Fusion News

Fusion Stellarator Wendelstein 7-x Fires Up for Real

IEEE Spectrum By Alexander Hellemans 3 Feb 2016 Hydrogen plasma navigates the tortuous turns of the stellarator. Today the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at a ceremony at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma physics in Greifswald in Germany, pressed a button that caused a two-megawatt pulse of microwave radiation to heat hydrogen gas to 80 million degrees for a quarter ... Read More »

Wendelstein 7-X produces first hydrogen plasma

IPP Livestream to the ceremony on 3 February 2016 Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has been asked to switch on the first hydrogen plasma on 3 February 2016 at a ceremony attended by numerous guests from the realms of science and politics. This will mark the start of scientific operation of Wendelstein 7-X. This the world’s largest and most modern fusion ... Read More »

EMC2 revives its quest for nuclear fusion

Geekwire BY ALAN BOYLE on January 29, 2016 Plasma glows inside EMC2 Fusion’s test device during a high-energy shot in 2013. (Credit: EMC2 Fusion) After languishing in limbo for most of the last year, EMC2 Fusion Development Corp. says it’s back in business with an unorthodox concept for nuclear fusion power plants. The concept is variously known as Polywell fusion, ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion gets boost from private-sector startups

Science News Jan. 29, 2016 by Alan Boyle Magazine issue: Vol. 189, No. 3, February 6, 2016, p. 18 Startups bring a new attitude to the energy quest — will it be enough? RENEGADE FUSION Private-sector startups, like General Fusion, are betting they can develop an energy source for the future faster than government-funded projects. General Fusion’s prototype (shown) uses ... Read More »

International team turns on world’s largest stellarator

LANL Glen Wurden in the stellarator’s vacuum vessel during camera installation in 2014. LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Jan. 27, 2015—Since the world’s largest superconducting magnetic fusion experiment, the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator, went online in December, innovative new imaging systems designed at Los Alamos National Laboratory are helping physicists peer into the roiling world of superhot plasmas as they test a promising ... Read More »

How nuclear fusion could unlock Thailand’s energy dilemma

The Nation John Draper, Peerasit Kamnuansilpa January 28, 2016 A ‘clean’ alternative to fossil fuels and atomic fission could be less than a decade away According to the Thai Ministry of Energy’s Integrated Blueprint, up to 5 per cent of the country’s energy requirements will be met by nuclear power by 2036. Nuclear power has advantages over fossil fuels in ... Read More »

Plasma physics at your fingertips

EUROfusion Plasma Ball. (Image: EUROfusion) Aspiring plasma physicists and future fusion researchers could start their training from their living rooms. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne’s Swiss Plasma Center (SPC), a EUROfusion consortium member, has kicked off the latest MOOC edition on plasma physics and its applications. The course which is set to run for nine weeks started on January 25, ... Read More »

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the tritium shot heard around the world

America led worldwide fusion energy records through TFTR decommissioning in 1997 PPPL By John Greenwald, December 9, 2013 Republished here Jan. 26, 2016 PPPL staffers monitor a closed-circuit screen during the historic 1993 experiment. Tensions rose in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) as the seconds counted down. At stake was the first crucial test ... Read More »

Thor’s hammer to crush materials at 1 million atmospheres

Sandia Labs Jan. 5, 2016 Thor could bring high-yield fusion in a small package Sophisticated features may influence eventual Z-machine rebuild ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new Sandia National Laboratories accelerator called Thor is expected to be 40 times more efficient than Sandia’s Z machine, the world’s largest and most powerful pulsed-power accelerator, in generating pressures to study materials under extreme ... Read More »

PPPL Science Undergraduate Lab Internship

PPPL The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program at PPPL is for undergraduates interested in performing plasma physics and fusion energy research. Students perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting PPPL’s research. Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for ... Read More »

Where Is Fusion Research Today?

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings 21/01/2016 by Susanne Dambeck On the one hand, there is the promise of limitless energy supply, emission-free and without the long-term radiation problems of nuclear fission. The idea behind it is simple: In the Sun, the nuclei of hydrogen atoms are continuously fused into helium nuclei. This process releases enormous amounts of energy. Fusion researchers hope ... Read More »

George F. Will: The fusion in our future

Washington Post George Will | Originally published December 20, 2013 PRINCETON, N.J. In a scientific complex on 88 bucolic acres near here, some astonishingly talented people are advancing a decades-long project to create a sun on Earth. When — not if; when — decades hence they and collaborators around the world succeed, their achievement will be more transformative of human ... Read More »

Mira supercomputer simulations give a new “edge” to fusion research

Argonne National Laboratory Katie Jones January 19, 2016 Developed from simulations on the Mira supercomputer at ALCF, this image shows trapped (left cross-section) and passing (right cross-section) electrons carried in the bootstrap current of a tokamak, which is in contrast to the previous understanding that the bootstrap current is carried by passing particles only. Based on a series of high-resolution ... Read More »

New finding may explain heat loss in fusion reactors

MIT News David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | January 21, 2016 A view inside the Alcator C-Mod tokamak. Courtesy of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center/MIT Solving a longstanding mystery, MIT experiments reveal two forms of turbulence interacting. For the first time, simulations of realistic plasmas have demonstrated the coexistence of large turbulent eddies and smaller scale, finger-like ... Read More »

Seeing where energy goes may help realize nuclear fusion

Spacedaily Jan 20, 2016 Visualization of energy flow in fast ignition experiments is made possible by the use of copper tracers and a high-tech X-ray imaging system. Image courtesy High Energy Density Physics Group, UC San Diego. For a larger version of this image please go here. An international team of researchers has taken a step toward achieving controlled nuclear ... Read More »

Swiss statement for international fusion exchange

Eurofusion December 10th 2015 Together with Minh Quang Tran, the former CRPP Director (on the left), the current Director of the Swiss Plasma Center, Ambrogio Fasoli (rightmost) reveals the new name of the institute in Lausanne. Thomas Rizzo (Dean of the EPFL Faculty of Basic Sciences), Bruno Moor (Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation) along with Tony Donné ... Read More »

Ex-president says Iran to launch fusion-based nuclear reactor

Trend news agency By Umid Niayesh | 18 JANUARY 2016 | Baku, Azerbaijan, Iran’s ex-president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani hailed the recent implementation of the nuclear agreement, saying that Iran will launch a fusion-based nuclear reactor. Rafsanjani said Iran has achieved success in fission-based nuclear science, however this is an old technology, Mehr reported Jan. 18. “Thanks to normalization of ... Read More »

A Star-Powered Future?

The Discerning Physicist January 17, 2016 Nuclear fusion, the power source of the stars, seems like the perfect solution to all of our energy problems. It has an abundant fuel, produces no greenhouse gases and has an efficiency four million times greater than that of burning fossil fuels. Unfortunately, problems arise when we are faced with the practicalities of creating ... Read More »

UCI nuclear fusion pioneer Norman Rostoker dies at 89

UCI News Clean-energy champion also co-founded Tri Alpha Energy November 2015 Time magazine quotes from Dr. Rostoker Irvine, Calif., Jan. 6, 2015 – UC Irvine professor Norman Rostoker, the father of breakthrough clean nuclear fusion energy techniques via plasma-based accelerators, died on Christmas Day in Irvine, Calif. He was 89. Rostoker cared deeply about using clean fusion as a source ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion is the Energy of the Future and Here’s Why

Inspire52 Rey Vergara Jan. 13, 2016 The world is adversely changing, and it seems like the future of our children are bleak at best. Humans have abused Mother Nature to the point that it has endangered our possibility of a better tomorrow. Climate change has been accelerated due to man’s non-stop usage of fossil fuels to power economies and development. ... Read More »

Kharkivens participated in the launch of nuclear fusion

Kharkiv Times Jan. 15, 2016 anvalo.blogspot.com In Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (Greifswald, Germany) in December helium plasma was heated to a temperature of a million degrees Celsius. This was reported in V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (KNU), the graduates of which participated in the research. The process took place in one of the largest nuclear fusion reactor in ... Read More »

Sharing fusion research with 3-D, video games, and comics

MIT News Paul Rivenberg | Plasma Science and Fusion Center | November 30, 2015 Posted Jan. 16, 2016 Josh Stillerman (left) and Bob Mumgaard help guide conference attendee Deedee Ortiz through virtual rooms of a 3-D tokamak fusion device. Photo: Paul Rivenberg/PSFC Members of MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center wow colleagues, students, and teachers with a 3-D tour of ... Read More »

Seeing where energy goes may bring scientists closer to realizing nuclear fusion

UC San Diego – Jacobs School of Engineering Visualization of energy flow in fast ignition experiments is made possible by the use of copper tracers and a high-tech X-ray imaging system. Image credit: High Energy Density Physics Group, UC San Diego. San Diego, Calif., January 14, 2016 — An international team of researchers has taken a step toward achieving controlled ... Read More »

Plasma 2015: Lighten the fourth state of matter for fusion

euro plasma December 10th 2015 “After this discussion, it seems, we understand plasma better and we are closer to the technological applications of it” – summarised Andrzej Gałkowski, Director of the Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion (IPPLM) at the closing ceremony of the International Conference on Research and Applications of Plasmas. The conference showed an in creasing interest ... Read More »

Calculations Run at NERSC Create 3D Simulations of Fusion Plasmas

NERSC JANUARY 4, 2016 Contact: Kathy Kincade, kkincade@lbl.gov, 510-495-2124 A cross-section of the virtual plasma showing where the magnetic field lines intersect the plane. The central section has field lines that rotate exactly once. Image: Stephen Jardin A cross-section of the virtual plasma showing where the magnetic field lines intersect the plane. The central section has field lines that rotate ... Read More »

William Reville: Nuclear fusion efforts are being energised by the private sector

The Irish Times William Reville Jan 7, 2016 Serious progress is being made with nuclear fusion, which has huge potential for generating clean energy A nuclear fusion research centre at the Max-Planck-Institut for Plasma Physics in Germany. Photograph: Stefan Sauer/EPA Nuclear fusion is the holy grail of energy generation. Elaborate state-sponsored efforts since 1957 to develop this technology have been ... Read More »

PPPL physicists simulate innovative method for starting up tokamaks without using a solenoid

PPPL By Raphael Rosen January 4, 2016 PPPL Scientist Francesca Poli Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have produced self-consistent computer simulations that capture the evolution of an electric current inside fusion plasma without using a central electromagnet, or solenoid. The simulations of the process, known as non-inductive current ramp-up, were performed using TRANSP, ... Read More »

The Office of Science’s Fusion Energy Sciences Program: A Ten‐Year Perspective

Report to Congress December 2015 Message from the Acting Director, Office of Science This report outlines a scientifically rich and impactful course for U.S. fusion energy research under the Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) program of the Department of Energy over the next 10 years.  The overall mission of the FES program is to expand the fundamental understanding of matter at very ... Read More »

Graphene Can be Used to Inexpensively Separate Deuterium from Seawater for Fusion Fuel Cycles

Independent, UK Steve Connor Dec. 31, 2015 Previously ‘unthinkable’ uses for wonder material graphene are discovered by scientists A scientist inspects a model of graphene’s super-fine structure; it can ‘separate items smaller than an atom’ Graeme Cooper Graphene, the thinnest and strongest substance known to science, could be used to help detoxify nuclear waste thanks to the latest discovery involving ... Read More »

Plasma research shows promise for future compact accelerators

LANL December 21, 2015 A transformative breakthrough in controlling ion beams allows small-scale laser-plasma accelerators to deliver unprecedented power densities. The team in front of the Trident Target Chamber. Back, from left: Tom Shimada, Sha-Marie Reid, Adam Sefkow, Miguel Santiago, and Chris Hamilton. Front, from left: Russ Mortensen, Chengkun Huang, Sasi Palaniyappan, Juan Fernandez, Cort Gautier and Randy Johnson. LOS ... Read More »

German Plasma Success Raises Nuclear Fusion Hopes

Nuclear Friends Foundation The Wendelstein 7-X machine’s plasma – but nuclear fusion is still years away A German nuclear fusion experiment has produced a special super-hot gas which scientists hope will eventually lead to clean, cheap energy. The helium plasma – a cloud of loose, charged particles – lasted just a tenth of a second and was about one million ... Read More »

Is fusion energy around the corner?

Illinois News Bureau AUSTIN KEATING DEC 22, 2015 The W7-X experiment’s successful creation of plasma in Germany is a step along the path to fusion energy, says Illinois research professor Daniel Andruczyk. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer Editor’s note: Nuclear fusion – the process of recreating the reaction that powers the sun for unlimited energy – has been making large ... Read More »

World’s biggest tokamak gets Gujarati heart

Times of India Paul John | TNN | Dec 24, 2015 AHMEDABAD: The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), which is the world’s biggest six -country scientific collaboration to generate nuclear fusion energy in Saint-PaulLez-Durance in France, now officially has a Gujarati heart. The institute of plasma research (IPR) in Gandhinagar, which houses the ITERIndia team led by director Dhiraj Bora, ... Read More »

PPPL celebrates role in first research plasma on W7-X stellarator in Germany

Eureka Alert 22-DEC-2015 DOE/PRINCETON PLASMA PHYSICS LABORATORY A wide-angle shot of the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) taken in October when the device was still under construction. One of the gold-colored trim coils built and delivered by PPPL can be seen at the far right of the machine. CREDIT: PHOTO BY GLEN WURDEN/LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY. Scientists from the U.S. Department of ... Read More »

German Scientists Fire Up Nuclear Fusion Machine

Dec 14, 2015 This is a screenshot image of the plasma isolated by Wendelstein 7-X. (© picture alliance / dpa) Physicists at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) in Greifswald, Germany were responsible for a major scientific breakthrough on December 10. With a single tweet, the team responsible for plasma physics announced that it had isolated its first plasma using an ... Read More »

The rocky road to nuclear fusion power

DW.com Innovative designs using modern superconductors are supposed to bring us nuclear fusion power plants soon – some optimists say. Fusion experts predict, however, that a practical application will take many more decades. Nuclear fusion is considered a potential energy source of the future. It’s clean nuclear energy. But what is it, exactly and why is it so difficult to ... Read More »

What Does Silicon Valley Have to Do with Fusion Energy?

ForbesTom Gillis DEC 15, 2015 Recently I went to an event and met a group of senior government and industry people. They were on a mission to Silicon Valley so they can better understand how it works. But it turns out I learned a few things about physics and the future of humanity. Another company present at the event was ... Read More »

A collaboration bears fruit as W7-X celebrates first research plasma

PPPL By Jeanne Jackson DeVoe December 14, 2015 A wide-angle shot of the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) taken in October when the device was still under construction. One of the gold-colored trim coils built and delivered by PPPL can be seen at the far right of the machine. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and ... Read More »

The €1billion ‘pretzel’ that could save planet Earth: Device which ‘recreates conditions inside stars’ could make fossil fuels redundant

Daily Mail By Stephen Adams and Allan Hall In Berlin Dec. 12, 2015 The Wendelstein 7-X machine in Germany cost €1billion to construct The device recreates conditions similar to those occurring inside stars Technology could lead to limitless supplies of clean and cheap energy It created one-million-degrees-centigrade plasma for tenth of a second Its twisted construction resembles the pretzels of ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough: Scientists Closer to Achieving Clean Energy

wccftech.com by Ahmed Bilal Dec 13, 2015 Scientists in Germany have announced that they have successfully fired up one of the world’s largest nuclear fusion machines. The machine was able to create a special super-hot gas which the scientists hope will lead to an unlimited supply of clean energy through nuclear fusion. Scientists are just amazing at what they do, ... Read More »

Nuclear Fission and the #Parisagreement

Nanite Solution Posted on December 13, 2015 by Dan R. Do you remember hearing about those Global Climate Change talks that were going on in Paris[France]? Well they just agreed on something so monumental it could affect the outcome of the very planet upon which we call home. 196 countries have agreed to a part-legal/part-voluntary agreement to: To peak greenhouse ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion breakthrough opens door to clean, cheap and safe energy

Sydney Morning Herald December 14, 2015 Powering our planet using the kind of energy produced by the sun is a dream that may come true sooner than expected. The conversion of hydrogen to helium in the sun offers solutions to Earth’s energy problems. Photo: The Age The long-held dream of producing power from nuclear fusion, the ultimate energy source, may ... Read More »

Fusion Power Is Close

Nanocomputer.com December 10, 2015 Fusion power is the Holy Grail of energy production – seen by some as a silver bullet for a carbon-neutral future. The failure of the multi-billion dollar ITER project to produce reactor relevant fusion has disappointed scientists and environmentalists. But a batch of small firms like Tokamak Energy believes they’re close to cracking the mystery. The ... Read More »

German plasma success raises nuclear fusion hopes

BBC 11 December 2015 The Wendelstein 7-X machine’s plasma – but nuclear fusion is still years away A German nuclear fusion experiment has produced a special super-hot gas which scientists hope will eventually lead to clean, cheap energy. The helium plasma – a cloud of loose, charged particles – lasted just a tenth of a second and was about one ... Read More »

German physicists see landmark in nuclear fusion quest

Phys.org December 10, 2015 Scientists on December 10, 2015 reported a landmark success at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Germany, where physicists generated a superheated helium plasma in a vacuum vessel for one-tenth of a second Scientists in Germany said Thursday they had reached a milestone in a quest to derive energy from nuclear fusion, billed as ... Read More »

A new fusion collaboration for MIT

MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, December 10, 2015 Members of the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center celebrate first operations of the world’s largest fusion experiment, Wendelstein 7-X. MIT collaborators (l-r) Eric Edlund, Professor Miklos Porkolab, Seung-Gyou Baek, and Jim Terry flank a graphic of the new Wendelstein 7-X stellarator. Photo: Paul Rivenberg Members of MIT’s Plasma Science and ... Read More »

The first plasma: the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device is now in operation

IPP December 10, 2015 A successful start with helium plasma / hydrogen plasma to follow at the beginning of 2016 On 10th December 2015 the first helium plasma was produced in the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald. After more than a year of technical preparations and tests, experimental operation has ... Read More »

Can fusion energy be achieved?

Thought Leader BERT OLIVIER November 30, 2015 Lev Grossman (“Star Power”, in Time, November 2, p. 24-33) calls fusion the “holy grail” of “the quest for clean energy”, and with good reason — it is as elusive as the proverbial unicorn in your garden (with apologies to James Thurber). By this I mean that, although scientists and technologists know what ... Read More »