Fusion News

University’s nuclear fusion device to be complete, available for use Friday

Daily Illini By Michael Semaca | 04/18/16 Photo courtesy of Michael Semaca | The Daily Illini The HIDRA, the University’s fusion device. The University’s nuclear fusion device, the Hybrid Illinois Device for Research and Applications, or HIDRA, will finally be completed and will form its first plasma Friday. This process will allow researchers like Dr. Daniel Andruczyk, the head of ... Read More »

Review backs UK’s “world-class” fusion programme

The Maven Apr. 19 2016 Nuclear research in the UK has been descibed as “world class” An independent review into nuclear fission and fusion research in the UK has backed the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s “world-class” fusion programme. The Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) commissioned the review to guide its future strategy. The review panel consisted of nine ... Read More »

Princeton graduate student creates program that helps stabilize fusion plasma

phys.org April 15, 2016 I mène Goumiri led the design of a controller. Credit: Elle Starkman/PPPL Office of Communications Imène Goumiri, a Princeton University graduate student, has worked with physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) to simulate a method for limiting instabilities that reduce the performance of fusion plasmas. The more instabilities there ... Read More »

Climate Change Won’t Kill the Grandkids – Having No Energy Will

By: Tom D. Tamarkin April 15, 2016 Abstract AGW or climate change is not the big problem many claim. The perceived scare of AGW has been used by sub-groups in the United Nations to bluff wealthy industrialized nations into transferring money to poor often times corrupt nations. Monies gained from this mechanism have not been invested in the root cause ... Read More »

2013 Independent Review declares EMC2 Fusion’s progress to be most significant advances made in plasma physics and magnetic fusion over the past 50 years

Next Big Future April 13, 2016 Nextbigfuture has obtained the independent reviews of EMC2 Fusions work for the US Navy from 2012 and 2013. The reviews were obtained with a Freedom of Information Act request. In our July 5, 2013, report, the review committee stated, “The EMC2 team is finally at the threshold of success or failure with the Polywell ... Read More »

NASA funds Direct Drive Fusion Propulsion

Next Big Future April 12, 2016 The Direct Fusion Drive (DFD) concept provides game-changing propulsion and power capabilities that would revolutionize interplanetary travel. DFD is based on the Princeton Field-Reversed Configuration (PFRC) fusion reactor under development at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The mission context we are proposing is delivery of a Pluto orbiter with a lander. The key objective ... Read More »

Analyzing a Component of the ITER Tokamak with Simulation

comsol Brianne Costa April 12, 2016 We can solve many of the world’s energy sustainability problems by harnessing the power of the sun through fusion energy. Tokamaks are devices that test the practicality of employing fusion energy on Earth. ITER, which will be the largest tokamak on Earth when complete, has required years of research and a magnitude of resources. ... Read More »

The Energy Race: Oil, Nuclear, Renewables

youngmensanorth.com Asad Hussain 08 APRIL 2016 It is an industry that dominates news outlets and dictates discourse of the current political environment. We are constantly told that we are in the midst of an oncoming energy crisis: our fossil fuel reserves are limited. Yet, fossil fuels are what we fundamentally rely upon. From major ventures such as electricity generation to ... Read More »

New device improves tokamak efficiency

The Engineer 7th April 2016 Scientists at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have designed a new device that uses liquid lithium to improve the performance of tokamaks. The white-hot limiter glowing in contact with the plasma (Credit: J.S. Hu) Known as a liquid lithium limiter, it circulates the molten metal around the tokamak walls, assisting fusion by preventing the ... Read More »

MEPs refuse to sign off on budget for ITER nuclear fusion project

EU Reporter The European Parliament’s lead budgetary control committee held its annual vote on the discharge of the EU budget on 4 April. MEPs voted unanimously to refuse to recommend granting a discharge to the EU budget line for the ITER nuclear fusion project. The report voted by the committee highlights concerns with cost overruns, delays and mismanagement. The European ... Read More »

New Plasma Source Favorable for Hydrogen Negative Ion Beam is Developed

Tohoku University 2016-04-01 Researchers at Tohoku University have discovered a new plasma wave phenomenon, leading to the development of a negative ion source for fusion plasma heating. Led by Associate Prof K. Takahashi and Prof A. Ando, the team demonstrated adjoining generations of high and low electron temperature plasmas, based on the presently discovered plasma wave physics. Development of neutral ... Read More »

Physicist Tyler Abrams models lithium erosion in tokamaks

PPPL By Raphael Rosen March 21, 2016 (Photo by Tyler Abrams) Physicist Tyler Abrams The world of fusion energy is a world of extremes. For instance, the center of the ultrahot plasma contained within the walls of doughnut-shaped fusion machines known as tokamaks can reach temperatures well above the 15 million degrees Celsius core of the sun. And even though ... Read More »

Highlight Seminar: Ned Sauthoff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

princeton.edu ABSTRACT Fusion powers the stars. By combining nuclei, fusion liberates more than a million times more energy per pound of fuel than by chemical reactions. The abundance of geographically dispersed fuel, combined with safety and environmental advantages, motivates the pursuit of controlled fusion as a possible source of power. A barrier to fusion reactions is the electrostatic repulsion of ... Read More »

Finding the funding for fusion energy

E&E Publishing Madelyn Beck, March 29, 2016 The threat of climate change has spurred more love from Congress for energy technology, but the love only goes so far. An energy source that promises to be the cleanest, most compact, most resource-friendly of them all is faced with a reception similar to a toddler getting a savings bond: It could be ... Read More »

Why Nuclear Fusion Is Always 30 Years Away

Discover By Nathaniel Scharping | March 23, 2016 The Joint European Torus tokamak generator, as seen from the inside. (Credit: EUROfusion) Nuclear fusion has long been considered the “holy grail” of energy research. It represents a nearly limitless source of energy that is clean, safe and self-sustaining. Ever since its existence was first theorized in the 1920s by English physicist ... Read More »

Energy for the Masses: Raiders of the Lost Promise – The Holy Grail of Nuclear Fusion

cfi.co By Penny Hitchin March 23, 2016 All You Ever Wanted to Know about Stellarators and Tokamaks The vast amounts of energy released by splitting the atom has enabled scientists to produce both nuclear power and nuclear weapons, demonstrating that mankind’s amazing technical and creative ingenuity is perhaps matched only by its morbidly mad inclination towards self-destruction. Just gaze at ... Read More »

MAST Upgrade

CCFE Culham Center for Fusion Energy The Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) facility at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is undergoing a major upgrade that will enhance the UK’s role in international fusion research. When completed in 2016/17, MAST Upgrade will enable scientists to: Make the case for a fusion Component Test Facility (CTF). A CTF would test reactor systems ... Read More »

PhD and MSc opportunities

CCFE Culham Centre for Fusion Energy Depending on resources, we aim every year to have new PhD and MSc projects with several UK universities addressing plasma physics, materials science and fusion engineering associated with tokamaks, providing a range of exciting research opportunities. The projects range from the theoretical, through computational modelling, to experimental studies. Most students are based at Culham ... Read More »

Inside the nuclear fusion machine that could give us unlimited energy: Video reveals giant reactor with magnets the size of a 747

Daily Mail By ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD 18 March 2016 Iter uses electric current to trap plasma inside a doughnut-shaped device long enough for fusion to occur Engineers in France are currently building its 18 magnets that each weigh between 113,400kg and 226,800kg Rocket scientists have been recruited to create super-strong materials that can hold these magnets in place Construction of the ... Read More »

Our Best Shot at Nuclear Fusion Needs Magnets That Weigh as Much as a Boeing 747

Gizmodo Jamie Condiff March 18, 2016 When it’s finally built, ITER will be the world’s biggest experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor—and probably our best chance to date for making nuclear fusion work. But engineers are currently toiling with building the damn thing and its magnets are proving to be a challenge. A toroidal fusion reactor like the the smaller Experimental ... Read More »

Legislative efforts highlight challenging path for fusion energy

Energywire Christa Marshall, E&E reporter March 18, 2016 The fusion debate on Capitol Hill is heating up. The issue popped up in a flurry of letters, bills and comments in the past week as appropriators weighed proposed cuts to the Department of Energy’s overall fusion budget. Congress also is waiting for a report from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on U.S. ... Read More »

Compressing turbulence to improve inertial confinement fusion experiments

PPPL March 15, 2016 Compression of a turbulent plasma. Image by Seth Davidovits Physicists have long regarded plasma turbulence as unruly behavior that can limit the performance of fusion experiments. But new findings by researchers associated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University indicate that turbulent ... Read More »

Space Tech Is Helping Engineer the World’s Biggest Nuclear Fusion Reactor

Motherboard EMIKO JOZUKA 16 March 2016 Nuclear fusion is the energy of the Sun and stars, and there’s a global race to generate it as an alternative green energy source. But before researchers get started, they need to ensure that their nuclear fusion reactors can withstand the extreme temperatures produced when hydrogen atoms collide to form helium. To achieve this, ... Read More »

US Energy Dept hails progress on road to nuclear fusion

The Nation March 12, 2016 The path to creating sustainable fusion energy as a clean, abundant and affordable source of electricity has led to a point where the international fusion experiment, ITER, is poised to produce more energy than it uses when it is completed in 15 to 20 years, said Ed Synakowski, associate director of Science for Fusion Energy ... Read More »

Uncertainty Quantification at the 100 Million Degree Edge of the Burning Tokamak Plasma

University of Liverpool Supervisor(s) Edoardo Patelli (Engineering) Rob Akers (CCFE) Gillian Murray (VEC) Funding details a stipend of £17,057 pa for 4 years. For exceptional candidates this may increased. Starting Arrangements start date as soon as possible Restrictions on student nationality UK only The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is one of Europe’s leading nuclear research centres, closely collaborating ... Read More »

As hot as it gets

nature.com Nature Physics 12, 14–17 (2016) doi:10.1038/nphys3625 Published online 07 January 2016 Didier Mazon, Christel Fenzi & Roland Sabot Sustaining and measuring high temperatures in fusion plasmas is a challenging task that requires different heating systems and diagnostic tools. Information on the spatial distribution of temperature is one of the key elements for improving and controlling plasma performance. At a ... Read More »

PPPL engineers design and build state-of-the-art controller for AC to DC converter that manages plasma in upgraded fusion machine

PPPL By Raphael Rosen | March 7, 2016 PPPL scientists Robert Mozulay and Weiguo Que (Photo by Hans Schneider) The electric current that powers fusion experiments requires superb control. Without it, the magnetic coils the current drives cannot contain and shape the plasma that fuels experiments in doughnut-shaped tokamaks correctly. One of the digital firing generators installed in NSTX-U Now, ... Read More »

Nuclear industry congratulates General Fusion and Terrestrial Energy on receiving sustainable development grants

Canadian Nuclear Association OTTAWA (March 7, 2016) – The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) today congratulates CNA members General Fusion and Terrestrial Energy on recently being awarded grants from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). “The federal government’s grants to General Fusion and Terrestrial are recognition that nuclear energy is a sustainable form of low-carbon energy,” said CNA President and CEO Dr. ... Read More »

Multi-scale simulations solve a plasma turbulence mystery

Phys.org March 7, 2016 Image of the inside of MIT’s Alcator C-Mod tokamak, with a representative cross-section of a plasma. The inset shows the approximate domain for one of the multi-scale simulations and a graphic of the plasma turbulence in the multi-scale simulation. Credit: Nathan Howard, MIT Cutting-edge simulations run at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing ... Read More »

Hundred Million Degree Fluid Key to Fusion

Australian National University 7 MARCH 2016 Matthew Hole (L) and Zhisong Qu at the virtual control room for overseas fusion experiments in RSPE. Image Stuart Hay “It will open the door to understanding a whole lot more about fusion plasmas, and contribute to the development of a long term energy solution for the planet.” Scientists developing fusion energy experiments have ... Read More »

Fusion Nuclear Power Developer General Fusion Awarded $12.75 Million From Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Techmagazine.com 04 March 2016 BURNABY, B.C. — Innovative cleantech company General Fusion has been awarded $12.75 million by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to continue developing its fusion energy technology, culminating in the design of a full-scale fusion energy demonstration system. The grant, announced in Edmonton today by Navdeep Bains, federal minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, is part ... Read More »

Plasma physicist discusses the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator

phys.org February 5, 2016 by Peter Hergersberg Thomas Klinger, director at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in front of the 725-ton-heavy plasma container for the nuclear fusion experiment Wendelstein 7-X located in Greifswald. Credit: Stefan Sauer Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) produced the first helium plasma in the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator last December. ... Read More »

IPP Summer University for Plasma Physics and Fusion Research

IPP Beginning: 2016-09-19 End: 2016-09-23 Location: Greifswald Contact: summeruni@ipp.mpg.de Programme The course covers the main aspects of plasma physics with emphasis on nuclear fusion: basics of plasma physics and nuclear fusion kinetic and magneto-hydrodynamic description of a plasma concepts and experimental results of tokamak and stellarator configurations plasma heating and diagnostics plasma-wall interaction and materials research safety and environmental aspects ... Read More »

Is nuclear fusion the way forward?

Palatinate By Tom Mander FEB 26, 2016 Burning fossil fuels is still a hot topic—no surprises there. “Be carbon free by… Cut emissions by… Keep the temperature rise under…” The rhetoric, like the pollution, lingers. However, recent developments in physics research centres worldwide offer new solutions and new hopes. China and Germany have grabbed headlines over the last few months ... Read More »

Dr Jaeyoung Park Answers Nextbigfuture commenter questions on EMC2 fusion

Next Big Future Feb. 26, 2016 Dr Jaeyoung Park is the lead of the EMC2 Fusion company. Here his are answers to questions put to him by Nextbigfuture commenters. First a few slides describing electrostatic fusion and polywell fusion Q1: With the scaling from WF–6 → WF–7 → WF–8 (expected), at what point will the WF series become large and ... Read More »

Tokamak data mirror for JET and MAST data – moving towards an open data repository for European nuclear fusion research

EUDat Overview of the pilot Our data pilot will provide a mirror of experimental data from two magnetic confinement nuclear fusion devices (Tokamaks) at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE): the Joint European Torus (JET) and the Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST). The research community will be plasma physics and fusion researchers, engineers and technologists from the 29 members ... Read More »

Canadian start-ups look to reimagined nuclear power to replace fossil fuels

National Observer Feb. 22, 2016 As the race to replace fossil fuels heats up, a few Canadian startups are betting on the nuclear option. “We need a game-changing energy innovation,” Simon Irish, chief executive of Oakville, Ont.,-based Terrestrial Energy, said in a recent interview. Renewable power like wind and solar aren’t able to meet the world’s growing energy demands, Irish ... Read More »

ITER Fusion Project: World Leader in Renewable Energy

theogm.com Feb. 22, 2016 Today 80% of the developed world’s energy comes from fossil which meets energy demand but these fuels present environmental issues and climate change challenges. By 2050, it is predicted that the population will be 9 billion and there will be a dramatic increase in energy consumption for which no one solution will be able to fill ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion comes two steps closer

The World Weekly Aristos Georgiou, 11 February 2016 The interior of the Chinese East Tokamak The quest to produce a working nuclear fusion reactor has been the dream of scientists for decades, however, progress has been painfully slow. Within just a few days though, news of two major breakthroughs in the technology has emerged. A s the world faces up ... Read More »

Fusion: “We’re So Close We Can Taste It”

How we get to next Ian Steadman Feb. 16, 2016 Atomic Energy Authority head Steve Cowley talks tokamaks, tritium, and the tantalizing prospect of enough power for a billion years How close are we to stealing starlight for ourselves? Earlier this month, for the first time ever German scientists at the Max Planck Institute heated hydrogen gas to 100 million ... Read More »

New experimental facility boosts European research on fusion energy

ec.europa.eu Brussels, 3 February 2016 A key experimental facility in the EU-backed research programme for developing low carbon fusion electricity is inaugurated today in Germany in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Wendelstein7-X ‘stellarator’ was completed at the end of 2015 by the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik in Greifswald with a €1 billion investment, of which the EU’s Euratom ... Read More »

At WEST, it’s now time for proposals

ITER Newsline 15 FEB, 2016 On 1 February, a seminar was organized at ITER Headquarters to present the present status of WEST and launch the call for proposals. The WEST platform is open to the international fusion community. A few hundred metres from where the ITER Tokamak Complex is rising, a fusion plasma will light up before the end of ... Read More »

Strong endorsement for JET, Fusion Roadmap

Eurofusion.org This picture is a blend of computerised imagery and photography. The European Commission had established a panel of independent high-level experts to evaluate the Euratom research programme which comprises fission and fusion research. The findings, which were recently published, are more than a pat on the back for Europe’s fusion research activities, especially with regard to EUROfusion’s flagship device ... Read More »

Why the Road to Nuclear Fusion is Necessarily Bumpy

The Wire RONAK GUPTA, 15/02/2016 The Wendelstein 7-X device. Credit: Wikimedia Commons While the realisation of nuclear fusion power is often raked up as a fitting example of a sunk cost fallacy, the amount of work going into realising it someday is as necessary as it is intensive. When the first explosion by a nuclear fusion reaction was conducted in ... Read More »

Wendelstein 7-X

IPP Wendelstein 7-X at the Greifswald branch of IPP is a large stellarator with modular superconducting coils which enable steady state plasma operation in order to explore the reactor relevance of this concept. The main assembly of Wendelstein 7-X was concluded in 2014. Once all technical systems had been checked step by step the first plasma was produced on 10th ... Read More »

New dawn: Chinese scientists move step closer to creating ‘artificial sun’ in quest for limitless energy via nuclear fusion

South China Morning Post Stephen Chen Feb.5, 2016 Chinese scientists were able to heat plasma to three times the temperature of the core of our sun for a record-breaking 102 seconds as they progressed the search to derive energy from nuclear fusion. Photo: Wikipedia In a doughnut-shaped chamber in eastern China, scientists have been able to produce hydrogen gas more ... Read More »