Fusion News

How does fusion power ‘work,’ and will it ever be viable?

Extreme Tech By Graham Templeton on November 3, 2015 If we are to continue advancing as a species and consuming more and more power per person, then there are only two possible endpoints for human power production, and they’re both fusion. Either we figure out how to soak up and use a large portion of the energy falling on the ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion just got a boost with the arrival of this stellarator

Fox News By Michael Casey November 02, 2015 In November 2011 the interiour of Wendelstein 7-X was still open: Visible was the plasma vessel, one of the stellarator coils, a planar coil, part of the support structure and the cryostat together with a lot of cooling pipes and power supply lines. (IPP, Wolfgang Filser) Researchers could be one step closer ... Read More »

Testing the thermal tolerance of the fusion reactors of the future

Phys.org November 3, 2015 Oxford University researchers have developed a new method that makes it possible to study whether the deterioration of nuclear fusion reactor materials in the face of extreme radiation may cause catastrophic thermal failure. Nuclear fusion is an attractive option for creating sustainable energy, in principle using the same reactions found at the centre of stars to ... Read More »

Involuntary decarbonization

Watts Up with That November 2, 2015 by David Archibald China is aware that its coal is running out and that it needs new sources of energy. The rest of the world blunders along on the assumption that fossil fuels will remain plentiful. At a conference on coal gasification in Colorado Springs on 12th October, the lead speaker was Dr ... Read More »

The Case for Energy Abundance

Stanford Social Innovation Review by By Rachel Pritzker Quick: Is energy use good or bad? If you’re like most people, you probably answered that it’s bad. In recent decades, government policy, environmental advocacy, and popular culture have focused on an agenda of energy reduction; we are told to consume less energy (drive less, turn off the lights, buy local food), ... Read More »

Translational symmetry of high order tokamak flux surface shaping in gyrokinetics

Justin Ball, Felix I. Parra, and Michael Barnes Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3NP, United Kingdom Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon OX14 3DB, United Kingdom E-mail: Justin.Ball@physics.ox.ac.uk Abstract. A particular translational symmetry of the local nonlinear δf gyrokinetic model is demonstrated analytically and verified numerically. This symmetry shows that poloidally ... Read More »

General Fusion profiled for Time magazine cover story on fusion energy

Cantech Letter OCTOBER 30, 2015 BY TERRY DAWES General Fusion, a fusion reactor developer based in Burnaby, B.C., is one of several companies profiled for the cover feature of the November 2 issue of Time magazine, written by Lev Grossman, focusing on fusion energy with the headline “Unlimited Energy. For everyone. Forever. Fusion: It Might Actually Work This Time”. As ... Read More »

3 Billionaires Backing Nuclear Fusion Startups

Inc.com BY WILL YAKOWICZ Some iconic entrepreneurs have made big bets on companies trying to develop reactors that would produce massive amounts of clean energy. Getty Images Nuclear fusion holds the promise of clean, endless power for everything from cars to homes to entire cities. Unfortunately, after decades of research, government-funded scientists all over the world have failed to come ... Read More »

Start-Ups Take On Challenge of Nuclear Fusion

NY Times By DINO GRANDONIOCT. 25, 2015 Michl Binderbauer of Tri Alpha Energy, a fusion start-up. Credit Emily Berl for The New York Times A group of start-ups is promising a new and virtually unlimited source of power, one that produces none of the gases scientists say contribute to global warming. The only problem? A way to harness the energy ... Read More »

Stellar work

Economist Oct 24th 2015 Research into fusion has gone down a blind alley, but a means of escape may now be at hand IN THE winter of 1968 three British physicists went to Moscow to examine a machine called a tokamak. This fusion reactor was a newly devised competitor to America’s approach to fusion, known as the stellarator. The Russians ... Read More »

Modern Gyrokinetic Particle-In-Cell Simulation of Fusion Plasmas on Top Supercomputers

HGPU.org Bei Wang, Stephane Ethier, William Tang, Khaled Ibrahim, Kamesh Madduri, Samuel Williams, Leonid Oliker Princeton Institute of Computational Science and Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA arXiv:1510.05546 [cs.DC], (19 Oct 2015) The Gyrokinetic Toroidal Code at Princeton (GTC-P) is a highly scalable and portable particle-in-cell (PIC) code. It solves the 5D Vlasov-Poisson equation featuring efficient utilization of modern parallel ... Read More »

Abundant, affordable energy is (almost) within our grasp

Vancouver Sun BY RANDY SHORE OCTOBER 18, 2015 General Fusion takes a low-tech approach to a safe, clean form of nuclear energy Watch the video report on the Vancouver Sun web site. Burnaby’s General Fusion appears to inching close to a technology that could supply the world with abundant, clean energy from nuclear fusion. This is not the first time ... Read More »

Fusion Diagnostics Heat Up Across the US

Oak Ridge National Lab 22-Oct-2015 Teams are developing tools to monitor and control ITER plasma Newswise — ITER, the world’s largest tokamak now under construction in France, will have over 60 diagnostic systems installed to enable plasma control, optimize plasma performance, and support machine protection¬. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in collaboration with industry and universities, ... Read More »

The bizarre reactor that might save nuclear fusion

ScienceMag By Daniel Clery | 21 October 2015 If you’ve heard of fusion energy, you’ve probably heard of tokamaks. These doughnut-shaped devices are meant to cage ionized gases called plasmas in magnetic fields while heating them to the outlandish temperatures needed for hydrogen nuclei to fuse. Tokamaks are the workhorses of fusion—solid, symmetrical, and relatively straightforward to engineer—but progress with ... Read More »

Step into the nuclear future

GE Look Ahead at The Economist By GE Look ahead Posted October 18, 2015 What if fusion became commercial? Nuclear fusion, says Stephen Hawking, could “provide an inexhaustible supply of energy, without pollution or global warming”. The technology’s promises are many, but how would the arrival of commercial fusion affect the design of our energy system? The first thing to ... Read More »

Siemens to work on ITER fusion heating systems

The Engineer 14 October 2015 Siemens and Fusion for Energy (F4E) are collaborating on the heating systems for ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), the technology project hoping to validate fusion energy’s potential. F4E – the EU’s branch of ITER – will partner with Siemens to develop three units of equipment that will host power supplies for the Neutral Beam Injectors ... Read More »

Science writers visit MIT’s fusion experiment

MIT Paul Rivenberg | PSFC | October 14, 2015 In the control room, Dr. Bob Mumgaard demonstrates how the plasma in a glow discharge tube responds to magnetic fields. Fusion devices like MIT’s Alcator C-Mod tokamak use magnets to keep hot plasma contained and away from the walls of the device. Paul Rivenberg On the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend ... Read More »

Thapar University scientist to work on Dept of Atomic Energy nuclear fusion programme

Punjab News Express October 14, 2015 PATIALA : The Department of Atomic Energy has handpicked a Thapar University scientist to work on a prestigious nuclear fusion programme in collaboration with experts from the department’s Institute of Plasma Research. Dr Rana Pratap Yadav of the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Thapar University, Patiala, has been awarded a research grant of ... Read More »

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 »