laurea/LLNL While multitasking may be easy for some people (and perhaps hard for others), it can be a particular challenge for the highly specialized ... Read More »

New path suggested for nuclear fusion

Rice University Mike Williams – March 2, 2017 Rice, Illinois, Chilean scientists report quantum control of atoms may make fusion energy production more efficient HOUSTON – (March 2, 2017) – Controlled nuclear fusion has been a holy grail for physicists who seek an endless supply of clean energy. Scientists at Rice University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion: Why doughnut-shaped reactors are best for harnessing plasma

IB Times By Hannah Osborne | February 28, 2017 Max Planck scientist charts how fusion energy technology has changed since the 1980s. Nuclear fusion offers the potential for unlimited, free and clean energy. However, physicists often say the technology to harness it is – and always will be – 30 years away. In a paper published in the European Physical ... Read More »

Hong Sio: On the road for fusion

MIT Paul Rivenberg | Plasma Science and Fusion Center | February 28, 2017 Ph.D candidate enjoys a range of fusion research from coast to coast. At MIT, Hong Sio can be found in the PSFC High-Energy-Density Physics (HEDP) accelerator facility, which develops and characterizes nuclear d iagnostics for inertial fusion facilities across the country, including NIF and OMEGA. “The opportunity ... Read More »

Kazakhstan expresses interest in collaboration

ITER 27 FEB, 2017 In the discussion that took place with ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot, Erlan Batyrbekov, director of the Kazakhstan Nuclear National Center, offered to establish a legal cooperation framework between ITER and the institution he heads. The largest of the Central Asian republics (5.5 times the size of France), Kazakhstan has immense mineral resources and a strong scientific ... Read More »

How Can We Get Cheap, Clean Power From Nuclear Fusion?

Forbes FEB 28, 2017 shutterstock What are the most important unanswered questions in natural science that are likely to be answered by 2025? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Matthew J Moynihan, PhD in ICF, Fusion Blogger, on Quora: Nuclear Fusion offers ... Read More »

IPP Summer University for Plasma Physics and Fusion Research

IPP Beginning: Sep 11, 2017 08:40 End: Sep 15, 2017 15:00 Location: D-85748 Garching near Munich, Boltzmannstr. 2 ProgrammeThe course covers the main aspects of plasma physics with emphasis on nuclear fusion: energy consumption and selected aspects of the environmental impact of energy production basics of plasma physics and nuclear fusion kinetic and magneto-hydrodynamic description of a plasma concepts and ... Read More »

Flow Z-Pinch Experiments

University of Washington The Flow Z-Pinch is an innovative confinement concept to magnetically confine a high-temperature, high-density plasma. The Z-pinch has a simple, linear configuration with no applied magnetic fields. The self-field generated by the axial current confines and compresses the plasma. The concept was investigated extensively for fusion energy applications; however, the configuration is unstable to gross sausage and ... Read More »

44th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics (EPS)

Fusenet The 44th edition of the European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics (EPS) will take place from the 26th to 30th of June 2017 and will be hosted by Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK). Organised by the Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society, this annual conference covers a broad range of plasma science spanning from ... Read More »

The route to commercial fusion electricity by 2030

The Engineer 21st February 2017 Viewpoint Melanie Windridge and David Kingham Tokamak Energy’s contribution to putting fusion power into the grid by 2030: the ST40 prototype of a compact fusion reactor The world is facing a deep decarbonisation challenge, and major organisations such as the Breakthrough Energy Coalition and the newly-announced Breakthrough Energy Ventures are seeking bold new technologies, like ... Read More »

Fusion winter school in Budapest

magfuzio Feb. 21, 2017 Over the last decade the Hungarian Association of Physics Students (Mafihe) has been organizing an annual winter school. This event acts like a break for the physics students after the tough examination period, exploring a stimulating part of physics or related scientific area. The topics are usually chosen to be on the edge of the mainstream ... Read More »

ITER-like WEST ready to go

ITER 13 FEB, 2017 Imagine a space shuttle “landing” on—or rather flying very close to—the surface of the Sun. The heat load it would be exposed to would be in the range of 10 to 20 MW per square metre. Speaking to media representatives last week, Alain Bécoulet, the Director of the French Institute for Magnetic Fusion Research IRFM, used ... Read More »

Physicists improve method for designing fusion experiments

phys.org February 13, 2017 Fusion experiments known as stellarators work by confining a mass of superheated plasma (orange horizontal mass) inside a magnetic field generated by external electromagnetic coils (multicolored vertical bands). A UMD physicist has made a revision to the software tools used to design these complex coil shapes, allowing researchers to create better designs with more room between ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion Comes Into Focus

Lehigh University By: Kurt Pfitzer | February 09, 2017 Arindam Banerjee (right) and Ph.D. candidates Zachary Farley (left) and Andrew Bergey set up a test on a two-wheel, high-acceleration track, which simulates the instabilities of the fusion reactor by rotating a container filled with two fluids of different densities. (Photo by Douglas Benedict) Serious discussions of the long-term future of ... Read More »

Core Concept: Stabilizing turbulence in fusion stellarators

pnas.org vol. 114 no. 6 > Adam Mann, 1217–1219, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1618480113 In the earliest days of the Cold War, physicists on both sides of the Iron Curtain raced to harness energy from nuclear fusion, which could, in principle, provide nearly limitless electricity. Innovative devices with names like pinch machines, levitrons, and superstators flourished, and for most of the 1950s it ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion to replace fossil fuels

Business Recorder Feb. 3, 2017 Nuclear fusion is a technology based on the natural reactions constantly taking place on the surface of our Sun producing an infinite fuel source with almost zero carbon emissions, happening as two atoms of hydrogen are fused together under extreme temperatures to produce another element, helium. The process as a result produces an ample amount ... Read More »


The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining 1 Feb 2017 CEA – Tungsten monoblock elements The WEST project’s success in producing its first plasma allows it to test materials for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. A tokamak in France has produced its first plasma, demonstrating the success of modifications made to the fusion reactor. The French Alternative Energies and Atomic ... Read More »

Riccardo joins PPPL as head of engineering

PPPL February 1, 2017 Valeria Riccardo Photo by Elle Starkman, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Valeria Riccardo has joined the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory as the new head of engineering. She has more than 20 years of experience in project management, fusion design and analysis on two fusion devices in the U.K. that are similar to the U.S. Department of Energy’s ... Read More »

World Nuclear Association Annual Assessment of the State of Nuclear Fusion Power

World Nuclear Association (Updated January 2017) Fusion power offers the prospect of an almost inexhaustible source of energy for future generations, but it also presents so far insurmountable scientific and engineering challenges. The main hope is centred on tokamak reactors and stellarators which confine a deuterium-tritium plasma magnetically. Today, many countries take part in fusion research to some extent, led ... Read More »

Scientists Plan to Replace Fossil Fuels With Nuclear Fusion by 2030

Futurism.com June Javelosa | January 30, 2017 IN BRIEF A Canadian collective has released Fusion 2030, a report in which they ask the government for an investment of $125 million to build a working nuclear fusion plant prototype by 2030. Nuclear fusion could be the most valuable renewable energy option as it has the highest energy density, the best energy ... Read More »

Tokamak Energy plans net electricity production fusion by 2025 and commercial grid production by 2030

Next Big Future January 30, 2017 Experimental and theoretical research has shown ‘spherical’ tokamaks to be a “fast route to fusion” compared with more “conventional” tokamak devices such as Joint European Torus (JET), according to David Kingham, chief executive of Tokamak Energy. “By pursuing this route, fusion researchers around the world, including at Tokamak Energy, are developing new materials and ... Read More »

Diagnostics for super-hot plasmas in fusion reactors

Phys.org January 30, 2017 It’s tough to measure the concentration of the single or neutral hydrogen atoms in fusion plasmas. The temperatures reach tens of thousands of degrees or more. A new calibration technique to improve these measurements uses different fluorescence pathways in a laser-induced fluorescence measurement system. Xenon (blue) and krypton (red) fluorescence have different optical pathways in the ... Read More »

Spherical tokamak ‘to put fusion power in grid’ by 2030

WNN 30 January 2017 Experimental and theoretical research has shown ‘spherical’ tokamaks to be a “fast route to fusion” compared with more “conventional” tokamak devices such as Joint European Torus (JET), according to David Kingham, chief executive of Tokamak Energy. “By pursuing this route, fusion researchers around the world, including at Tokamak Energy, are developing new materials and technologies to ... Read More »

Researchers shocked at UK’s plan to exit EU nuclear agency

nature.com Elizabeth Gibney | 27 January 2017 UK’s role in major fusion projects remains in limbo. The UK’s plan to leave Euratom has thrown into doubt the future of the Joint European Torus (JET), a nuclear-fusion facility in Culham, UK. Scientists are shocked and angry at the UK government’s sudden confirmation on 26 January that it wants to pull out ... Read More »

A feather in the cap for EUROfusion fellow

Euro Fusion 26th January 2017 Dr. Gergely Papp was awarded the Karoly Simonyi Memorial Plaque of the Hungarian Nuclear Society. Photo: IPP Cartoon of a runaway electron. (courtesy of EUROfusion) Runaway electrons: they may be minuscule, but for a fusion device, they can be quite disruptive. So, knowing how to keep them in check ranks high-up in the fusion research ... Read More »

Canada could be a world leader in nuclear fusion by 2030, report suggests

CBC News Jan 26, 2017 Burnaby’s General Fusion among many lobbying for federal investments in nuclear fusion General Fusion’s compression system prototype at its facilities in Burnaby, BC. (General Fusions) Scientists are calling on the federal government to invest more in fusion research as a way to produce massive amounts of clean energy and radically reduce dependance on fossil fuels ... Read More »

This is what we need to do to get fusion energy on the grid by 2030

International Business Times By Dr David Kingham | January 25, 2017 It will be a huge challenge, with massive investment required. But it is possible. Tokamak Energy has said that nuclear fusion could be powering UK homes in 15 years’ time Tokamak Energy Excerpt from a speech by Dr David Kingham, chief executive of Tokamak Energy, to the International Energy ... Read More »

JT-60SA assembly of the Toroidal Field coils has started

Fusion for Energy 24 January 2017 The process of assembly has started: The first two of JT-60SA’s TF coils are in place in the tokamak With the placement of the first two, of the total 18, Toroidal Field (TF) coils in the tokamak, the complex process of assembling this magnet has started at the JT-60SA site in Naka, Japan. This ... Read More »

Limitless Fusion Energy Is Just 13 Years Away, According To Tokamak Energy

Huffington Post 25/01/2017 Fusion is the “holy grail” of energy generation. Imagine a world where electricity can be produced virtually limitlessly without harming the environment. This is the promise of nuclear fusion technology. By harnessing the same reaction that powers the Sun, it could usher in a new era of energy generation. Now a British physicist has laid out his ... Read More »

Could Canadian fusion power be in play by 2030?

Business in Vancouver By Nelson Bennett | Jan. 24, 2017 Universities rally around B.C. company in push for national fusion energy strategy, funding General Fusion founder Michel Laberge with the company’s mini-sphere compression system prototype. Laberge earned a plasma physics degree at UBC, which no longer has a plasma physics program. | rob kruyt In 1944, Canadian scientists began working ... Read More »

Is alluring but elusive fusion energy possible in our lifetime?

PBS | January 18, 2017 JUDY WOODRUFF: But first: the hunt to create fusion energy. While many people remain worried about pursuing further development of nuclear power, some researchers believe nuclear fusion could hold the key to clean and plentiful energy. There have been many false starts before, but some scientists see real reason for hope that this path will ... Read More »

Fusion Energy; Too Important To Fail – Too Big To Hoard

By: Tom D. Tamarkin Jan. 20, 2017 Proposal for privately funded fusion energy experimental science, R&D leading to commercialization Abstract The world will soon face an energy crisis of monumental proportions which many ignore. By 2050 we must significantly increase total energy production or face a need for worldwide redistribution of wealth and energy allocation coupled with population reduction. The ... Read More »

Brandon Sorbom: Designing a fusion future

PFSC Paul Rivenberg | PSFC | January 18, 2017 “I was interested in clean energy. In a physics textbook, on literally the last page, they made a reference to fusion, ‘the power source of the future.’ I was intrigued and decided to find out more.” Brandon Sorbom, Graduate Student, PSFC Lillie Paquette / MIT School of Engineering When Brandon Sorbom ... Read More »

The World Needs Nuclear Fusion Energy Breakthrough or Else

Industry Tap David Russell Schilling | January 17th, 2017 Nuclear Fusion (Image Courtesy Wikimedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Deuterium_Ionized.JPG#/media/File:Deuterium_Ionized.JPG) While the world continues to discover new sources of oil and natural gas, some of the signs of peak oil, such as Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar oilfield reaching its peak, continue to put a damper on future expectations for oil-based economies . IndustryTap has written a ... Read More »

EUROfusion welcomes Ukraine into the family

EuroFusion 16th January 2017 Representatives from Euratom, the European Commission and EUROfusion visited the QSPA plasma accelerator in 2015 . “Joining EUROfusion and establishment of Ukrainian Research Unit is an important milestone for our fusion community and we expect further fruitful joint work within EUROfusion Roadmap,” Igor Garkusha, Kharkov Institute for Physics and Technology (KIPT), Ukraine Research Unit Head. As ... Read More »

Simulation of a fusion plasma blob with 1 billion particles

Fusion Group January 16, 2017 by Xavier Sáez Researchers at the National Institute of Fusion Science (NIFS) succeeded for the first time in the world in conducting a micro-level simulation of a plasma blob in the “edge region” of the plasma. This simulation ran on the Plasma Simulator supercomputer, which is dedicated exclusively to plasma and fusion science use. To ... Read More »

An Intensive Analysis of Lockheed-Martins’ Fusion Effort

by Matthew Moynihan, Ph.D. DECEMBER 11, 2016 Lockheed Martin Compact Fusion Reactor Concept, Confinement Model and T4B Experiment (PDF Poster) This article was written over a few weeks in November and December of 2016. As always, the best way to read this is on PDF – so I encourage you to download this. The article is not perfect, but nothing ... Read More »

Siberian Physicists Ready for Next Step Toward Inexpensive Nuclear Energy

Sputnik News 03.01.2017 Plasma studies facilities at Institute for Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk Scientists of the Siberia-based Institute of nuclear physics (INP) are planning to complete the first stage of their work on the development of an alternative fusion reactor, a project which is considerably more commercially attractive than the international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER). Scientists Study Materials for Future Fusion ... Read More »

Fusion Research: Time to Set a New Path

issues.org Summer 2015 by Robert L. Hirsch The inherent limitations of the tokamak design for fusion power will prevent it from becoming commercially viable, but the lessons from this effort can inform future research. Burning wood was an important source of energy for early humankind, because it had no competition, no cost concerns, and manageable environmental issues. Over time, new ... Read More »

Tokamak is ready to test ITER’s internal components

Phys.org December 16, 2016 View of the WEST vacuum chamber with its new configuration and the ITER prototypes of plasma-facing components lit by the technician. Credit: CEA/C. Roux/CEA Cadarache, 22 November 2016 On 14 December 2016, the WEST tokamak produced its first plasma, reflecting the success of the operations carried out since 2013 on the CEA nuclear fusion reactor. Now ... Read More »

Korean nuclear fusion reactor takes step forward for commercialization

Korean Herald 2016-12-15 An experimental nuclear fusion reactor in South Korea has achieved a world record of 70 seconds in high-performance plasma operation, taking a step forward in commercializing a nuclear fusion reaction to produce electricity, researchers said Thursday. Unlike light and heavy water nuclear reactors, which are widely used for now, a nuclear fusion reaction provides safer electricity as ... Read More »

Fusion Reactor Materials Analyzed at the Nanoscale

MEPhl National Research Nuclear University (Russia) Dec. 6, 2016 MEPhI scientists have figured out how the change of nanostructure of materials for energy reactors of the future will affect their plasticity, heat resistance and other important properties. Currently, one of the most promising areas in nuclear power are the development of new fast reactors and the creation of a workable ... Read More »