Fusion News

MagLIF with DT cryo layer could achieve ten thousand times net gain nuclear fusion and it would be very good for fusion space propulsion

NextBigFuture.com The cheapest, smallest reactors will emerge from the so-called magneto-inertial fusion (MIF) parameter space. This physics regime is a hybrid between the low density magnetic confinement and beyond solid density inertial confinement. Many of the smallest proposed fusion propulsion systems are in fact MIF systems, consistent with this recent study. (The Case and Development Path for Fusion Propulsion by ... Read More »

Tough Questions for ITER’s New Director General, Bernard Bigot

By Alexander Hellemans 20 Mar 2015 Photo: Lydie Lecarpentier/REA/Redux When ITER, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, was launched in 1985, the plans called for a huge reactor that would demonstrate that the fusion of hydrogen atoms into helium atoms would be a source of unlimited energy. Its founding nations (Russia, the United States, Japan, and the EU (China and ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion, the ultimate clean energy

theForeigner Sunday, 22nd March, 2015 Fusion energy has been a dream for 60 years, but the future looks promising. Nuclear fusion is the joining of two or more atomic nuclei to form a new, distinct nucleus and in the process give off a very significant amount of energy. The energy given off does not contain any radioactive elements, so the ... Read More »

Scientists make breakthrough in understanding nuclear fusion

SAN DIEGO, March 15 (UPI) — Scientists from General Atomics and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have made a breakthrough in understanding nuclear fusion. They were attempting to figure out how to control potentially damaging heat bursts (ELMs) that regularly occur in a reactor. Researchers were able to use tiny magnetic fields to control the ... Read More »

Polywell Nuclear Fusion, Boston

BostonCommons.net When the head of the Atomic Energy Commission at the time, Lewis Strauss, infamously quipped in 1954 that electricity would become “too cheap to meter,” he was likely referring to nuclear fusion, not nuclear fission, the atom-splitting reaction that powers conventional nuclear power plants today. [1] I think that nuclear fission plant should be used as an example for ... Read More »

One giant leap for mankind: £13bn Iter project makes breakthrough in the quest for nuclear fusion, a solution to climate change and an age of clean, cheap energy

UK Independent An idyllic hilltop setting in the Cadarache forest of Provence in the south of France has become the site of an ambitious attempt to harness the nuclear power of the sun and stars. It is the place where 34 nations representing more than half the world’s population have joined forces in the biggest scientific collaboration on the planet ... Read More »

Apple’s annual profits could pay for fusion

At Scienceogram, we’re used to looking at massive numbers in the context of government spending. However, this week the most talked-about figure has come from the world of commerce: Apple’s record-breaking profits. The firm announced that the popularity of the iPhone 6 had contributed to quarterly profits of $18bn, or around £12bn, the largest ever recorded for a public company. ... Read More »

An interview with ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot

ITER 06 March 2015 “We are now entering into manufacturing and preparations for assembly,” says Bernard Bigot. “This new phase requires a new organization—one tailored to meet these two major challenges, because what we have to deliver now is both a research and an industrial facility.” © L.Godart/CEA An academic, scientist and high-level civil servant who “has always been concerned ... Read More »

French nuclear expert to lead ITER to construction phase

E&T Magazine 6 March 2015 By Tereza Pultarova French nuclear energy expert Bernard Bigot was appointed ITER’s new Director General [Credit: ITER] French nuclear energy expert Bernard Bigot has been appointed the new Director General of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) as the project moves from the design to construction phase after years of delays. Bigot, previously a chairman ... Read More »

Can Nuclear Fusion save the world?

TokamakTales by Ailsa Sparkes, Friday, 27 February 2015 When some of the graduates went to the KIT summer school on Fusion technologies last year (see blog post here), David Ward from CCFE gave a talk entitled ‘Future Energy and the Role for Fusion’. As well as leading CCFE’s Power Plant Technology Unit, David works at the Oxford Institute for Energy ... Read More »

The quest for nuclear fusion

With its promise of virtually unlimited clean energy, nuclear fusion has long been a goal of physicists. With the enormous ITER experimental reactor under construction in the south of France, Antony Funnell takes a look at the feasibility of replicating the Sun here on Earth. ABC Future Tense Wednesday 25 February 2015 Antony Funnell IMAGE: AN AERIAL PHOTO OF THE ... Read More »

Energy transition series – Nuclear fusion: the road from dream to reality is long, very long!

Paris Tech February 23rd, 2015 Rising energy consumption round the world, rarefaction of fossil energy sources, climate change, the necessary reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions… The development of new and renewable energy sectors, emitting few or zero GHGs has become primordial. Faced with this inevitable energy transition phase, nuclear fusion could be justified, provided we can prove its feasibility, ... Read More »

Smaller fusion reactors could deliver big gains

physicsworld.com Feb 16, 2015 Hot topic: size may not be everything in tokamak design Researchers from the UK firm Tokamak Energy say that future fusion reactors could be made much smaller than previously envisaged – yet still deliver the same energy output. That claim is based on calculations showing that the fusion power gain – a measure of the ratio ... Read More »

Lockheed Martin’s 100 MW Compact Fusion Nuclear Reactor

IHS Global Spec Roger Pink, Ph.D., 16 December 2014 A Lockheed Martin Skunk Works team is working on a compact fusion reactor (CFR) that could be developed and deployed in as little as 10 years. The lead scientist on the project, Thomas McGuire, said in an October 15 press release that the company’s compact fusion concept “combines several alternative magnetic ... Read More »

Are mini fusion power plants possible?

Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics October 23, 2014 Lockheed Martin’s compact reactor concept / fusion drives for aircraft and trucks? The magnetic coils inside of the compact fusion experiment are critical to plasma containment. Photo: Lockheed Martin Building a small, transportable fusion power plant has long been a dream of fusion researchers. In the course of their research, however, ... Read More »

The Bridge to Fusion: 4 Advanced Nuclear Fission Technologies

Popular Mechanics Thorium This radioactive metal is three to four times more common than uranium, and, unlike uranium, it doesn’t generate weapons-grade nuclear material after it’s burned in a reactor. (The United Stated experimented with thorium reactors as early as the 1950s, before the element lost out to uranium.) Virginia-based Lightbridge aims to capitalize on thorium’s potential by marketing a ... Read More »

The MFTF-B story – Fusion or conFusion?

Last Tech Age 2013/03/26 The $1 billion MFTF-B fusion experiment was built, then dismantled before it was turned on — our first sign of the politicization of fusion. Energy independence should be an issue important to everyone. Instead, it has been a political issue in and out of the news for many years. MFTF-B was a fusion test facility, built ... Read More »

Fusion Energy – Kill the beast

the Last Tech Age 2012/02/29 Fusion research will yield nothing if current U.S. “starve research” policy is continued. Fusion development must fail under this self justifying strategy. The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory got all its parameters lined up in a row and fired away. Their target did not implode to an ignited state as they ... Read More »

Tech firm aims to ‘save the world’ with nuclear reactor

The Globe and Mail Last updated Thursday, Feb. 05 2015, 10:46 AM EST Michel Laberge, the founder and chief scientist of General Fusion, sits in front of a prototype fusion reactor built at General Fusion in Burnaby. (BEN NELMS/REUTERS) General Fusion’s plan to rescue Earth from the calamity of global warming involves an ironic feat of physics: How to make ... Read More »

Successful Development of a New Catalyst for Efficiently Collecting Tritium in Nuclear Fusion Reactors

Japan Atomic Energy Agency January 08, 2015 Japan Atomic Energy Agency Tanaka Precious Metals Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd. – World Record efficiency achieved; this breakthrough is predicted to solve nuclear fusion reactor technological issues – [Key achievements] Establishment of a method of manufacturing a new catalyst for collecting tritium required for nuclear fusion reactor fuel. World’s highest tritium exchange efficiency, ... Read More »

Introduction and update on ITER

The world’s most powerful countries are collaborating on the ITER project (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) in France. The $20 billion facility will heat gas to 150 million degrees in an attempt to create a nuclear fusion reaction when it becomes fully operational in 2027. Read More »

Nuclear Fusion Power

World Nuclear Association (Updated October 2014) Fusion power offers the prospect of an almost inexhaustible source of energy for future generations, but it also presents so far insurmountable scientific and engineering challenges. The main hope is centred on tokamak reactors which confine a deuterium-tritium plasma magnetically. Today, many countries take part in fusion research to some extent, led by the ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion: an answer to China’s energy problems?

chinadialogue.net Olivia Boyd 12.02.2013 China could lead the way to a clean and boundless energy supply – if it can ever be made to work. Scientist Steven Cowley talks to chinadialogue. A nuclear fusion display in the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Fusion could one day meet 25% of the world’s energy needs, says Steven Cowley. (Image by kpfellows) The ... Read More »

How viable is nuclear fusion as an energy source? – podcast

the Guardian Are scientific and industrial ideas about commercial nuclear fusion reactors in the near future just wishful thinking? Download the podcast At Iter in the south of France, seven international partners have pooled their financial and scientific resources to build the biggest fusion reactor in history. Their aim is to resolve critical scientific and technical issues, and take fusion ... Read More »

Jaeyoung Park Explains EMC2 Progress On Bussard Fusion

newenergyandfuel.com January 27, 2015 Jaeyoung Park, Chief Scientist at EMC2 presented the team’s work to date and explored the level of what’s needed to continue research to a net power electrostatic nuclear fusion reactor. EMC2 WB-8 Lab in San Diego. Image Credit Jseyoung Park, University of Wisconsin. The presentation was given at the 16th U.S. Japan 2014 Workshop. This link ... Read More »

When you wish upon a star: nuclear fusion and the promise of a brighter tomorrow

The Guardian by Alok Jha Jan. 25, 2015 The construction site at Saint-Paul-lez-Durance: when the reactor building is complete, it will rise some 60 metres into the air and reach 10 metres below the ground. The countryside of Saint-Paul-lez-Durance in Provence is a serene terrain of thickly wooded hills. On chilly January mornings, the air becomes thick with mist and ... Read More »

First ‘exceptional load’ delivered to Iter

world-nuclear-news.org The first of some 250 “exceptional loads” has been delivered to the construction site of the Iter fusion reactor project at Cadarache in southern France. The high-voltage transformer was manufactured in South Korea. The transformer begins its voyage by barge from Fos-sur-Mer across the Gulf of Fos, through the Canal de Caronte, and finally across the inland sea of ... Read More »

Why It’s Taking The U.S. So Long To Make Fusion Energy Work

Huffington Post by Dino Grandoni 01/20/2015 A researcher examines the National Spherical Torus Experiment. PLAINSBORO, N.J. — Hidden in the woods two miles from Princeton University’s main campus sits a drab white building easily mistakable for a warehouse. Inside is one of the Ivy League school’s most expensive experiments: a 22-foot-tall metal spheroid surrounded by Crayola-colored magnets. About half a ... Read More »

Energy’s Holy Grail? You can find it at Redmond’s Helion Energy

Crosscut.com By John Stang The local firm says it will soon be able to harness the same mechanism that powers the sun to bring Washington a cleaner energy future. The glass ampule of water is the length of your little finger, only narrower. HELION’S “GRANDE” FUSION DEVICE. Photo: Helion Energy That single gram of deuterium-laced water has the potential to ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion has advanced one more step

alternative-energies.net Bombarding the hydrogen pellet with 192 lasers Humanity tries since a few decades already, to harness the power of the Sun through nuclear fusion because this resource is clean, safe and unlimited. Scientists at California’s Lawrence Livermore National Lab announced that for the first time they made a significant breakthrough in this matter. They actually achieved diffusion reaction which ... Read More »

Smaller, faster experimentation seen at PSFC under Whyte

MIT News January 16, 2015 Peter Dunn, MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering Dennis Whyte, director of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center and professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT. Photo: Susan Young Dennis Whyte, professor of nuclear science and engineering, began pursuing fusion energy research at MIT in 2006, attracted in large part by the opportunity ... Read More »

Critics attack new 10-year US fusion plan

physicsworld.com Constraining budgets: The ITER site A new report that seeks to map out US priorities in fusion research over the next 10 years has received scathing reviews from American fusion researchers. The report was commissioned by the US Department of Energy (DOE), which asked its Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) to come up with a 10-year plan under ... Read More »

Can Nuclear Fusion Save the Planet?

triplepundit.com Michael Kourabas | Thursday November 13th, 2014 Nuclear fusion’s tenuous future as a reliable energy source is perhaps best illustrated by the history of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project. The project is under construction (here the round shape of the future Tokamak is now apparent in June 2013) and should be turned on within a decade. Our ... Read More »

‘Skunk power’ creates confusion over nuclear fusion

BBC by Matt McGrath, Nov. 24, 2014 Lockheed Martin is working on a device that could become a compact fusion reactor Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is doing its best to shatter my favourite science cliche. “Nuclear fusion is just 30 years away – and always will be.” The advanced projects team at Lockheed, known as Skunk Works, has unveiled a ... Read More »

National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) Getting $94M Upgrade

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory The National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX), which is undergoing a $94 million upgrade that will make it the most powerful experimental fusion facility, or tokamak, of its type in the world when work is completed. Experiments will test the ability of the upgraded spherical facility to maintain a high-performance plasma under conditions of extreme heat and ... 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 »

How close are we to a nuclear fusion reactor?

Materials World Magazine Author : Eoin Redahan 01 Dec 2014 Sandia National Laboratories The idea of nuclear fusion appears otherworldly. Here is a carbon emissions-free process that produces four times more power than nuclear fission. The waste can eventually be disposed of safely, and the fuel sources – deuterium and tritium – are abundant. But after 60 years of nuclear ... Read More »

Inside the Dynomak: A Fusion Technology Cheaper Than Coal

Modifying the most common type of experimental reactor might finally make fusion power feasible By Evan Ackerman Posted 26 Nov 2014 | 16:00 GMT Photo: Michelle Ma/University of Washington Helicity Hero: A trio of “magnetic helicity injectors” are the key to the University of Washington’s HIT-SI3 fusion experiment. Fusion power has many compelling arguments in its favor. It doesn’t produce ... Read More »

Fusion Energy: Hope or Hype?

By David Bailey and Jonathan Borwein, Huffington Post David H. Bailey Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (retired) and University of California, Davis Jonathan M. Borwein Laureate Professor of Mathematics, University of Newcastle, Australia The IPCC Report’s Warning The latest draft edition of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report bluntly warns that business-as-usual increases in greenhouse-gas emissions will cause ... Read More »

false dawns

Hermit Abroad OCTOBER 28, 2014 To anyone worried about climate change the announcement by Lockheed Martin that it is developing a fusion reactor that will be ready for market within ten years could be seen as a cause for hope. Though I’ve yearned for this development for years, now I’m not so sure. Our technologies are causing ecological degradation and ... Read More »

Viewpoint: Magnetic Fields Lock in the Heat for Fusion

By Riccardo Betti on Physics Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester NY 14627, USA Published October 14, 2014 | Physics 7, 105 (2014) | DOI: 10.1103/Physics.7.105 Sandia researchers demonstrate that magnetic fields help retain heat in an imploding pellet of fuel, increasing the number of fusion reactions. Experimental Demonstration of Fusion-Relevant Conditions ... Read More »

Low-Cost Fusion Project Steps Out of the Shadows and Looks for Money

From NBC News A hush-hush nuclear fusion project that’s received $12 million from the U.S. Navy is now sharing what it calls encouraging results — and looking for private investment. For years, EMC2 Fusion Development Corp. has had to conduct its research into what’s known as Polywell fusion outside public view because the Navy wanted it that way. Now the ... Read More »

Lockheed Martin’s Fusion Energy Reactor Design Criticized, But U.S. Nuclear Power Plans Also Called ‘Unsatisfactory’

From Inquisitr Lockheed Martin’s fusion energy reactor design is drawing some heat from other scientists, although heat is said to be precisely the problem. But the Skunk Works team is not alone in receiving criticism since other U.S. fusion energy plans are being considering “unsatisfactory” by a meeting of peers. In a related report by The Inquisitr, Lockheed Martin claims ... Read More »

Scientists Are Bashing Lockheed Martin’s Nuclear Fusion ‘Breakthrough’

Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor at PPPL. From Business Insider Researchers at Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Skunk Works, announced on Wednesday their ongoing work on a new technology that could bring about functional nuclear reactors powered by fusion in the next 10 years. But most scientists and science communicators we talked to are skeptical of the claim. “The nuclear engineering clearly fails ... Read More »

Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details

Lockheed Martin aims to develop compact reactor prototype in five years, production unit in 10 Guy Norris | Aviation Week & Space Technology Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s ... Read More »

Washington State University fusion reactor concept could be cheaper than coal

From the University of Washington by Michelle Ma This announcement was also published at Phys.org Fusion energy almost sounds too good to be true – zero greenhouse gas emissions, no long-lived radioactive waste, a nearly unlimited fuel supply. The UW’s current fusion experiment, HIT-SI3. It is about one-tenth the size of the power-producing dynomak concept.U of Washington The UW’s current ... Read More »

Does Lockheed Martin Really Have a Breakthrough Fusion Machine?

MIT Technology Review By David Talbot on October 20, 2014 Lockheed Martin says it will have a small fusion reactor prototype in five years but offers no data. The interior of Lockheed Martin’s fusion reactor shows a series of rings used to create magnetic fields that confine plasma. Lockheed Martin’s announcement last week that it had secretly developed a promising ... Read More »

Russia develops hybrid fusion-fission reactor, offers China role

RT Oct.17, 2014 The view of the Kurchatov Institute National Research Center, Moscow.(RIA Novosti / Alexey Kudenko) / RIA Novosti Russia is developing a hybrid nuclear reactor that uses both nuclear fusion and fission, said head of leading nuclear research facility. The project is open for international collaboration, particularly from Chinese scientists. A hybrid nuclear reactor is a sort of ... Read More »