Fusion News

X Marks the Spot

Oxfordvirtual.com OCTOBER 11, 2015BY PRINCETON UNIVERSITY X MARKS THE SPOT: RESEARCHERS CONFIRM NOVEL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PLASMA ROTATION TO IMPROVE FUSION PERFORMANCE (PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS) Representative plasma geometries, with the X-point location circled in red. (Reprinted from T. Stoltzfus-Dueck et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 245001, 2015. Copyright 2015 by the American Physical Society.) By Raphael Rosen, Princeton Plasma Physics ... Read More »

Is nuclear fusion about to change our world?

CNN By Thom Patterson Wed October 7, 2015 (Video is included in the CNN post, click the link to watch it) Hey 21st century, where’s that nuclear fusion power reactor you promised? Tens of billions of dollars have been spent in the past 60 years, entire careers have been invested, but the ability to produce a commercially viable nuclear fusion ... Read More »

Fusion reactors hailed as the future of nuclear energy

UK news Yahoo Fri, Oct 2, 2015 Press Association – The nuclear energy industry should embrace fusion reactors, it has been suggested Fusion reactors could become an economically viable way of generating electricity within decades and replace traditional nuclear power or fossil fuels, scientists have said. Advances in superconductor technology have led researchers from Durham University and the Culham Centre ... Read More »

Announcing the winners of the FED Student Award at ISFNT’12

Elsevier We are pleased to announce the winners of the FED Student Award at ISFNT, which was recently held at the 12th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology in Jeju Island, South Korea. Sponsored by Elsevier, the award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the field of Fusion Nuclear Technology, presented at the conference by a Masters or PhD student and either ... Read More »

Italy supplies nuclear fusion reactor component to Japan

Agora Magazine Sept. 30 Rome – The first superconducting magnet for the JT-60SA experimental nuclear fusion reactor under construction in Japan was presented in Genoa on Tuesday by ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, and ASG Superconductors, a superconducting magnet manufacturing company. The Tokamak, a plant that will begin the plasma burn-through in ... Read More »

Construction completed, PPPL is set to resume world-class fusion research later this fall

PPPL By John Greenwald September 25, 2015 Staffers who worked on the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade. At the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), world-leading fusion research resumes later this fall. After more than six years of planning and construction — including three years of building and 574,000 hours of labor — the National Spherical Torus ... Read More »

Why Jeff Bezos, Peter Thiel, and others are betting on fusion

Fortune SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 The “ignition facility” at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Photo: Damien Jemison—LLNL The energy source has been long on promise and short on reality. Now private companies think they can succeed where the government has failed. For more than half a century governments around the world have been trying to solve the challenge of nuclear fusion. In ... Read More »

Engineering fusion: Out of the tokamak and into industry

Euro Fusion Posted August 25th 2015 How can the outcome of European fusion research serve your daily life? – This is the question that FUTTA wanted to answer. The Fusion Technology Transfer Action figured out 24 original fusion inventions that can be used by other industries. The project, initiated by the European Commission and EFDA (now EUROfusion) realised seven success ... Read More »

Fusion Confusion or a Nobel in the Making? Small-scale nuclear fusion may be a new energy source

University of Gothenburg SEP 23, 2015 Fusion energy may soon be used in small-scale power stations. This means producing environmentally friendly heating and electricity at a low cost from fuel found in water. Both heating generators and generators for electricity could be developed within a few years, according to research that has primarily been conducted at the University of Gothenburg. ... Read More »

We must make the dream of a nuclear fusion reactor a reality

HeraldScotland Ben Thomson / Wednesday 23 September 2015 In 1961 President Kennedy made an historic announcement that the United States would put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. Defying the many sceptics, eight years later Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface uttering the immortal words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap ... Read More »

Fusion: Are We There Yet?

Private Wealth SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 • MICHAEL S. FISCHER The development of a fusion reactor to generate clean energy has long been the holy grail of scientists worldwide. Researchers are now boasting of advances that could make the technology achievable in the near future, and private investors are taking notice. “Fusion has been talked about for many years, and it ... Read More »

Fusion energy boost for high-tech Australia

Australian National University The world’s largest fusion energy experiment, ITER, has turned to Australian physicists to supply a crucial imaging system for the multi-billion-euro experiment. Engaging with ITER is a great opportunity for Australian high technology industry and researchers, said Director of the ANU Australian Fusion Facility, Professor John Howard. “There is huge potential if Australian businesses get listed as ... Read More »

MIT Has Plans for a Real ARC Fusion Reactor

By Evan Ackerman 11 Aug 2015 The Marvel movie version of Tony Stark graduated from MIT in the early 1990s. He built an ARC reactor at Stark Industries later on, but apparently, some of the initial research he did as an undergrad stuck around in some notebooks somewhere on a dusty shelf at MIT. It took them only a few ... Read More »

Assystem to deliver on World’s biggest Fusion Energy project

Scandanavian Oil and Gas Sep 17, 2015 Assystem, an innovation and engineering consultancy secures multi-million Euro contract with Fusion for Energy (F4E) – the EU organisation responsible for Europe’s contribution to ITER. The five-year contract sees Assystem working on the world’s biggest international energy project, currently under construction in the South of France. Assystem, which delivers specialist engineering services to ... Read More »

MIT’s Dennis Whyte Wants to Prove Fusion Is the Future

bostinno Olivia Vanni 09/16/15 Whyte and Sorbom of MIT compare superconductor to monstrous copper conductor. Most of my mornings normally consist of chugging coffee, not chatting about fusion, plasma and superconductors. Then again, most mornings, I don’t have the chance to talk to MIT’s Dennis Whyte, head of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department, as well as director of the ... Read More »

Is nuclear fusion the best way to support rising energy demands?

worldfinance.com Steven Cowley, September 16th, 2015 Nuclear fusion could work – but only if we cough up some money This December, world leaders will gather in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where they will attempt – yet again – to hammer out a global agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Despite the inevitable sense of déjà vu that ... Read More »

Fusion Research: Time to Set a New Path

Issues in science and technology 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 ... Read More »

Finally, Fusion Takes Small Steps Toward Reality

MIT Technology review By Richard Martin on September 14, 2015 The focus of research on fusion power has moved from big government programs to startups with novel designs. WHY IT MATTERS If it’s ever harnessed, fusion could provide an essentially limitless source of zero-carbon energy. After three decades of expensive government-funded research that has failed to produce tangible breakthroughs, nuclear ... Read More »

The Energy of the Future: The Status of Nuclear Fusion Research and the Role of the IAEA

IAEA By Aabha Dixit Sept.15, 2015 Participants at the side event on latest advances in research and development in fusion technology. (Photo: J. C. Castillo/IAEA) Scientists are becoming increasingly excited about the prospects that within the foreseeable future a reactor can replicate the sun’s energy source on Earth through scientific and technological innovation of a scale previously unimagined. During the ... Read More »

Dennis Whyte named head of Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

MIT news School of Engineering September 9, 2015 Whyte succeeds Richard Lester as NSE department head. Dennis Whyte Photo: Susan Young Dennis Whyte, professor of nuclear science and engineering and director of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, has been named the new head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE), effective Sept. 9. He will continue to ... Read More »

Tri Alpha Energy takes small step toward huge goal of fusion reactor

Orange County Register Sept. 8, 2015 By AARON ORLOWSKI Michl Binderbauer, vice president, left, and Toshiki Tajima, chief science officer, show how they say their company has advanced one small step closer to building a machine that would create a near-limitless supply of energy in the same way that the sun does: by fusing the nuclei of two atoms. MATT ... Read More »

‘Renegade’ UK physicists say they’re on fast track to nuclear fusion

RTCC By Alex Pashley 9 September 2015 Venture capitalists take on establishment with experimental device, but are optimistic time frames damaging race? CEO David Kingham with stage two device of Tokamak’s bid to claim fusion energy. (Credit: AlexPashley) Doughnut-shaped and like a cored apple, could a pint-sized nuclear reactor recreate the sun on Earth? A start-up in southeast England is ... Read More »

Scientists propose an explanation for puzzling electron heat loss in fusion plasmas

PPPL By Raphael Rosen August 3, 2015 Elena Belova (Photo by Elle Starkman) Creating controlled fusion energy entails many challenges, but one of the most basic is heating plasma – hot gas composed of electrons and charged atoms – to extremely high temperatures and then maintaining those temperatures. Now scientist Elena Belova of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton ... Read More »

Are We a Step Closer to Nuclear Fusion?

Huffington Post 09/02/2015 By Don Willlmott Nuclear fusion is considered by many to be the holy grail of clean energy — a technology that would transform the world, if only we could figure out how to do it. But harnessing the same process that powers our sun is no small task. Superhot plasma must be created and contained so that ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion Reactors

me engineers SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 PATRICK LANDY The rewards of creating a functional nuclear fusion reactor will be enormous. Such a device will generate safe, emission-free energy using fuel derived from water and lithium. This opportunity has intrigued and stumped scientists worldwide for nearly a century, and for good reason. The conditions needed to sustain the fusion reaction are extreme ... Read More »

Turning the tables on turbulence

CCFE | 03/09/2015 Plasma turbulence has been the bane of fusion scientists for decades. But now they’re getting their own back – images of plasma inside the MAST tokamak at Culham are showing how turbulence could actually tackle one of the hottest issues in fusion reactor design. Plasma is a fascinating but frustrating fact of life for researchers developing fusion ... Read More »

Korean to run nuclear reactor organization

Korea.net Sep 04, 2015 Lee Gyung-su, former chairman of the National Fusion Research Institute, has been appointed chief operating officer of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Organization (ITER). Lee Gyung-su is appointed COO of ITER. ITER is a large-scale scientific experiment that aims to demonstrate the technological and scientific feasibility of fusion energy. Countries such as the U.S., Russia, the ... Read More »

How Close Are We To Nuclear Fusion?

Forbes Ethan Siegel AUG 27, 2015 The ability to not only utilize but, at will, to create fire — a source of heat, light and energy that could be applied to a variety of purposes — was perhaps the key development that led humankind to dominate the plant and animal world, and eventually, all of Earth itself. By harnessing and ... Read More »

UK nuclear fusion energy firm Tokamak joins global giants Google, Dropbox and Mozilla as World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer award winner

Scottish Energy News Hydrogen plasma in the world’s first tokamak to use exclusively high temperature superconducting magnets. The World Economic Forum has announced its selection of the world’s 49 most promising Technology Pioneers 2015 – which includes the UK’s Tokamak Energy, which has been recognised for its approach to accelerate delivery of fusion energy – a safe CO2-free, long-term energy ... Read More »

Fusion energy could be the future

31 August 2015 Illustration of tokamak with plasma © ITER Organization Fusion energy offers the tantalising possibility of clean, sustainable and almost limitless energy. But can it be an economically viable option? Research led by Durham University, in collaboration with the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, has looked in-depth at the economics of fusion energy. The team calculated the cost ... Read More »

Helion Energy takes in $10.6M for fusion energy

Seattle Times Rachel Lerman July 7, 2015 Redmond-based Helion Energy has raised $10.6 million, according to a filing, to build a fusion engine that would create power. Helion Energy has raised $10.6 million in a new funding round to develop technology that aims to create a fusion reactor to generate power. The company disclosed the funds in a filing with ... Read More »

Jeff Bezos Invests $19.5 Million in General Fusion’s Nuclear Technology

JEFF BEZOS, Amazon founder/CEO, INVESTS $19.5 MILLION IN GENERAL FUSION’S NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. In 2011, Mr. Bezos became the first high profile investor in a private sector fusion company; General Fusion, founded by Michel Laberge in Canada. Since then, Paul Alan, a co-founder of Microsoft has invested significant amounts in Tri-Alpha a fusion start up in Los Angeles, and Peter Thiel ... Read More »

Quietly, India is helping build World’s largest Nuclear Fusion Reactor

Defense News August 29, 2015 Near the banks of the Sabarmati, in the green city of Gandhinagar, a team of 122 scientists and engineers from across India is working silently on building some crucial nuclear components. Near the banks of the Sabarmati, in the green city of Gandhinagar, a team of 122 scientists and engineers from across India is working ... Read More »

Sandia’s Z machine receives funding aimed at fusion energy

Eurekalert 29-JUN-2015 Laser beam ‘smoothing’ with University of Rochester to play key role IMAGE: AMPLIFIED LIGHT PASSES THROUGH THE LARGE TUBES OF SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES’ Z-BEAMLET LASER, ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL IN THE WORLD. CREDIT: RANDY MONTOYA, SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A two-year, $3.8 million award has been received by Sandia National Laboratories and the University of ... Read More »

Clean boron fusion using extreme laser pulses

Spie Heinrich Hora 14 July 2015 A laser-driven technique to ignite hydrogen-boron fuel offers the possibility of nuclear fusion for clean, sustainable energy generation. For more than 70 years, scientists have sought to harness energy from nuclear fusion as the ultimate sustainable power source. Initially, they considered fusion of heavy and very heavy hydrogen isotopes (deuterium and tritium, or DT), ... Read More »

Could The ‘Fusion Engine’ Become a Reality Before 2020?

Yahoo news Aug 27, 2015 Fusion has always been maligned by the old joke that it is a breakthrough technology that is just 20 years away…and always will be. Indeed, fusion energy has failed to materialize despite decades of hype. Although the idea has repeatedly disappointed, the concept of generating energy from fusion is still around as companies like Lockheed ... Read More »

U.S. fusion program must have energy mission

The Hill By Caroline Von Wurden and Andrew Holland January 13, 2015 Fusion energy research holds the promise of clean, safe, and secure energy. It is not an exaggeration to say that developing fusion energy would revolutionize America’s energy security, climate policy, and global scientific leadership. However, despite decades of path-breaking scientific research, the U.S. is ceding its leadership and ... Read More »

Secretive fusion company makes reactor breakthrough

Science Daniel Clery 24 August 2015 FOOTHILL RANCH, CALIFORNIA—In a suburban industrial park south of Los Angeles, researchers have taken a significant step toward mastering nuclear fusion—a process that could provide abundant, cheap, and clean energy. A privately funded company called Tri Alpha Energy has built a machine that forms a ball of superheated gas—at about 10 million degrees Celsius—and ... Read More »

General Fusion successfully crowdsourced an engineering solution to a problem on their nuclear fusion project

Next Big Future : brian wang on 8/19/2015 In April, General Fusion issued a crowdsourcing challenge to come up with a written proposal for a “robust seal technology” capable of withstanding extreme temperatures and repetitive hammering for the purpose of isolating “the molten lead from the vacuum” inside their fusion reactor. And after examining the 60 credible proposals submitted from ... Read More »

Fusion:Basic Economics

by Liona Fan-Chiang “…because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.” -John F. Kennedy at Rice University Sept. 12, 1962 Would a society, that could create stars of its own, despair at “natural disasters” such as earthquakes or resulting tsunamis? at lack of energy or water? Would that people tolerate short-term thinking, ... Read More »

Fusion Paths not taken

the Last Tech Age 2014/12/30 Do magnetized plasma targets offer options for smaller, cheaper fusion power? In this part -2 of our Paths Not Followed series, we discuss 3 proposals that show promise of being fusion game changers. All consider manipulating blobs of plasma isolated from any coils that generate magnetic fields for confinement. All our proposals involve fusion concepts ... Read More »

Iran to continue its nuclear fusion research, development: Top nuclear official

Iran Press TV Thu Aug 13, 2015 Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi (Photo by Tasnim news agency) Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic will continue research and development (R&D) activities in the field of nuclear energy. “We would be working on different advanced ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion reactor in just five years?

Treehugger.com Christine Lepisto August 11, 2015 Illustration courtesy of the MIT ARC team The greatest fusion reactor in our neighborhood sends energy free for the harvesting from about 8 light-minutes away, where it safely burns and flares without any help at all from the small, blue marble that orbits it once a year. But expansion of photovoltaic technologies to capture ... Read More »

A small, modular, efficient fusion plant

MIT News David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | August 10, 2015 New design could finally help to bring the long-sought power source closer to reality. A cutaway view of the proposed ARC reactor. Thanks to powerful new magnet technology, the much smaller, less-expensive ARC reactor would deliver the same power output as a much larger reactor. Illustration courtesy ... Read More »

Los Alamos among new DOE projects to create new technology pathways for low-cost fusion energy development

LANL July 20, 2015 Three of the projects involve Los Alamos National Laboratory science staff and partners. Los Alamos National Laboratory sits on top of a once-remote mesa in northern New Mexico with the Jemez mountains as a backdrop to research and innovation covering multi-disciplines from bioscience, sustainable energy sources, to plasma physics and new materials. The Energy Department’s Advanced ... Read More »

China spends big on nuclear fusion as French plan falls behind

newscientist.com 23 July 2015 China’s will be bigger and better (Image: David Parker/SPL) The world’s largest nuclear fusion machine, currently being built in France, is unlikely to produce more energy than it consumes until the early 2030s, warned the UK’s head of fusion research this week. That is five years later than planned – by which time China could be ... Read More »

Engineers Defend Nuclear Fusion Spend

imeche.org Ben Sampson July 24, 2015 Lords committee tells nuclear fusion scientists predicting commercial viability of fusion of being in ‘cloud cuckoo land’ Scientists and engineers from the nuclear fusion research community have rallied against an attack from a member of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee that accused them of being in “cloud cuckoo land”. Speaking at ... Read More »

Bottling the Sun

Project Syndicate JUL 16, 2015 Steven Charles Cowley is CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), Professor of Physics at Imperial College London, Head of the EURATOM / CCFE Fusion Association, and President-Elect of Corpus Christi College at Oxford University. LONDON – This December, world leaders will gather in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where they ... Read More »

How China hopes to solve nuclear waste issue with hybrid fusion-fission reactor at top secret facility

South China Morning Post Stephen Chen 17 July, 2015 China’s proposed hybrid nuclear fusion-fission reactor could potentially burn nuclear waste. Photo: AFP China will build a new hybrid reactor that can burn nuclear waste via a combined fusion-fission method by 2030. This could give a potentially dramatic boost to China’s attempt to switch to more environmentally friendly energy production methods, ... Read More »