Fusion News

Tri-Alpha Energy Achieves Major Step Towards Commercial-Grade Nuclear Fusion Energy

American Security Project Jul 13, 2017 On July 10, 2017, Tri-Alpha Energy (TAE), a nuclear fusion energy start-up based in Foothill Ranch, California, achieved the first plasma in its fifth and newest reactor, Norman. TAE is the world’s largest private fusion company and has worked towards commercial nuclear power for the past 20 years. The new reactor’s first plasma represents ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion Energy: Six Divertors Make the ITER Cut

Eurofusion July 12th 2017 Red marks the spot where the magic happens: JET’s divertor. Picture: EUROfusion One crucial theme of the EUROfusion Roadmap is improving divertor designs in preparation for the demonstration fusion reactor. Divertors, often referred to as the ashtrays of a fusion device, are the components that deal with fusion exhaust products. To meet the need for improved ... Read More »

Spherical tokamaks as models for next steps in fusion energy

PPPL Quest 2017 Jonathan Menard, head of NSTX-U Research. (Photo by Elle Starkman/ PPPL) Among the top puzzles in the development of fusion energy is the best shape for the magnetic facility — or “bottle” — that will provide the next steps in the development of fusion reactors. Leading candidates include spherical tokamaks, compact machines that are shaped like cored ... Read More »

Brexit threatens Britain’s place at the nuclear top table

Guardian 15 July 2017 The Iter nuclear fusion project under construction in the south of France in October last year. Photograph: Iter In the south of France, the largest scientific experiment mankind has ever embarked upon is rising out of the ground. This facility, the Iter project, will demonstrate nuclear fusion power on a commercial scale, involving the European Union, ... Read More »

Fusion: Will Humanity Ever Harness Star Power?

Visual Capitalist Nick Routley on July 15, 2017 Fusion is the epitome of “high risk, high reward” scientific research. If we were to ever successfully harness the forces that power the stars, mankind could have access to power that is almost literally too cheap to meter. However, reaching that goal will be a very expensive, long-term commitment – and it’s ... Read More »

Probing the magnetic universe

MIT June 23, 2017 “We now strongly believe that these magnetic fields critically affect structure formation in the universe — they are critical to shaping the world as we see it,” says Associate Professor Nuno Loureiro. Photo: Susan Young Nuclear Science and Engineering Associate Professor Nuno Loureiro ponders the origins of magnetic fields. Nuclear Science and Engineering Associate Professor Nuno ... Read More »

China aims to be a nuclear fusion power within the next 50 years

Silicon Republic by Colm Gorey | July 13, 2017 Illustration of a nuclear chain reaction. Image: GiroScience/Shutterstock The race to create the first sustainable ‘artificial sun’ is hotting up, with China’s top nuclear fusion scientist promising to have it within 50 years. Nuclear fusion could usher in a new age of technology, as a source of energy that is not ... Read More »

Finally, a divertor! – Wendelstein powers up

Euro Fusion July 12th 2017 The inside of the stellarator Wendelstein 7-X clearly shows the reddish tiles made of copper-chromium-zirconium. Pictures: IPP The stellarator Wendelstein 7-X has received its first divertor. Just one step closer towards realising plasma pulse lengths of half an hour without breaking the machine Fusion is different. Even when it comes to ashtrays. For the scientists ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion in Europe delayed past 2050 Setback largely due to ITER delays

The Chemical Engineer Neil Clark | 12/07/2017 NUCLEAR fusion in Europe from the DEMO demonstration plant could be pushed back beyond 2054, according to the BBC. The broadcaster gained the information from a new version of a European “road map” prior to its official release, which lays out the technological hurdles that must be overcome to start generating energy. It ... Read More »

First Helical Plasma Research in the People’s Republic of China

NIFS National Institute for Fusion Science (Japan) Establishes International Academic Cooperation Agreement with Southwest Jiaotong University in the People’s Republic of China – Towards the First Helical Plasma Research in the People’s Republic of China National Institutes of Natural Sciences National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) and Southwest Jiaotong University, in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, the People’s Republic of China, ... Read More »

Fusion: The need for clean energy sources beyond renewables

American Security Project Jun 27, 2017 By: Derek A. Sutherland There is an ever-increasing demand for consumable energy worldwide. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in the 2016 International Energy Outlook (IEO) report projects worldwide energy demand increasing into the mid-21st century. Worldwide energy consumption was dominated by countries within the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a group ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion Startup Tri Alpha Energy Hits a Big Milestone

GTM by Katie Fehrenbacher | July 10, 2017 But it’s just one step in a very long process. Tri Alpha Energy, a company with $500 million in backing that has been working on nuclear fusion technology for nearly two decades, reached a major milestone last month. On Monday, the company announced that it started up a new nuclear fusion reactor ... Read More »

Race to replicate sun’s plasma to harness ‘perfect energy source’

news.com.au July 10, 2017 THE world is racing to harness the power of the universe’s “perfect energy source”. And Australia is playing a key role in this new frontier. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor being built in France. AS THE world tries to wean itself off fossil fuels, scientists are racing towards one of the biggest breakthroughs in history that ... Read More »

Nuclear project could be ‘under threat’

Oxfordshire Guardian George Welchon: July 07, 2017 Left to right, Lorne Horton, head of the JET exploitation unit, Layla Moran, Oxford West and Abingdon MP, Ian Chapman, CEO UK Atomic Energy Authority An Oxfordshire MP has described a government pledge to keep funding a multi-million pound nuclear fusion project in Culham, as long as the EU keeps paying in as ... Read More »

While USA is distracted by its President’s antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

The Register 6 Jul 2017 The Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak Chinese boffins say they have smashed yet another world fusion record using their EAST contraption – aka the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak. The experimental fusion system managed to maintain a stable plasma state for 101.2 seconds, with the temperature peaking at 50,000,000 K (90,000,000°F, 50,000,000°C), we’re told. By contrast, the ... Read More »

Researchers demonstrate first hot plasma edge in a fusion facility

Phys.org July 5, 2017 Physicist Dennis Boyle. Credit: Elle Starkman/PPPL Office of Communications Two major issues confronting magnetic-confinement fusion energy are enabling the walls of devices that house fusion reactions to survive bombardment by energetic particles, and improving confinement of the plasma required for the reactions. At the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), researchers have ... Read More »

China’s ‘artificial sun’ sets world record with 100s steady-state high performance plasma

Eureka Alert 5-Jul-2017 Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters Basic parameters of the world’s longest 101.2 s high confinement discharge achieved on EAST (Bt=2.5T, PRF=3.0MW, ne/neGW=0.55, Te=4.0KeV, H98y2=1.1, Upper single null configuration) Image by the EAST Team China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) made an important advance by achieving a stable 101.2-second steady-state high confinement plasma, setting a world record in ... Read More »

An important scholar argues that in 2030 the nuclear fusion becomes feasible

News4c.com By Daniel Knighten -July 3, 2017 Earl Marmar, director of the Alcator C-Mod Tokamak project of the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says that from 2030 we will have nuclear fusion energy. The nuclear fusion will change the energy industry on the ground, being the only true source of renewable and environmentally friendly energy. Marmar states that “2030 may ... Read More »

MIT Scientist Asserts That We Will Have Fusion Energy by 2030

Futurism June 29, 2017 In Brief Earl Marmar, MIT’s Alcator C-Mod tokamak fusion project, said that we could potentially have nuclear fusion powering electric grids by the 2030s — that is, if we continue to pursue research aggressively. Fusion on the Horizon In the continuous pursuit of a truly renewable and clean energy source, nothing compares to nuclear fusion. Although ... Read More »

Trump Budget Cuts Delay Nuclear Fusion By Decades, 2025 Target Now Out Of Reach

Econotimes June 30, 2017 Nuclear Fusion Reactor.Steve Jurvetson/Flickr Since being sworn into office, President Donald Trump has done everything in his power to undermine the progress of renewable energy. He backed out of the Paris Accord and is giving the fossil fuel industry preferential treatment. However, the current administration is proposing a budget cut that obstructs the development of Nuclear ... Read More »

Carbon-Free Nuclear Fusion Is Coming, if It Survives Trump’s Budget Cuts

Bloomberg June 29, 2017 By Jing Cao As a power source, it’s like re-creating the sun on Earth, but the administration wants to reduce its funding. This reactor under construction in the south of France is said to be the first that will yield enough energy to sustain itself (and power about 375,000 homes). Source: ITER Organization In the rolling ... Read More »

Links Day 2017: Jo Johnson stresses Government commitment to science and announces funding for nuclear fusion project

Royal Society of Biology 28 June 2017 The biggest science policy event in the Parliamentary calendar heard from Jo Johnson MP that the UK Government will continue to underwrite the Joint European Torus (JET) project post Brexit. Jo Johnson MP announces the UK Government will continue to fund JET post-brexit (photo: RSB) The announcement came as part of his keynote ... Read More »

UK willing to keep funding EU nuclear fusion project after Brexit

EUactiv Jun 27, 2017 Inside the JET facility. [EUROfusion] The British government said on Tuesday (27 June) it would continue to fund a collaborative nuclear fusion project with the European Union to 2020 if the bloc extends Britain’s contract to host the facility beyond 2018. The Joint European Torus (JET) project, located in southeast England at the Culham Centre for ... Read More »

Fusion Breakthrough Puts Us One Step Closer to Limitless Clean Energy

Futurism.com June 22, 2017 In Brief Researchers from the Chalmers University of Technology think they’ve developed a method that could eliminate one of remaining obstacles to stable and sustainable nuclear fusion, which could provide the world with a source of virtually limitless clean energy. Taking It Slow Scientists consider nuclear fusion the “holy grail” of energy production for good reason. ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion: Sustainable Energy From Plasma Hotter than the Sun Edges Closer

Newsweek By Hannah Osborne On 6/22/17 The prospect of fusion energy—a potentially limitless and clean source of power—has just edged a little closer. Scientists believe they have solved a fundamental problem with building reactors that produce fusion power. Nuclear fusion produces energy in the same way as the sun and stars, combining lightweight atomic nuclei by using high pressures and ... Read More »

Predhiman Krishan Kaw, father of India’s nuclear fusion, dies

Times of India Jun 20, 2017 Padma Shri Prof Predhiman Krishan KawPadma Shri Prof Predhiman Krishan Kaw Highlights Prof Predhiman Krishan Kaw was the founder director of Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar The institute catapulted India to being one among the seven member entities that is building the world’s largest fusion experiment AHMEDABAD: The father of India’s nuclear fusion ... Read More »

Deceleration of runaway electrons paves the way for fusion power

Phys.org June 21, 2017 Although the vacuum chamber in the British fusion reactor JET has a wall made of solid metal, it can melt if it gets hit by a beam of runaway electrons. It is these runaway elementary particles that doctoral students Linnea Hesslow and Ola Embréus have successfully identified and decelerated. Fusion power has the potential to provide ... Read More »

The magnetic appeal of fusion technology

Europa 31 March 2017 Nuclear fusion could, potentially, solve our energy problems once and for all, but we’re not quite there yet. However, we are already reaping benefits from the research. Technology development for ITER, for example, generates new know-how with possible applications in industry. It has inspired world-leading innovation for a type of analytical instrumentation. © MG – fotolia.com ... Read More »

Importance of fusion to sustainable clean energy highlighted by several Governments during international energy ministerial conference

Fusion for Energy 19 June 2017 The European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union, Maroš Šefcovic, highlighted the importance of fusion during his keynote speech during the plenary ministerial dialogue at the ministerial conference “Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy”. Fusion is the only long-term sustainable base-load energy solution – this message came across during the ministerial conference entitled “Meeting the ... Read More »

Kazakhstan conducts first stage of nuclear fusion reactor physical launch

The Astana Times By Assel Satubaldina in Nation on 15 June 2017 Photo credit: nnc.kz ASTANA – National Nuclear Centre of Kazakhstan completed June 9 the first stage of physical launch of Kazakh Tokamak for Material Testing (KTM), a nuclear fusion reactor developed jointly with Russia and at the instruction of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. “One of the main issues ... Read More »

U.S.-China collaboration makes excellent start in optimizing lithium to control fusion plasmas

PPPL June 13, 2017 Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (photo courtesy of Institute of Plasma Physics Chinese Academy of Science). For fusion to generate substantial energy, the ultra-hot plasma that fuels fusion reactions must remain stable and kept from cooling. Researchers have recently shown lithium, a soft, silver-white metal, to be effective in both respects during path-setting U.S.-Chinese experiments on the ... Read More »

Fusion as an energy source: the ITER project is back on track

Europa Wednesday, 14 June 2017 Today the European Commission has adopted a communication presenting the revised schedule and budget estimates for European participation in the ITER project. This international project aims to build in Europe a key facility for testing the possibility of generating sustainable energy from fusion. A new baseline for the project plans the first experiments for 2025 ... Read More »

Wibbly-wobbly magnetic fusion stuff: The return of the stellarator

ARS Technica Artistically shaped magnets may make stellarators easier to manage than ITER. Design of the W7-X from the outside. Having many ports means the scientists can make a lot of different measurements at the same time. The arrangement of magnets required to create a well-confined plasma. The shape of the magnetic field. Fusion powers the Sun, where hydrogen ions ... Read More »

ANU partner with China on nuclear fusion technology for power supply

Canberra Times May 9 2017 ANU has handed over the keys to its $35 million nuclear fusion stellarator as part of a technology exchange with China aimed at creating a new viable base-load power source by 2050. Many nations, scrambling to find a solution to the energy crisis, view nuclear fusion as a sustainable solution. Director of the Australian Plasma ... Read More »

Fusion energy could be the future of power production

Adjacent Open Access 05/06/17 By Dr. Neil Alexander Neil Alexander for the Canadian Nuclear Association shares why society should be looking to fusion energy to power homes and businesses in the future Modern society loves energy but delivering that energy is becoming a problem Modern society loves energy. Whether it is lighting our offices, heating our homes or delivering our ... Read More »

Inside the SPIDER facility, preparing for nuclear fusion tests

New Scientist 31 May 2017 By Andy Coghlan THIS may resemble a distillery, but what it will generate isn’t for drinking. It will serve up streams of atoms and ions to make the energy of the sun right here on Earth through nuclear fusion. Called SPIDER and due for completion next year, this facility in Padua, Italy, will help fine-tune ... Read More »

Saving time on the way to ITER operation

ITER Newsline 15 May, 2017 Both Xavier Litaudon, head of the EUROfusion ITER physics department, and Lorne Horton, JET exploitation manager, are confident that the upcoming operations ”will save significant time on the way to ITER’s deuterium-tritium operation.” What’s happening at JET these days? We have been in shutdown since November last year and will remain in shutdown until September ... Read More »

How Far Away is Fusion? Unlocking the Power of the Sun

Universe Today 27 May , 2017 by Fraser Cain I’d like to think we’re smarter than the Sun. Let’s compare and contrast. Humans, on the one hand, have made enormous advances in science and technology, built cities, cars, computers, and phones. We have split the atom for war and for energy. What has the Sun done? It’s a massive ball ... Read More »

Scientists Perform First Simulation of Spontaneous Transition of the Edge of Fusion Plasma to Crucial High-Confinement Mode

R&D Mag 05/22/2017 Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have simulated the spontaneous transition of turbulence at the edge of a fusion plasma to the high-confinement mode (H-mode) that sustains fusion reactions. Credit: Elle Starkman Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have simulated the spontaneous transition ... Read More »

Zach Hartwig: Applying diverse skills in pursuit of a fusion breakthrough

MIT May 22, 2017 Newly-appointed Assistant Professor Zach Hartwig’s mission is to use nuclear technology to benefit society and the environment. Assistant Professor Zach Hartwig joined the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering faculty this year after almost a decade of doctoral and postdoc work at MIT. Photo: Lillie Paquette/MIT School of Engineering Making nuclear fusion a practical energy source ... Read More »

European consortium completes first Iter magnet

WNN 22 May 2017 The first of 18 toroidal field coils has been made in Europe. Gigantic superconducting magnets, they will generate the magnetic cage to contain the Iter fusion reactor’s plasma. The toroidal field coil magnet – “the most high tech magnet in history”, according to F4E (Image: F4E) The toroidal field coil is 14 metres wide, 9 metres ... Read More »

Physicists discover that lithium oxide on tokamak walls can improve plasma performance

Science Blog May 21, 2017 Lithium compounds improve plasma performance in fusion devices just as well as pure lithium does, a team of physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has found. The research was conducted by former Princeton University physics graduate student Matt Lucia under the guidance of Robert Kaita, principal research physicist ... Read More »

First Iter plasma chamber tool ready for shipment

WNN 16 May 2017 The first vacuum vessel sector sub-assembly tool for the Iter fusion reactor has passed factory acceptance tests in South Korea. The tool is by far the largest custom-designed tool for the reactor, currently under construction at Cadarache in southern France. A ceremony marked the completion of factory acceptance tests (Image: Iter) As part of its procurement ... Read More »

New General Fusion collaboration fuses big data and machine learning to accelerate clean energy development

General Fusion’s scientists working with Microsoft’s software experts to explore experimental plasma data in greater depth than previously possible VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – May 15, 2017) – General Fusion, an industry leading clean energy company, is partnering with Microsoft’s Developer Experience Team to unlock critical insights into its experimental results using cloud-based big data techniques. These insights will help forge the ... Read More »

New model of plasma stability could help researchers predict and avoid disruptions

Phys.org May 10, 2017 by Raphael Rosen Physicists Steve Sabbagh and Jack Berkery in front of the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U) Credit: Elle Starkman Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have helped develop a new computer model of plasma stability in doughnut-shaped fusion machines known as tokamaks. The new model incorporates recent ... Read More »

Gone Fission: Could Nuclear Fusion Solve SA’s Energy Woes?

Adelaide Review MAY 2, 2017by DR JESSICA L. PATERSON Renewable energies are “old hat already” says Dr Jessica L. Paterson, and our energy future is bright thanks to the potentially limitless power supply that fusion reactors could bring us. You may have recently watched Jay Weatherill throw down with Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg over the Commonwealth’s blame game regarding ... Read More »

Plasma Turbulence Generates Flow in Fusion Reactors

STRN April 28, 2017 Heating the core of fusion reactors causes them to develop sheared rotation that can improve plasma performance. Simulation of plasma turbulence generating positive (red) and negative (blue) residual stress that drives rotation shear. Comparison between measured and simulated rotation profile (inset). Image courtesy of W.X. Wang The Science Improved stability and confinement in fusion reactors comes ... Read More »

Tokamak Energy turns on ST40 fusion reactor

WNN 28 April 2017 The UK’s newest fusion reactor has been turned on for the first time and has officially achieved first plasma. The reactor aims to produce a record-breaking plasma temperature of 100 million degrees for a privately-funded venture. This is seven times hotter than the centre of the Sun and the temperature necessary for controlled fusion. Oxford, England-based ... Read More »