Fusion News

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 »

Initial testing of the Wendelstein 7-X magnetic field – it’s spot on!

IPP July 16, 2015 Closed flux surfaces verified / requirements for stellerator operation confirmed Testing of the magnetic field in the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device was completed sooner than planned. The measurements, which were much anticipated at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, show: The superconducting magnetic coils, whose technical tests were completed only last week (see ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion is Ideal. But How Real?

Spark Ken Silverstein The science first must be conquered, then the costs. Can nuclear fusion become a reality within a decade, at least for small-scale projects? That’s the aim of Lockheed Martin, which says that its truck-sized reactor has the potential to develop safe and abundant power that could solve the issue of climate change. Nuclear fusion has the potential ... Read More »

Iran’s Plans to Develop Nuclear Fusion Project

Khorasan News Sunday 5 July 2015 Says Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Dr. Ali Akbar Salehi in Interview . . Nuclear Fusion Project is one of the most important and strategic projects that have been well developed by Iranian researchers in recent years in Nuclear Sciences and Techniques Research Center of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, along with the world’s ... Read More »

Going Nuclear: The Fusion Race Is Heating Up. Will Anyone Cross the Finish Line?

Recode BY JAMES TEMPLE July 1, 2015 Tom McGuire, head of fusion efforts in Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works division A growing number of private players like Lockheed Martin and Helion Energy believe they can commercialize fusion energy within a decade, promising a carbon-free energy source with effectively limitless fuel. But there’s considerable skepticism in the scientific community that these upstarts ... Read More »

Scientists propose an enhanced new model of the source of a mysterious barrier to fusion known as the ‘density limit’

Phys.org Magnetic island geometry showing the asymmetry effect that is crucial in determining the mechanism for the density limit. Reprinted with permission from Phys. Plasmas 22, 022514 (2015). Credit: Copyright 2015 AIP Publishing LLC. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have developed a detailed model of the source of a puzzling limitation on ... Read More »

Breakthroughs that Could Make Nuclear Fusion Sustainable

al fin next level 22 June, 2015 On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, Dr. Dennis Whyte, the Director of the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center showed that a series of scientific and engineering breakthroughs could enable fusion to become a feasible a power source faster and cheaper than anyone had thought possible. These technological breakthroughs were not originally developed for ... Read More »

Magnetic mirror holds promise for fusion

ARS Technica by Chris Lee – Jun 22, 2015 Traditionally, magnetic confinement of plasmas involves a toroidal shape. Once upon a time, I worked at a research institute that was, for the most part, devoted to nuclear fusion. Although I was never involved myself, two things impressed me about the research. The first was the pure difficulty facing researchers: there ... Read More »

Fusion researchers use Titan supercomputer to burst helium bubbles

phys.org Jun 10, 2015 by Eric Gedenk Using their ParRep method on the Titan supercomputer, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers were able to simulate the surface morphology for helium bubbles growing inside of a fusion reactor’s divertor wall for two different growth stages. The combination of Titan and the ParRep method completed simulations in 30 minutes that would have taken ... Read More »

Controlling energy flow and loss in a turbulent plasma through helicity

University of Edinburgh June 8, 2015 Fresh theoretical understanding of the behaviour of turbulent plasmas could inform potential applications, from tokamak fusion reactors to new understanding of magnetic fields in cosmology. Researchers at the School of Physics & Astronomy have developed a new mathematical description of the energy flow of a turbulent plasma, and how the loss of energy from ... Read More »

Nuclear war on the Hill

Politico Boer Deng June, 2015 Fusion research splits the House and Senate. Why? Because, er… science. On a patch of land in Saint-Paul-les-Durance, in the South of France, cranes recently installed two massive electrical fixtures, industrial gray and 87 tons each — the first components of a plant that will house the world’s biggest scientific project. If it succeeds, the ... Read More »

Nuclear physics: Pull together for fusion

nature.com by Bernard Bigot, 09 June 2015 ITER director-general Bernard Bigot explains how he will strengthen leadership and management to refocus the project’s aim of harnessing nuclear fusion. Ten years ago this month, China, the European Union, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States agreed on the location for the world’s largest nuclear-fusion experiment: ITER, the International Thermonuclear Experimental ... Read More »

Rays of Hope: Fringe Fusion Ventures Take Small Steps Toward Energy Leap

NBC ALAN BOYLE, JUN 5 2015 University of Washington researchers will attempt to create a self-sustained and controlled fusion reaction with a scaled-up version of this Z-pinch device. Photo: UW Multibillion-dollar projects are slowly moving ahead on the nuclear fusion frontier, but less traditional efforts to harness the power that fuels the sun say they’re making progress as well. In ... Read More »

New U.S. DOE Breakthrough Could Simplify Tokamak Design for Fusion Energy

Environews Emerson Urry, June 2, 2015 (EnviroNews World News) — Princeton, New Jersey — Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), an arm of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), reported a breakthrough in fusion energy science on June 1, 2015, with the simulation of “plasmoids” in a tokamak-like environment. It was also reported by PPPL that the breakthrough ... Read More »

Under new leadership, the long hunt for emission-free fusion energy rumbles on

EE Publishing, LLC Umair Irfan, Monday, June 1, 2015 CADARACHE, France — In a polished warehouse spanning two football fields, a half-dozen wood-paneled crates along a wall patiently await unpacking in the cavernous, empty building. The lonely crates are a small sign of progress in the world’s most ambitious energy experiment. They house spools of metal that, when cooled to ... Read More »

York Plasma Institute Postgraduate Opportunities Event

University of York, Dept. of Physics, UK University of York, Tuesday 18 June 2015 If you are thinking of a PhD or MSc degree, have you thought about fusion energy research? Fusion is the process that powers the stars and, in particular, our own star, the Sun. If we can achieve fusion here on earth, then the world’s energy problem ... Read More »

Mystery company blazes a trail in fusion energy

Science By Daniel Clery, 2 June 2015 TOKAMAK/CREATIVE COMMONS Fusion reactor relies on a “field-reversed configuration”: a smoke ring of plasma that holds itself together with its own magnetic field. Of the handful of startup companies trying to achieve fusion energy via nontraditional methods, Tri Alpha Energy Inc. has always been the enigma. Publishing little and with no website, but ... Read More »

Quotes of the day on fusion reactors, From Bill McDonough to Elon Musk

treehugger.com Lloyd Alter May 4, 2015 In his keynote announcing the Powerwall, Elon Musk made a quip that sounded familiar: We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the sun, you don’t have to do anything, it just works. It shows up every day. It’s a great line. Others have said pretty much the same thing in different ... Read More »

The new shape of fusion

ScienceMag Daniel Clery | 21 May 2015 A plasma glows inside MAST, a spherical tokamak. ITER, the international fusion reactor being built in France, will stand 10 stories tall, weigh three times as much as the Eiffel Tower, and cost its seven international partners $18 billion or more. The result of decades of planning, ITER will not produce fusion energy ... Read More »

A little drop will do it: Tiny grains of lithium can dramatically improve the performance of fusion plasmas (Nuclear Fusion)

Princeton Journal Watch May 22, 2015 Left: DIII-D tokamak. Right: Cross-section of plasma in which lithium has turned the emitted light green. (Credits: Left, General Atomics / Right, Steve Allen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) By Raphael Rosen, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Scientists from General Atomics and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have discovered a ... Read More »

Star Power: Troubled ITER nuclear fusion project looks for new path

Economic Times, Times of India By AFP | 22 May, 2015 Technicians work at the construction site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) on May 18, 2015 in Saint­Paul­les­Durance, southern France. SAINT-PAUL-LES-DURANCE, FRANCE: In 1985, then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and US president Ronald Reagan launched one of the unlikeliest ideas of the Cold War. Under it, the Soviet ... Read More »

General Fusion raises another $27 million to advance its reactor concept

CanadianBusiness.com May 20, 2015 Latest funding round brings total investment in the Burnaby, B.C.-based energy company to more than $100 million General Fusion plasma injector at the company’s Burnaby, B.C. facility. (General Fusion) Canadian alternative energy company General Fusion has just completed its largest round of fundraising to date, in the amount of $27 million. The new funding, led by ... Read More »

Malaysian Govt Invests $27M in Bezos Backed “General Fusion” of Canada

Raw Science May 20, 2015 The Malaysian government invested ($27M) in General Fusion, the largest fusion energy program in Canada. General Fusion was established in 2002 to create power from nuclear fusion which happens when atoms release energy when merged together and lose mass. The company has $100M total raised in investment. According to Business in Vancouver, CEO Nathan Gilliland ... Read More »

Malaysian government invests in Burnaby fusion energy company

Vancouver Metro News Emily Jackson, May 18 2015 Malaysia’s state-owned energy company may be dragging its feet when it comes to investing in B.C.’s liquefied natural gas industry, but the country is bankrolling another type of energy being developed in the province. The Malaysian government’s strategic investment fund was the largest investor in the latest $27-million round of funding for ... Read More »

Dr. Scott Hsu of Los Alamos National Laboratory Applying for ARPA-E funding for Fusion Energy Project

December 26, 2014 Dr. Scott Hsu, Tom Tamarkin, & Jeremy Tamarkin flanked by two un-identified LANL project scientists, in Los Alamos National Laboratory PJMIF lab in front of experimental rector vessel. Scott Hsu, Ph.D., of Los Alamos National Laboratory (P-24 Plasma Physics Group) has been encouraged by ARPA-E (under Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-00011841) to submit a proposal for funding to ... Read More »

Fusion Energy Discussed at Nuclear Hearing

American Security Project Posted By Philip Rossetti on May 13, 2015 On Wednesday May 13th the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing on “Nuclear Energy Innovation and the National Labs.” The focus of the hearing was the government’s role in coordinating and funding national labs advancement of nuclear energy technology. Fusion research was ... Read More »

Iran Working on Fusion

Iran News Agency Tehran, May 5, IRNA – Head Iran’s Nuclear Fusion Research Center reiterated here on Tuesday that the nuclear fusion science has been made indigenous in Iran today and achieving any objective in the field is possible now. The Vice President and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and a group of ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion science made indigenous in Iran

Iran News Agency Tehran, May 5, IRNA – Head Iran’s Nuclear Fusion Research Center reiterated here on Tuesday that the nuclear fusion science has been made indigenous in Iran today and achieving any objective in the field is possible now. The Vice President and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and a group of ... Read More »

An improvement to the global standard for modeling fusion plasmas

PPPL.gov By Raphael Rosen, April 27, 2015 Schematic of NSTX tokamak at PPPL with a cross-section showing perturbations of the plasma profiles caused by instabilities. Without instabilities, energetic particles would follow closed trajectories and stay confined inside the plasma (blue orbit). With instabilities, trajectories can be modified and some particles may eventually be pushed out of the plasma boundary and ... Read More »

The Politics of Power: Inside the International Fusion Energy Project

Bric Plus News BY VASILY KOLEDOV. APRIL 24, 2015 On first look, the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) might just look like a lab, but the work happening inside will change the future of humanity forever. Its aim? To create energy, efficient energy that will never run out. Energy that will power our homes and drive our cars cheaply. ... Read More »

China completes large nuclear fusion device, says it is catching up with US

China Daily Mail BY CHANKAIYEE2 ⋅ APRIL 18, 2015 China’s new nuclear fusion device The following is based on translations from Chinese media: Nuclear fusion is at the forefront of high technology. It will enable the human race to generate more than enough energy without using fossil fuel However, it is very difficult to control such fusion. As a result, ... Read More »

The stellarator renaissance

iter newsline Apr 15 2011 W 7-X aims at producing 30 minute pulses, a duration that is limited only by the cooling power of the installation. © Anja Richter-Ullmann Stellarators are like a bright kid who never got a first chance. The device that astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer invented in 1952 is at the origin of magnetic fusion research. It reigned ... Read More »

Scientists use plasma shaping to control turbulence in stellarators

Phys.org Oct 13, 2014 by John Greenwald Magnetic field strength in a turbulence-optimized stellarator design. Regions with the highest strength are shown in yellow. Credit: PPPL Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and the Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics in Germany have devised a new method for minimizing turbulence in bumpy donut-shaped experimental ... Read More »

Work starts on Iter central solenoid

World Nuclear News 15 April 2015 Fabrication of the central solenoid of the Iter fusion project has been started by the USA’s General Atomics (GA). The solenoid – due for delivery in 2019 – will be one of the largest superconducting electromagnets ever built. The fabrication hall for the Iter central solenoid (Image: Iter) The central solenoid – measuring 18 ... Read More »

India to set up its own mini N-fusion reactor

Times of India Prashant Rupera,TNN | Apr 1, 2015 VADODARA: Nuclear energy production in India is set to get a major boost with the department of atomic energy (DAE) giving nod to set up the country’s own thermo-nuclear fusion reactor. India is presently one of the seven partner countries in world’s biggest energy research project – the ITER – that ... Read More »

Anne White accepts the fusion challenge

MIT News Peter Dunn | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering | March 23, 2015 Anne White, the Cecil and Ida Green Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering Photo: Susan Young Engineering professor undertakes innovative research in reactor design while working toward the realization of nuclear fusion. Anne White has always relished challenges. As an undergraduate, she was fascinated ... Read More »

ITER nuclear fusion project

The Greens European Free Alliance 24.03.2015 MEPs’ concerns with ITER budget underline need to pull the plug The European Parliament’s lead budgetary control committee refused to recommend granting a discharge (1) to the EU budget line for the ITER nuclear fusion project in a vote yesterday evening. The report voted by the committee highlighted concerns with cost overruns, delays and ... Read More »

On the power and size of tokamak fusion pilot plants and reactors

A.E. Costley, J. Hugill and P.F. Buxton © 2015 IAEA, Vienna Received 14 July 2014, accepted for publication 14 November 2015 Published 28 January 2015 Contents Abstract Introduction System code Dependence of Qfus on plasma and device parameters Impact of beta-independent scaling Implications for the design of pilot plants and reactors Summary and conclusions Abstract It is generally accepted that ... Read More »