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Kazakhstan conducts first stage of nuclear fusion reactor physical launch

The Astana Times By Assel Satubaldina in Nation on 15 June 2017 Photo credit: nnc.kz ASTANA – National Nuclear Centre of Kazakhstan completed June 9 the first stage of physical launch of Kazakh Tokamak for Material Testing (KTM), a nuclear fusion reactor developed jointly with Russia and at the instruction of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. “One of the main issues ... Read More »

U.S.-China collaboration makes excellent start in optimizing lithium to control fusion plasmas

PPPL June 13, 2017 Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (photo courtesy of Institute of Plasma Physics Chinese Academy of Science). For fusion to generate substantial energy, the ultra-hot plasma that fuels fusion reactions must remain stable and kept from cooling. Researchers have recently shown lithium, a soft, silver-white metal, to be effective in both respects during path-setting U.S.-Chinese experiments on the ... Read More »

Fusion as an energy source: the ITER project is back on track

Europa Wednesday, 14 June 2017 Today the European Commission has adopted a communication presenting the revised schedule and budget estimates for European participation in the ITER project. This international project aims to build in Europe a key facility for testing the possibility of generating sustainable energy from fusion. A new baseline for the project plans the first experiments for 2025 ... Read More »

Wibbly-wobbly magnetic fusion stuff: The return of the stellarator

ARS Technica Artistically shaped magnets may make stellarators easier to manage than ITER. Design of the W7-X from the outside. Having many ports means the scientists can make a lot of different measurements at the same time. The arrangement of magnets required to create a well-confined plasma. The shape of the magnetic field. Fusion powers the Sun, where hydrogen ions ... Read More »

ANU partner with China on nuclear fusion technology for power supply

Canberra Times May 9 2017 ANU has handed over the keys to its $35 million nuclear fusion stellarator as part of a technology exchange with China aimed at creating a new viable base-load power source by 2050. Many nations, scrambling to find a solution to the energy crisis, view nuclear fusion as a sustainable solution. Director of the Australian Plasma ... Read More »

Fusion energy could be the future of power production

Adjacent Open Access 05/06/17 By Dr. Neil Alexander Neil Alexander for the Canadian Nuclear Association shares why society should be looking to fusion energy to power homes and businesses in the future Modern society loves energy but delivering that energy is becoming a problem Modern society loves energy. Whether it is lighting our offices, heating our homes or delivering our ... Read More »

Inside the SPIDER facility, preparing for nuclear fusion tests

New Scientist 31 May 2017 By Andy Coghlan THIS may resemble a distillery, but what it will generate isn’t for drinking. It will serve up streams of atoms and ions to make the energy of the sun right here on Earth through nuclear fusion. Called SPIDER and due for completion next year, this facility in Padua, Italy, will help fine-tune ... Read More »

Saving time on the way to ITER operation

ITER Newsline 15 May, 2017 Both Xavier Litaudon, head of the EUROfusion ITER physics department, and Lorne Horton, JET exploitation manager, are confident that the upcoming operations ”will save significant time on the way to ITER’s deuterium-tritium operation.” What’s happening at JET these days? We have been in shutdown since November last year and will remain in shutdown until September ... Read More »

How Far Away is Fusion? Unlocking the Power of the Sun

Universe Today 27 May , 2017 by Fraser Cain I’d like to think we’re smarter than the Sun. Let’s compare and contrast. Humans, on the one hand, have made enormous advances in science and technology, built cities, cars, computers, and phones. We have split the atom for war and for energy. What has the Sun done? It’s a massive ball ... Read More »

Scientists Perform First Simulation of Spontaneous Transition of the Edge of Fusion Plasma to Crucial High-Confinement Mode

R&D Mag 05/22/2017 Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have simulated the spontaneous transition of turbulence at the edge of a fusion plasma to the high-confinement mode (H-mode) that sustains fusion reactions. Credit: Elle Starkman Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have simulated the spontaneous transition ... Read More »

Zach Hartwig: Applying diverse skills in pursuit of a fusion breakthrough

MIT May 22, 2017 Newly-appointed Assistant Professor Zach Hartwig’s mission is to use nuclear technology to benefit society and the environment. Assistant Professor Zach Hartwig joined the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering faculty this year after almost a decade of doctoral and postdoc work at MIT. Photo: Lillie Paquette/MIT School of Engineering Making nuclear fusion a practical energy source ... Read More »

European consortium completes first Iter magnet

WNN 22 May 2017 The first of 18 toroidal field coils has been made in Europe. Gigantic superconducting magnets, they will generate the magnetic cage to contain the Iter fusion reactor’s plasma. The toroidal field coil magnet – “the most high tech magnet in history”, according to F4E (Image: F4E) The toroidal field coil is 14 metres wide, 9 metres ... Read More »

Physicists discover that lithium oxide on tokamak walls can improve plasma performance

Science Blog May 21, 2017 Lithium compounds improve plasma performance in fusion devices just as well as pure lithium does, a team of physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has found. The research was conducted by former Princeton University physics graduate student Matt Lucia under the guidance of Robert Kaita, principal research physicist ... Read More »

First Iter plasma chamber tool ready for shipment

WNN 16 May 2017 The first vacuum vessel sector sub-assembly tool for the Iter fusion reactor has passed factory acceptance tests in South Korea. The tool is by far the largest custom-designed tool for the reactor, currently under construction at Cadarache in southern France. A ceremony marked the completion of factory acceptance tests (Image: Iter) As part of its procurement ... Read More »

New General Fusion collaboration fuses big data and machine learning to accelerate clean energy development

General Fusion’s scientists working with Microsoft’s software experts to explore experimental plasma data in greater depth than previously possible VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – May 15, 2017) – General Fusion, an industry leading clean energy company, is partnering with Microsoft’s Developer Experience Team to unlock critical insights into its experimental results using cloud-based big data techniques. These insights will help forge the ... Read More »

New model of plasma stability could help researchers predict and avoid disruptions

Phys.org May 10, 2017 by Raphael Rosen Physicists Steve Sabbagh and Jack Berkery in front of the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U) Credit: Elle Starkman Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have helped develop a new computer model of plasma stability in doughnut-shaped fusion machines known as tokamaks. The new model incorporates recent ... Read More »

Gone Fission: Could Nuclear Fusion Solve SA’s Energy Woes?

Adelaide Review MAY 2, 2017by DR JESSICA L. PATERSON Renewable energies are “old hat already” says Dr Jessica L. Paterson, and our energy future is bright thanks to the potentially limitless power supply that fusion reactors could bring us. You may have recently watched Jay Weatherill throw down with Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg over the Commonwealth’s blame game regarding ... Read More »

Plasma Turbulence Generates Flow in Fusion Reactors

STRN April 28, 2017 Heating the core of fusion reactors causes them to develop sheared rotation that can improve plasma performance. Simulation of plasma turbulence generating positive (red) and negative (blue) residual stress that drives rotation shear. Comparison between measured and simulated rotation profile (inset). Image courtesy of W.X. Wang The Science Improved stability and confinement in fusion reactors comes ... Read More »

Tokamak Energy turns on ST40 fusion reactor

WNN 28 April 2017 The UK’s newest fusion reactor has been turned on for the first time and has officially achieved first plasma. The reactor aims to produce a record-breaking plasma temperature of 100 million degrees for a privately-funded venture. This is seven times hotter than the centre of the Sun and the temperature necessary for controlled fusion. Oxford, England-based ... Read More »

S. Korea to Work on Power Generation Based on Nuclear Fusion Energy

Business Korea SEOUL,KOREA 25 April 2017 Cho Jin-young The South Korean government has set up and implemented its five-year plans in order to be capable of building nuclear fusion power plants by 2041. On April 21, the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning of South Korea released its third five-year plan for the development of nuclear fusion energy. The ... Read More »

Interest in nuclear fusion has risen immensely

Die Welt 10.04.2017 The experimental reactor Iter is intended to solve mankind’s energy problems. According to Director General Bernard Bigot more and more countries want to join. But they all share one concern. Nuclear fusion reactors could solve mankind’s energy problems as it is clean and safe. Yet the big problem is that so far the reactors need more energy ... Read More »

UK plasma exhaust research receives funding

WNN 19 April 2017 The UK’s MAST Upgrade tokamak is to receive £21 million ($27 million) in funding to upgrade its plasma exhaust systems. The upgrades will allow fusion researchers to improve their understanding of plasma exhaust physics. MAST Upgrade (Image: UKAEA) The controlled exhaust of power and particles from a hot fusion plasma, through the ‘divertor’ area of the ... Read More »

Fusion energy and the UK’s industrial strategy

WNN 18 April 2017 Tokamak Energy has highlighted the contribution fusion energy can make to the UK’s new industrial strategy and how government policy can support its rapid development and large-scale commercial deployment. In an ‘open letter’ sent to World Nuclear News, Tokamak Energy’s chief executive, David Kingham, outlined his response to the government’s Building our Industrial Strategy: Green Paper ... Read More »

Chinese, Australian universities signs MoU on fusion energy researches

Xinhua 2017-04-12 Representatives of the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of South China (USC) sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on research collaboration on fusion energy technology on ANU campus in Canberra, Australia, April 12, 2017. As the first project under the MoU, the ANU has agreed to provide the USC with its plasma Stellarator device, the first ... Read More »

Computer simulations of DIII-D experiments shed light on mysterious plasma flows

PPPL April 5, 2017 Simulation of plasma turbulence generating positive (red) and negative (blue) residual stress that drives rotation shear. (inset) Comparison between measured and simulated rotation profile. Image courtesy of W.X. Wang. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and General Atomics have simulated a mysterious self-organized flow of the superhot plasma that ... Read More »

Brexit brings nuclear (con)fusion

Politico By SARA STEFANINI 3/29/17 The €13 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is under construction in France | ITER CULHAM, England — Just as European scientists here gear up to put decades of experiments to the test and try to bottle up the nuclear reaction that powers every star in the universe, Brexit is throwing the future of their ... Read More »

A Dream of Clean Energy at a Very High Price

New York Times HENRY FOUNTAINMARCH 27, 2017 Source: ITER Organization Mika Gröndahl/The New York Times SAINT-PAUL-LEZ-DURANCE, France — At a dusty construction site here amid the limestone ridges of Provence, workers scurry around immense slabs of concrete arranged in a ring like a modern-day Stonehenge. It looks like the beginnings of a large commercial power plant, but it is not. ... Read More »

There may be working fusion on Earth

Nature by Mikio Fukuhara Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 37740 (2016) doi:10.1038/srep37740 Published online: 23 November 2016 Abstract The cause and source of the heat released from Earth’s interior have not yet been determined. Some research groups have proposed that the heat is supplied by radioactive decay or by a nuclear georeactor. Here we postulate that the generation of heat ... Read More »

New feedback system could allow greater control over fusion plasma

Eureka Alert 20-MAR-2017 DOE/PRINCETON PLASMA PHYSICS LABORATORY IMAGE: GOUMIRI HAS CREATED A NEW SYSTEM THAT WILL LET SCIENTISTS CONTROL THE ENERGY AND ROTATION OF PLASMA IN REAL TIME IN A DOUGHNUT-SHAPED MACHINE KNOWN AS A TOKAMAK. Like a potter shaping clay as it spins on a wheel, physicists use magnetic fields and powerful particle beams to control and shape the ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion needs a ‘wright brothers’ moment, says firm closing on the target

Gas & Electricity 19.03.2017 Nuclear fusion needs a “Wright brothers” moment, to convince the world of its promise of unlimited clean and safe energy and so unlock significant private investment, according to a physicist whose says his company is closing in on that goal. David Kingham, the chief executive of Tokamak Energy, has announced his company’s target of producing its ... Read More »

MAST Upgrade: fitting the last piece of the puzzle

CCFE 15/03/2017 On 7 March, the finishing straight got one (major) step closer for the new MAST Upgrade tokamak, with the lifting and positioning of the centre column into the heart of the machine. Nicknamed the ‘£1 million kebab’ by engineers here at Culham, the five metre-long centre column is a key component for operating MAST Upgrade. Once connected up ... Read More »

National Ignition Facility’s dual-purpose positioner is proving its worth

LLNL Feb. 16, 2017 NIF Target Area operators prepare the TanDM for a NIF shot. The 9,000-kilogram (20,000-pound) mechanism is about 8.5 meters long, with a boom that can extend about 6.75 meters. Photo by Jason Laurea/LLNL While multitasking may be easy for some people (and perhaps hard for others), it can be a particular challenge for the highly specialized ... Read More »

New path suggested for nuclear fusion

Rice University Mike Williams – March 2, 2017 Rice, Illinois, Chilean scientists report quantum control of atoms may make fusion energy production more efficient HOUSTON – (March 2, 2017) – Controlled nuclear fusion has been a holy grail for physicists who seek an endless supply of clean energy. Scientists at Rice University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion: Why doughnut-shaped reactors are best for harnessing plasma

IB Times By Hannah Osborne | February 28, 2017 Max Planck scientist charts how fusion energy technology has changed since the 1980s. Nuclear fusion offers the potential for unlimited, free and clean energy. However, physicists often say the technology to harness it is – and always will be – 30 years away. In a paper published in the European Physical ... Read More »

Hong Sio: On the road for fusion

MIT Paul Rivenberg | Plasma Science and Fusion Center | February 28, 2017 Ph.D candidate enjoys a range of fusion research from coast to coast. At MIT, Hong Sio can be found in the PSFC High-Energy-Density Physics (HEDP) accelerator facility, which develops and characterizes nuclear d iagnostics for inertial fusion facilities across the country, including NIF and OMEGA. “The opportunity ... Read More »

Kazakhstan expresses interest in collaboration

ITER 27 FEB, 2017 In the discussion that took place with ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot, Erlan Batyrbekov, director of the Kazakhstan Nuclear National Center, offered to establish a legal cooperation framework between ITER and the institution he heads. The largest of the Central Asian republics (5.5 times the size of France), Kazakhstan has immense mineral resources and a strong scientific ... Read More »

How Can We Get Cheap, Clean Power From Nuclear Fusion?

Forbes FEB 28, 2017 shutterstock What are the most important unanswered questions in natural science that are likely to be answered by 2025? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Matthew J Moynihan, PhD in ICF, Fusion Blogger, on Quora: Nuclear Fusion offers ... Read More »

IPP Summer University for Plasma Physics and Fusion Research

IPP Beginning: Sep 11, 2017 08:40 End: Sep 15, 2017 15:00 Location: D-85748 Garching near Munich, Boltzmannstr. 2 ProgrammeThe course covers the main aspects of plasma physics with emphasis on nuclear fusion: energy consumption and selected aspects of the environmental impact of energy production basics of plasma physics and nuclear fusion kinetic and magneto-hydrodynamic description of a plasma concepts and ... Read More »

Flow Z-Pinch Experiments

University of Washington The Flow Z-Pinch is an innovative confinement concept to magnetically confine a high-temperature, high-density plasma. The Z-pinch has a simple, linear configuration with no applied magnetic fields. The self-field generated by the axial current confines and compresses the plasma. The concept was investigated extensively for fusion energy applications; however, the configuration is unstable to gross sausage and ... Read More »

44th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics (EPS)

Fusenet The 44th edition of the European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics (EPS) will take place from the 26th to 30th of June 2017 and will be hosted by Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK). Organised by the Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society, this annual conference covers a broad range of plasma science spanning from ... Read More »

The route to commercial fusion electricity by 2030

The Engineer 21st February 2017 Viewpoint Melanie Windridge and David Kingham Tokamak Energy’s contribution to putting fusion power into the grid by 2030: the ST40 prototype of a compact fusion reactor The world is facing a deep decarbonisation challenge, and major organisations such as the Breakthrough Energy Coalition and the newly-announced Breakthrough Energy Ventures are seeking bold new technologies, like ... Read More »

Fusion winter school in Budapest

magfuzio Feb. 21, 2017 Over the last decade the Hungarian Association of Physics Students (Mafihe) has been organizing an annual winter school. This event acts like a break for the physics students after the tough examination period, exploring a stimulating part of physics or related scientific area. The topics are usually chosen to be on the edge of the mainstream ... Read More »

ITER-like WEST ready to go

ITER 13 FEB, 2017 Imagine a space shuttle “landing” on—or rather flying very close to—the surface of the Sun. The heat load it would be exposed to would be in the range of 10 to 20 MW per square metre. Speaking to media representatives last week, Alain Bécoulet, the Director of the French Institute for Magnetic Fusion Research IRFM, used ... Read More »