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Spherical tokamak could take major steps towards fusion power

CCFE 24/08/2016 A concept for a device to tackle some of the main hurdles standing in the way of commercial fusion power has been drawn up by Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory with input from CCFE. The Fusion Nuclear Science Facility would for the first time integrate systems for electricity production, materials and component testing, and fuel breeding in one plant. ... Read More »

Spherical tokamak as model for next steps in fusion energy

Eureka Alert John Greenwald | 24-AUG-2016 Center stack of the National Spherical Torus-Experiment-Upgrade. CREDIT Elle Starkman/PPPL Office of Communications. Among the top puzzles in the development of fusion energy is the best shape for the magnetic facility — or “bottle” — that will provide the next steps in the development of fusion reactors. Leading candidates include spherical tokamaks, compact machines ... Read More »

S. Korea succeeds in mass production of nuclear fusion fuel

Dam25.com Aug. 24, 2016 DAEJEON, Aug 24 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s state-run laboratory said Wednesday that it has successfully developed a technology for the mass production of tritium for nuclear fusion energy. The technology allows the annual production of more than 50 kilograms of tritium, which is one of two core fuels used for nuclear fusion energy, according to the ... Read More »

PPPL and Princeton help lead a new center to understand and mitigate runaway electrons that pose a challenge for ITER

PPPL By John Greenwald | August 22, 2016 Physicist Dylan Brennan (Photo by Elle Starkman/Office of Communications) Runaway electrons, a searing, laser-like beam of electric current released by plasma disruptions, could damage the interior walls of future tokamaks the size of ITER, the international fusion experiment under construction in France. To help overcome this challenge, leading experts in the field ... Read More »

UK Atomic Energy Authority gets a new chief executive

Physics World Michael Banks | Aug 19, 2016 Fusion’s future: Ian Chapman will take the helm at the UKAEA The UK fusion scientist Ian Chapman has been named as the next chief executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). On 1 October Chapman will succeed Steve Cowley, who has been head of the authority since 2009 and will become ... Read More »

How to keep the superhot plasma inside tokamaks from chirping

PPPL By Raphael Rosen | August 19, 2016 (Photo by Elle Starkman) PPPL scientist Vinícius Duarte “Chirp, chirp, chirp.” The familiar sound of birds is also what researchers call a wave in plasma that breaks from a single note into rapidly changing notes. This behavior can cause heat in the form of high energy particles — or fast ions — ... Read More »

Real innovation in a virtual world

CCFE 18/08/2016 Jonathan Naish from CCFE’s Technology Department has won a €12,500 prize in the SOFT (Symposium on Fusion Technology) innovation competition for his new software development, VORTEX. VORTEX softwareThe VORTEX (Virtual Operator RadiaTion EXposure) software prototype combines virtual reality environments with the high-fidelity 3D data output of radiation transport calculations, such as gamma radiation dose and nuclear heating. The ... Read More »

Culham Science Centre nuclear experts fear quarry dust

BBC 16 August 2016 The Joint European Torus is based at Culham Science Centre Scientists are concerned dust from a planned quarry could affect their nuclear fusion experiments. Hills Quarry Products wants to dig out 2.5 million tonnes of sand and gravel from an Oxfordshire site over 10 years. The Culham Science Centre (CSC), which is close to the site ... Read More »

LPP Fusion August 15 update

Next Big Future August 15, 2016 LPPFusion is trying to develop aneutronic fusion with a dense plasma focus device. A dense plasma focus (DPF) is a machine that produces, by electromagnetic acceleration and compression, a short-lived plasma that is hot and dense enough to cause nuclear fusion and the emission of X-rays and neutrons. The electromagnetic compression of the plasma ... Read More »

Simulations by PPPL physicists suggest that magnetic fields can calm plasma instabilities

Eureka Alert 15-AUG-2016 IMAGE: MAGNETIC PERTURBATIONS IN A FUSION PLASMA ARE SHOWN. CREDIT: GERRIT KRAMER Physicists led by Gerrit Kramer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have conducted simulations that suggest that applying magnetic fields to fusion plasmas can control instabilities known as Alfvén waves that can reduce the efficiency of fusion reactions. Such ... Read More »

Truck sized nuclear fusion reactors appear on the horizon

Global Futurist 13th August 2016 | Matthew Griffin Tokomak Energy aims to build mini-nuclear reactors and announces target of producing electricity by 2025 and feeding power into the grid by 2030 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 ... Read More »

Discovery Made by Russian Scientists Will Help Stabilize Fusion Reactors

Sputnik News 09.08.2016 Research associates at the National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI) Department of Plasma Physics have made a discovery that will help protect fusion reactors from plasma damage, thus ensuring their reliable operation, the university press service said. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Thermonuclear units are designed to utilize fusion reactions, like those that occur on the sun, to generate electric ... Read More »

Major Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion Technology

Enviro Tech Aug 10 2016 A major breakthrough from a team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) might just have opened the door to a clean, almost endless supply of energy to solve our current crisis. By using sophisticated computer technology, the researchers were able to create a model of conditions inside the fusion reactor and analyse ... Read More »

PPPL wins contract for plasma-materials interaction studies on EAST tokamak

PPPL By John Greenwald | August 11, 2016 The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has been named principal investigator for a multi-institutional project to study plasma-materials interaction (PMI)on the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) in China. The centerpiece of the PPPL role in this project is the optimization of lithium delivery systems. The tests will ... Read More »


Institute of Mechanical Engineers As part of our Innovation campaign, we spoke to Tokamak Energy’s Dr Melanie Windridge about the company’s vision, the role of engineers in society, and what innovation means to her. Tokamak Energy is one of the companies supported by our Stephenson Fund. What does Tokamak Energy do? Tokamak Energy is working on nuclear fusion, the long-awaited ... Read More »

Fusion Energy: Nuclear Gone Good?

earthtalk.org Gus Vannewkirk | 08/03/2016 Dear EarthTalk: What is fusion energy and why are environmentalists so bullish on it? —Mickey Brent, Milwaukee, WI Nuclear fusion may be the most promising energy source that most of us have never heard of. Scientists first discovered fusion as a potential energy source in the 1930’s and have been quietly working on it ever ... Read More »

‘Rising star’ to head UK’s nuclear fusion programme

Utility Week Tom Grimwood | 03/08/2016 Ian Chapman has been appointed by the government as the new chief executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. The 34-year-old ‘rising star’ will take over from Steve Crowley at the beginning of October. Chapman will head up Britain’s nuclear fusion research programme at the Culham Science Centre near Oxford. An upgraded version of ... Read More »

Clarifying the fusion plasma confinement improvement mechanism

Phys.org August 4, 2016 The right side of the figure where the electric field’s absolute value is small corresponds to the L-mode plasma and the left side having large electric field to the H-mode. The black line indicates the experimental value of the electric current and the red line the theoretical value used in the model based upon differences in ... Read More »

Scientists are one step closer to understanding nuclear fusion power

Business Insider August 3, 2016 A nuclear reactor featured in the film Spiderman 2. The universe is full of phenomena that we can’t fully explain: Black holes, exploding stars, rapidly spinning stellar corpses… In order to get closer to understanding these cosmic oddities, scientists have to constantly push the boundaries of science, advancing technology and marrying seemingly unrelated fields of ... Read More »

PPPL researchers combine quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory of special relativity to clear up puzzles in plasma physics

PPPL By John Greenwald | July 29, 2016 (Photo by Elle Starkman/Office of Communications) Graduate student Yuan Shi Among the intriguing issues in plasma physics are those surrounding X-ray pulsars — collapsed stars that orbit around a cosmic companion and beam light at regular intervals, like lighthouses in the sky. Physicists want to know the strength of the magnetic field ... Read More »

Wendelstein 7-X: Upgrading after successful first round of experiments

IPP Isabella Milch | July 08, 2016 Productive scientific programme / Modification in the plasma vessel well underway After about 2,200 plasma pulses since operation began in December 2015 the first experimental campaign on the Wendelstein 7-X research device at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald was successfully concluded in March. Modifications in the plasma vessel are ... Read More »

Iran Joins Project to Build World’s Biggest Nuclear Fusion Reactor

Sputnik News 27.07.2016 Iran has a lot to offer the international ITER project to build the world’s largest tokamak, a magnetic fusion device, Iranian experts told Sputnik. Iran is in negotiations to join the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project, a collaboration to build the world’s largest tokamak, a device which uses magnetic fields to achieve controlled thermonuclear fusion, Iran’s ... Read More »

Thoughts on Fusion-Energy Development

By Scott Hsu, Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory July 12, 2016 Challenges at ITER and the National Ignition Facility (NIF) bolster the quip that fusion is always thirty years away. This is increasingly bringing into question fusion’s “monoculture” (e.g., see Dan Clery’s editorial, Dec. 2014). Because renewable and fission energy are being deployed, despite their limitations, fusion is not ... Read More »

Mike Rosenberg wins Rosenbluth Award

PSFC-MIT Paul Rivenberg | July 12, 2016 Mike Rosenberg will receive the Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award in November at the APS DPP Meeting Eugene Kowaluk, LLE, University of Rochester Although Mike Rosenberg received his PhD from MIT (Department of Physics) in September 2014, his work at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center is still getting attention. Rosenberg ... Read More »

Lockheed Martin One Step Closer To Portable Nuclear Generator

I-HLS May 16, 2016 the post is also avaible in: Hebrew :הכתבה זמינה גם ב Lockheed Martin, the world’s biggest defense contractor, has been aiming for some time now to use nuclear fusion to create cheap electrical power that uses water for fuel, produces byproducts that are totally safe and releases no air pollution. The team of engineers and scientists ... Read More »

Wendelstein stellarator begins upgrades after fusion success

The Engineer 11th July 2016 The Wendelstein 7-X stellarator has successfully completed its first stages of research, heating plasmas to temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius and achieving pulse lengths of six seconds. Known as W7-X, the nuclear fusion device is the largest stellarator ever constructed, using 50 computer-designed electromagnets to guide superheated plasma around its 16m-long toroidal chamber. The ... Read More »

Iran yet to decide on nuclear fusion project, ITER chief says

Reuters Jul 13, 2016 Model of the future experimental nuclear fusion reactor in Cadarache, north of Marseille, June 30, 2005. REUTERS/CHARLES PLATIAU/FILES Iran is assessing whether to apply for associate membership of the ITER multi-national nuclear fusion project, its director said on Wednesday, just a year after Tehran struck a deal with six world powers to curb its own atomic ... Read More »

Fusion: The next big thing

commonweathmagazine.org SUMMER 2016 Edward M. Murphy A Q&A with a remarkably optimistic Dennis Whyte from MIT GREATER BOSTON IS on a roll, propelled by innovation. The US Chamber of Commerce recently named the region number one in the nation for “fostering entrepreneurial growth and innovation.” Our universities, medical institutions, research labs, and venture capitalists have combined to develop enterprises on ... Read More »

Iran says France agrees to cooperate on nuclear fusion project

RT.com 13 Jul, 2016 Sectional view of ITER’s tokamak © wikipedia.org Iran and France have agreed to work on an international nuclear fusion project, an Iranian official has announced. The deal, which is yet to be confirmed by Paris, comes a year after Iran and six world powers came to terms over Tehran’s atomic program. “Based on the general understanding ... Read More »

Iran to join global nuclear fusion project

Tradearabia.com July 13, 2016 Contractors install the main cranes of the Assembly Hall of the ITER project. Photo courtesy: ITER.org Iran said on Tuesday it had reached an agreement with France to take part in a multi-national nuclear fusion project, a year after it struck a deal with six world powers to curb its own atomic programme. The Fars news ... Read More »

EUROfusion works its six-pack for ITER

Eurofusion June 27th 2016 If someone was definitely not in hibernation, it was EUROfusion during the past half year. In February, the three tokamaks JET, ASDEX Upgrade and TCV were running simultaneously, accompanied by the first experimental campaign of the shiny new Wendelstein 7-X device. Two more experiments, MAST-U and WEST, are also about to flex their muscles. TCV, the ... Read More »

Iran hopes to join project to produce nuclear fusion power

Times of Israel BY EDITH M. LEDERER July 9, 2016 Spokesman says signing of deal with world powers last summer encouraged Tehran’s participation in the ITER initiative The Iranian flag flies in front of a UN building, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP/Ronald Zak) Iran is hoping to join an international project in southern France that aims to build the first ... Read More »

Iran is cooperating in global nuclear fusion project ITER

HispanTV July 5, 2016 The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) cooperate in the global project to commercially produce energy by nuclear fusion, known as ITER. “It has been established increased cooperation and relations the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project (ITER, its acronym in English) and Iranian scientists” , announced Tuesday AEOI spokesman, Behruz Kamalvandi. In a meeting held between ... Read More »

The IPN works to create nuclear fusion technology

Dereporteros.com by Claudia Rodriguez | July 4, 2016 building a reactor is intended laboratory scale Tokamak As part of the international effort to create new sources of renewable energy, the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) works with scientists from Mexico and the world to create new sources of alternative energy, through the development of technologies applicable to a reactor experimental nuclear ... Read More »

Seizing energy

Bangkok Post 29 Jun 2016 It’s expensive, complicated and risky, but Park Jaeyong knows that nuclear fusion is one of the only long-term hopes our planet has Park Jaeyoung in the nuclear-fusion-reactor research facility. photo Courtesy of Park Jaeyoung/ EMC2 ‘What if we can capture the sun and put it in a box?” Park Jaeyoung, an astrophysicist who once worked ... Read More »

A fieldtrip to ITER, a work-in-progress that will test fusion’s feasibility

Ars Technica by Dave Loschiavo – Jul 3, 2016 Foreground buildings: Contractors Canteen, Changing Rooms, Showers, etc. || Green, Yellow, and Red buildings: Contractors’ Offices || White Building: Canteen and Infirmary for Contractors || Tall building: Assembly Hall || To the right of the Assembly Hall and behind the other buildings: Cryostat Assembly Site Dave Loschiavo In France, 35 countries ... Read More »

How Supercomputers and the Berlin Wall Made a Nuclear Marvel Possible

Red Herring July 1, 2016 Located a ten-minute drive outside the pretty German town of Greifswald, the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics has a gray-and-glass front and gently waving roof that scream ‘Science Stuff Here.’ Inside, it’s not much different: bare walls, throngs of scientists drinking coffee and an Escher-pleasing warren of corridors and offices. It’s in the bowels ... Read More »

SCR-1 stellarator in Costa Rica produces first plasma

IPP June 30, 2016 Latin America’s first stellarator / official inauguration on 29 June 2016 Stellarator de Costa Rica 1 – a first for Latin America Photo: TEC The small SRC-1 stellarator in Costa Rica went into operation on 29 June 2016. The device was planned and built by the Plasma Laboratory for Fusion Energy and Applications, which belongs to ... Read More »

Costa Rica makes nuclear fusion history with plasma discharge

Tico Times L. ARIAS | June 30, 2016 Researchers built Costa Rica’s Stellarator-1 (SCR-1) at the TEC campus in Cartago province. (Via TEC) Researchers at the Technology Institute of Costa Rica (TEC) announced the first discharge of high temperature plasma in Latin America on Wednesday, joining an elite group of countries who have made advances in harnessing nuclear fusion to ... Read More »

Brexit’s Impact Stretches From Deep Space To Nuclear Fusion

NPR GEOFF BRUMFIEL | June 29, 20161 The ITER nuclear fusion reactor in France is a roughly $20 billion project designed to produce energy through the fusion of light atoms of hydrogen. The EU bears nearly half the project’s cost but there is no plan in place for Britain’s participation post-Brexit. “We are rudderless,” says a British scientist involved in ... Read More »

Anne White: A passion for plasma

MIT News David L. Chandler | June 29, 2016 “When I started in graduate school I knew already that I wanted to work on turbulence in tokamaks,” says Anne White, the Cecil and Ida Green Associate Professor in Nuclear Engineering in MIT’s Plasma Fusion and Science Center. Photo: Bryce Vickmark Physicist has a fascination for the complexities of turbulence, and ... Read More »

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

PPPL The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program at PPPL is for undergraduates interested in performing plasma physics and fusion energy research. Students perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting PPPL’s research. **The PPPL 2017 SULI program dates are June 12-August 18, 2017.** Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three ... Read More »

India on schedule with deliveries for ITER fusion reactor: Official

The Indian Express June 28, 2016 India, which has already spent close to Rs 2,000 crore on this project that involves building a 500 megawatt fusion reactor The aim of the ITER project, which began in 2006, is to determine whether nuclear fusion can be a source of energy and electricity in the future. (Source: Express archive) Claiming that Brexit ... Read More »

More funds sought for nuclear fusion project

Hindu Business Line India responsible for 9% of in-kind contribution to the mission June 27, 2016 AHMEDABAD, JUNE 27: The world’s biggest nuclear fusion project, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER will require more funding from India for its timely execution. The nodal agency for the project in India, the Institute for Plasma Research (IPR) in Gandhinagar had received ... Read More »