Fusion News

Could Canadian fusion power be in play by 2030?

Business in Vancouver By Nelson Bennett | Jan. 24, 2017 Universities rally around B.C. company in push for national fusion energy strategy, funding General Fusion founder Michel Laberge with the company’s mini-sphere compression system prototype. Laberge earned a plasma physics degree at UBC, which no longer has a plasma physics program. | rob kruyt In 1944, Canadian scientists began working ... Read More »

Is alluring but elusive fusion energy possible in our lifetime?

PBS | January 18, 2017 JUDY WOODRUFF: But first: the hunt to create fusion energy. While many people remain worried about pursuing further development of nuclear power, some researchers believe nuclear fusion could hold the key to clean and plentiful energy. There have been many false starts before, but some scientists see real reason for hope that this path will ... Read More »

Fusion Energy; Too Important To Fail – Too Big To Hoard

By: Tom D. Tamarkin Jan. 20, 2017 Proposal for privately funded fusion energy experimental science, R&D leading to commercialization Abstract The world will soon face an energy crisis of monumental proportions which many ignore. By 2050 we must significantly increase total energy production or face a need for worldwide redistribution of wealth and energy allocation coupled with population reduction. The ... Read More »

Brandon Sorbom: Designing a fusion future

PFSC Paul Rivenberg | PSFC | January 18, 2017 “I was interested in clean energy. In a physics textbook, on literally the last page, they made a reference to fusion, ‘the power source of the future.’ I was intrigued and decided to find out more.” Brandon Sorbom, Graduate Student, PSFC Lillie Paquette / MIT School of Engineering When Brandon Sorbom ... Read More »

The World Needs Nuclear Fusion Energy Breakthrough or Else

Industry Tap David Russell Schilling | January 17th, 2017 Nuclear Fusion (Image Courtesy Wikimedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Deuterium_Ionized.JPG#/media/File:Deuterium_Ionized.JPG) While the world continues to discover new sources of oil and natural gas, some of the signs of peak oil, such as Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar oilfield reaching its peak, continue to put a damper on future expectations for oil-based economies . IndustryTap has written a ... Read More »

EUROfusion welcomes Ukraine into the family

EuroFusion 16th January 2017 Representatives from Euratom, the European Commission and EUROfusion visited the QSPA plasma accelerator in 2015 . “Joining EUROfusion and establishment of Ukrainian Research Unit is an important milestone for our fusion community and we expect further fruitful joint work within EUROfusion Roadmap,” Igor Garkusha, Kharkov Institute for Physics and Technology (KIPT), Ukraine Research Unit Head. As ... Read More »

Simulation of a fusion plasma blob with 1 billion particles

Fusion Group January 16, 2017 by Xavier Sáez Researchers at the National Institute of Fusion Science (NIFS) succeeded for the first time in the world in conducting a micro-level simulation of a plasma blob in the “edge region” of the plasma. This simulation ran on the Plasma Simulator supercomputer, which is dedicated exclusively to plasma and fusion science use. To ... Read More »

An Intensive Analysis of Lockheed-Martins’ Fusion Effort

by Matthew Moynihan, Ph.D. DECEMBER 11, 2016 Lockheed Martin Compact Fusion Reactor Concept, Confinement Model and T4B Experiment (PDF Poster) This article was written over a few weeks in November and December of 2016. As always, the best way to read this is on PDF – so I encourage you to download this. The article is not perfect, but nothing ... Read More »

Siberian Physicists Ready for Next Step Toward Inexpensive Nuclear Energy

Sputnik News 03.01.2017 Plasma studies facilities at Institute for Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk Scientists of the Siberia-based Institute of nuclear physics (INP) are planning to complete the first stage of their work on the development of an alternative fusion reactor, a project which is considerably more commercially attractive than the international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER). Scientists Study Materials for Future Fusion ... Read More »

Fusion Research: Time to Set a New Path

issues.org 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 issues. Over time, new ... Read More »

Tokamak is ready to test ITER’s internal components

Phys.org December 16, 2016 View of the WEST vacuum chamber with its new configuration and the ITER prototypes of plasma-facing components lit by the technician. Credit: CEA/C. Roux/CEA Cadarache, 22 November 2016 On 14 December 2016, the WEST tokamak produced its first plasma, reflecting the success of the operations carried out since 2013 on the CEA nuclear fusion reactor. Now ... Read More »

Korean nuclear fusion reactor takes step forward for commercialization

Korean Herald 2016-12-15 An experimental nuclear fusion reactor in South Korea has achieved a world record of 70 seconds in high-performance plasma operation, taking a step forward in commercializing a nuclear fusion reaction to produce electricity, researchers said Thursday. Unlike light and heavy water nuclear reactors, which are widely used for now, a nuclear fusion reaction provides safer electricity as ... Read More »

Fusion Reactor Materials Analyzed at the Nanoscale

MEPhl National Research Nuclear University (Russia) Dec. 6, 2016 MEPhI scientists have figured out how the change of nanostructure of materials for energy reactors of the future will affect their plasticity, heat resistance and other important properties. Currently, one of the most promising areas in nuclear power are the development of new fast reactors and the creation of a workable ... Read More »

Korean fusion reactor achieves record plasma

WNN 14 December 2016 The Korean Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) tokamak-type nuclear fusion reactor has achieved a world record of 70 seconds in high-performance plasma operation, South Korea’s National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI) has announced. The KSTAR tokamak (Image: NFRI) The institute, based at Daejeon, 160 km south of Seoul, said a fully non-inductive operation mode – called a ... Read More »

‘Star in a Jar’ Fusion Reactor Works and Promises Infinite Energy

seeker.com Dec 7, 2016 New tests verify that Germany’s Wendelstein 7-X fusion energy device is on track to safely suspend plasma in magnetic fields. For several decades now, scientists from around the world have been pursuing a ridiculously ambitious goal: They hope to develop a nuclear fusion reactor that would generate energy in the same manner as the sun and ... Read More »

Magnetic reconnection research sheds light on explosive phenomena in astrophysics and fusion experiments

PPPL By John Greenwald | December 8, 2016 Challenging process that occurs throughout the universe now better understood (Photo by Elle Starkman/Office of Communications; photo courtesy of University of Wisconsin-Madison) Physicists Masaaki Yamada and Ellen Zweibel Scientists are closer than ever to unraveling a process called magnetic reconnection that triggers explosive phenomena throughout the universe. Solar flares, northern lights and ... Read More »

Plasma guns fire into the race for fusion

Dr. Scott Hsu and Dr. F. Douglas Witherspoon Developing a cheaper, faster pathway to economical fusion power Dr. Scott Hsu is a fusion physics research scientist interested in obtaining cost efficient, clean energy for the world. His work, pursued with Dr. F. Douglas Witherspoon and others, focuses on plasma-implosion research for an alternate-fusion approach. Read the full article here Read More »

China one step closer to harnessing clean, limitless energy from nuclear fusion

South China Morning Post | Thursday, 08 December, 2016 China acknowledged as global leader in the field and world’s only nation increasing funding into research to draw energy from ‘artificial sun’ On a quiet, scenic peninsula jutting out into Hefei’s Dongpu Reservoir, physicists recently set a world record, creating hydrogen plasma, hotter than the core of the sun, that burned ... Read More »

Synopsis: Starting Fluid for Laser Fusion

Physics December 7, 2016 A laser-based fusion experiment demonstrates that liquid fuel capsules could rectify problems encountered with ice-based fuel capsules. Don Jedlovec/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory The strategy of inertial confinement fusion (ICF) is to use high-power lasers to rapidly heat and compress a hydrogen fuel capsule. The fuel is typically frozen, but new work suggests that a liquid state ... Read More »

PPPL and Max Planck physicists confirm the precision of magnetic fields in the most advanced stellarator in the world

PPPL December 2, 2016 Physicist Sam Lazerson Physicist Sam Lazerson of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has teamed with German scientists to confirm that the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) fusion energy device called a stellarator in Greifswald, Germany, produces high-quality magnetic fields that are consistent with their complex design. The findings, published in the November ... Read More »

Energy Subcommittee Hearing – An Overview of Fusion Energy Science

US House of Representatives April 20, 2016 An Overview of Fusion Energy Science Hearing Charter Opening Statements Energy Subcommittee Chairman Randy Weber (R-Texas) Full Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) Witnesses Dr. Bernard Bigot Director General, ITER Organization [Truth in Testimony] Dr. Stewart Prager Director, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory [Truth in Testimony] Dr. Scott Hsu Scientist, Physics Division, Los Alamos National ... Read More »

After 60 years, is nuclear fusion finally poised to deliver?

The Guardian 2 December 2016 The €18bn Iter nuclear fusion research centre in Provence, France. Photograph: Iter It’s been a long time coming, but the world’s top powers are now betting billions on the Iter collaboration to deliver clean, safe, limitless energy for the modern world “We are standing on the ground that could change the future of energy,” says ... Read More »

Post-Brexit business as usual at JET

WNN 30 November 2016 “Nothing has changed” regarding the future for the UK’s Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) and the Joint European Torus (JET), centre head Ian Chapman said today. CCFE head Ian Chapman in the control room at JET (Image: CCFE) The CCFE is the UK’s national laboratory for fusion research based at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, ... Read More »

A Tutorial on The Parameter Space of Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) or Magneto Inertial Fusion

By: Irvin R. Lindemuth, Ph.D. formerly (retired 2003) Special Assistant for Russian Collaboration– Office of Associate Director for Weapons Physics, Team Leader for MHD and Plasma Physics, Project Leader for Pulsed Power Science, Technology and International Collaboration Los Alamos National Laboratory sometimes Adjunct and/or part-time Research Professor Physics Department, U. of Nevada, Reno Invited tutorial presented at annual meeting of ... Read More »

UK nuclear fusion lab faces uncertain future

BBC 29 November 2016 JET holds the record for the longest sustained nuclear fusion reaction A question mark hangs over a world-leading laboratory that has pioneered research into fusion for nearly 40 years. The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy near Oxford is largely funded by the EU and dozens of its scientists come from outside the UK. Since the vote ... Read More »

Fusion energy: A time of transition and potential

The Conversation November 29, 2016 The plasma inside a fusion reactor. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory For centuries, humans have dreamed of harnessing the power of the sun to energize our lives here on Earth. But we want to go beyond collecting solar energy, and one day generate our own from a mini-sun. If we’re able to solve an extremely complex ... Read More »

MAST Upgrade physics planning in full swing

CCFE 29/11/2016 With so much emphasis on the final construction of MAST Upgrade, it is easy to overlook the extensive planning of the first physics experiments on Culham’s new fusion device towards the end of 2017. The EUROfusion consortium of European fusion laboratories is already preparing proposals for the first MAST-U experiments and these plans were discussed and finalised at ... Read More »

Fusion reactor that employs liquid metal shower

Phys.org November 28, 2016 The magnetic field lines that confine a high-temperature plasma and the liquid metal shower divertors, as seen from above through a cross-section. Credit: Dr. Junichi Miyazawa /div> In a magnetic field confinement fusion reactor, we maintain the high-temperature plasma through the magnetic field lines by floating the plasma apart from a vessel. However, there forms inevitably ... Read More »

Can Nuclear Fusion Get A Gust Of Wind With Trump’s Supposed Support?

Environmental Leader November 28, 2016 If there is an ideal energy form, it is nuclear fusion. But the technology is one of those that is always within reach but still so far away. With that, though, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that it is advancing the ball, as is a group of nations hard at work trying to build ... Read More »

Close control of plasma rotation improves stability in fusion reactors

the Engineer By Stuart Nathan | 28th October 2016 A real-time map of plasma stability could be key to maximising power output in nuclear fusion Keeping a nuclear fusion plasma stable is probably the most important aspect of controlling these potential future energy sources. In the type of reactor under the most intense investigation around the world, plasmas are heated ... Read More »

Opening futures with fusion energy

Eurofusion Alessandro Arlandini | October 19th 2016 EUROfusion aims to develop a reliable power source which can be used to produce energy from nuclear fusion. All efforts are concentrated on making the technology feasible for large-scale, economic electricity production. How can we really benefit from nuclear fusion and what are its advantages over other sources of energy? From the lab ... Read More »

Real-time collaboration delivers for fusion computing

CCFE 25/11/2016 A key computing system for the ITER international fusion device is now being trialled at JET following a collaboration by teams from CCFE, ITER Organization and Fusion for Energy. CODASAdam Stephen, CODAS project manager at Culham, teamed up with his counterparts Bertrand Bauvir and Andre Neto to integrate the ITER “Synchronous Databus Network” on the live JET machine. ... Read More »

Peter Thiel’s Other Hobby is Nuclear Fusion

Bloomberg Eric Roston | November 22, 2016 Venture Capitalists like the Trump stalwart are taking the lead in pursuing a clean energy silver bullet. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has angered clean-energy proponents by making false statements about climate change and promising to expand fossil-fuel exploration—a policy that could further exacerbate the existential threat he’s claimed is a Chinese hoax. Wouldn’t ... Read More »

A well-earned shutdown time for JET

Eurofusion 21st November 2016 JET is equipped with an ITER-like plasma facing wall, tungsten divertor and beryllium wall. As EUROfusion’s flagship device JET went into shutdown on November 15, 2016, for the current year, JET researchers and engineers marked the 2015-2016 experimental campaign as one of the most successful in the long history of JET. JET was able to meet ... Read More »

New schedule agreed for Iter fusion project

World Nuclear News 21 November 2016 An updated schedule for the Iter fusion project has been approved by the Iter Council, which represents the countries taking part in the project. Under the new schedule, first plasma is now slated for 2025 and the start of deuterium-tritium operation is set for 2035. . The Iter site, pictured in June 2016 (Image: ... Read More »

International Tokamak Fusion is thousands of lifetime physics and engineering jobs

Next Big Future November 22, 2016 The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor has a new delayed schedule. First plasma is now slated for 2025 and the start of deuterium-tritium operation is set for 2035. First plasma was originally scheduled for 2018 with the start of deuterium-tritium operation set for 2026. However, in July 2010 the Iter Council agreed a new schedule ... Read More »

Experts Say Funding Commitment Needed for Nuclear to Remain Viable Option

NEI Decades-long, multibillion dollar funding for research needed Support for existing nuclear plants also key to keeping clean air benefits Industry supports nuclear research and development funding for large and small modular reactors Nov. 17, 2016—A long-term commitment to research is needed if nuclear energy is to remain a part of the energy mix, according to expert witnesses at a ... Read More »

Lockheed Martin – Championing the Nuclear Fusion Reactor

ILMM 18TH NOVEMBER 2016 In 2014 Lockheed Martin, an American Aerospace and Defence company, announced within the next 10 years it would develop a portable nuclear fusion reactor which would produce 100 MW of energy. This fusion reactor would be small enough to fit on the backs of trucks and a single unit could provide enough energy for a city ... Read More »

PPPL physicists win funding to lead a DOE exascale computing project

PPPL By Raphael Rosen | October 27, 2016 PPPL physicist Amitava Bhattacharjee (Photo by Elle Starkman/PPPL Office of Communications) A proposal from scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has been chosen as part of a national initiative to develop the next generation of supercomputers. Known as the Exascale Computing Project (ECP), the initiative ... Read More »

EAST achieves longest steady-state H-mode operations

Phys.org November 16, 2016 Time traces of key plasma parameters for steady state H-mode operation over 60 seconds in EAST. Credit: EAST team Celebrating the 10th anniversary of physics operations, the 11th EAST (Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak) campaign reached a milestone in the exploration of advanced operation scenarios—achieving over 60s fully non-inductive/steady-state long-pulse H-mode plasmas under radio-frequency heating and ITER-like ... Read More »

PPPL senior physicist Wei-li Lee honored at week-long symposium

PPPL By Raphael Rosen | November 11, 2016 Physicists from around the world gathered at the University of California, Irvine this past summer for a symposium in honor of Wei-li Lee, a senior physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The week-long event, held from July 18-22, focused on gyrokinetic simulation — a technique ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion project promises Iran’s strategic power

Iranian Diplomacy 12 November 2016 Iran’s membership in ITER means that the nuclear club has endorsed Iran’s nuclear capabilities to be at global scales, and the country and accepted the country as an equal partner, writes university professor Azam Mollaei in an article for Iranian Diplomacy. Recent months have seen discussions on whether the nuclear deal would work or not, ... Read More »

A new twist for fusion research

Science Daily October 28, 2016 Helically twisted plasma glows during the first hydrogen operation in W7-X on Feb. 3, 2016. Credit: Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics This past year saw the commissioning and initial operation of a new large-scale plasma experiment, the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) in Greifswald, Germany. Designed, constructed, and operated by the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) ... Read More »

Tritium introduced in fusion experiments at Sandia

Phys Org November 9, 2016 Sandia National Laboratories principal investigator Dean Rovang checks out the Z Machine’s tritium gas transfer system, which was built at the labs’ Livermore, California, site and filled with trace tritium (0.1 percent) at Sandia in Albuquerque. Credit: Randy Montoya Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories Z Machine have opened a new chapter in their 20-year journey ... Read More »