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The Brexit effect on UK nuclear

WNN 24 June 2016 EDF Energy, NuGeneration and Horizon Nuclear Power have all stressed their commitment to the UK’s nuclear new build program, despite the country’s decision to leave the European Union. Nevertheless, the majority vote in favour of ‘Brexit’ – decided in a national referendum held yesterday – may have implications for investment in new reactors and nuclear research, ... Read More »

Researchers deplore U.K. decision to leave the European Union

Science Magazine By Daniel CleryJun. 24, 2016 Economic studies, evolutionary biology, and nanotechnology are most at risk if the United Kingdom left the European Union. U.K. researchers and their organizations have reacted with dismay to last night’s decision by the U.K. electorate to leave the European Union. Science and technology were not a major talking point during the referendum campaign, ... Read More »

The first girder in the ITER Assembly Hall has been lifted!

Fusion for Energy 17 June 2016 The first girder installed on the roof of the ITER Assembly Hall. The engineers gathered early in the morning at ITER’s Assembly Hall in order to review once more the arrangements and tooling to be used for the lifting of the first girder of one of the two cranes that will operate in the ... Read More »

Diagnostic and Reflective Optics in Nuclear Fusion Research

Novus Light Andrew Williams | 21 June 2016 Located at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) near Oxford, the Joint European Torus (JET) project is investigating the potential of exploiting nuclear fusion – the process that powers the Sun and all stars – as a safe, clean, and virtually limitless energy source for future generations. JET is a ‘tokamak’ ... Read More »

NIF may never ignite, DOE admits

Physics Today David Kramer | 17 June 2016 More than three years after the deadline passed for obtaining a sustained, high-energy-yield nuclear fusion reaction at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the US Department of Energy is still unsure whether the $3.5 billion laser can ever attain that milestone. Much as it did in 2012, the agency has established a new, ... Read More »

Researchers working on plasma physics experiment hope to bring sustainable fusion energy to reality

futureistech.info 06/17/2016 – Perry Henderson University of Washington researchers are working towards a sustainable and controlled fusion reaction with funding from the DOE to improve on their HIT-SI3 prototype. With growing climate and population concerns across the globe, researchers and the DOE are increasing efforts to discover new ways to produce cleaner and more efficient energy. The DOE has awarded ... Read More »

It’s now official: First Plasma in December 2025

ITER 16 JUN, 2016 On Thursday 16 June, the ITER Council officially announced its endorsement of the Resource-Loaded Integrated Schedule for the ITER Project, which identifies the date of First Plasma as December 2025. While the ITER Council acknowledges that the endorsed schedule to First Plasma is “challenging but technically achievable,” it considers that by meeting all project milestones* to ... Read More »

Endorsed: December 2025 for ITER First Plasma

eurofusion.org 17th June 2016 ITER Flag. Image Source: ITER website. We aim to optimise the ITER Research Plan as much as possible. Tony Donné, EUROfusion Programme Manager, gives his views about the ITER council meeting. Donné visited General Fusion in 2015 and shares his opinion on the concept. Picture: EUROfusion Members of the ITER council (IC) came together on the ... Read More »

Fusion megaproject confirms 5-year delay, trims costs

Science Magazine Daniel Clery | Jun. 16, 2016 Construction of ITER’s central tokamak area is in full swing; first fusion is now set for 2025. © ITER Organization The ITER fusion reactor will fire up for the first time in December 2025, the €18-billion project’s governing council confirmed today. The date for “first plasma” is 5 years later than under ... Read More »

Supercomputers predict new turbulent interactions in fusion plasmas

ScienceDaily.com June 15, 2016 A high-resolution photo shows the inside of the Alcator C-Mod tokamak with a representative cross-section of a fusion plasma superimposed. The inset depicts the approximate extent of the plasma turbulence simulations performed as part of this work. These simulations clearly demonstrate the coexistence of long wavelength blobs and short wavelength “streamers” (the small, finger-like structures in ... Read More »

World’s Biggest Science Experiment Seeks More Time and Money

Bloomberg Jonathan Tirone | June 15, 2016 Another $5.2 billion sought for project to prove fusion works If successful, fusion reactors might enter service after 2050 The world’s biggest science experiment may get more time and money for completion when nuclear officials convene on Wednesday in France. Supervisors of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER, are gathering for a ... Read More »

U.K.-E.U. split could harm fusion research

Science Magazine By Daniel Clery | Jun. 14, 2016 If the United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union on 23 June, the exit will break up cross-border collaborations and cut off E.U. funding for U.K. scientists. For fusion research, the possibility of a Brexit is particularly worry
ing. Europe’s largest fusion facility, the Joint European Torus (JET), is sited just ... Read More »

Analyzing a Component of the ITER Tokamak with Simulation

comsol Brianne Costa | April 12, 2016 We can solve many of the world’s energy sustainability problems by harnessing the power of the sun through fusion energy. Tokamaks are devices that test the practicality of employing fusion energy on Earth. ITER, which will be the largest tokamak on Earth when complete, has required years of research and a magnitude of ... Read More »

First plasma in upgraded extreme materials-facility Magnum-PSI

Differ 8 June 2016 DIFFER’s facility Magnum-PSI produced its first plasma on Wednesday 8 June 2016, a major milestone in the relocation of this unique experiment for fusion wall materials. Magnum-PSI will be fully operational again at the end of 2016, and is the only laboratory setup in the world capable of investigating candidate materials under the realistic conditions for ... Read More »

10 Facts You Should Know About Fusion Energy

PPPL By Larry Bernard, January 25, 2016 It’s natural. In fact, it’s abundant throughout the universe. Stars – and there are billions and billions of them – produce energy by fusion of light atoms. It’s safe. There are no dangerous byproducts. It produces some radioactive waste, but that requires only decades to decay, not thousands of years. Further, any byproducts ... Read More »

AFTER ITER

ITER The next step after ITER will be a demonstration power plant—or DEMO—that will explore continuous or near-continuous (steady-state) operation. Decades of fusion research and generations of fusion devices have contributed to the design of ITER. And ITER, in its turn, will contribute to the design of the next-generation machine—DEMO—that will bring fusion research to the threshold of a prototype ... Read More »

A tokamak must breathe

ITER 06 JUN, 2016 When plasmas ten times hotter than the core of the Sun begin pulsating inside the ITER vacuum vessel, the combined mass of the Tokamak and cryostat (25,000 tons) will need a bit of breathing space. Not much—but enough to accommodate the wobbling, expansions and occasional displacements caused by the tremendous forces at work in the machine. ... Read More »

NSTX upgraded to the world’s most powerful Spherical tokamak

FuseNet The National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) was built at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and started operation in 1999. The goal of the device is to study the physics of spherically shaped fusion plasmas, which are claimed to have several advantages over the traditional doughnut-shaped plasmas. Consequently, there is considerable interest in these devices, even though they are ... Read More »

Compact tokamaks: the approach to bring fusion energy within reach

WNN by David Kingham | 31 May 2016 Fusion reactor development could proceed much more rapidly by scaling down the size of reactors being developed, potentially helping the first compact fusion pilot plants to be ready to produce electricity for the first time within the next decade, writes David Kingham. Nuclear fusion is the creative process of the universe. All ... Read More »

Solving an age-old riddle: Can inertial confinement finally deliver fusion?

Angle Journal by Edward Hill | 1 June 2016 Relative to traditional fossil fuels, and even fission, nuclear fusion has long promised – and failed – to safely deliver energy. Yet recent developments provide hope that this elusive technology might finally be ready to emerge as both a viable and inexhaustible energy source in the latter part of the 21st ... Read More »

Compact spherical tokamak would be 100 times smaller than ITER and has a chance to start operating decades earlier

Next Big Future May 31, 2016 Startup company Tokamak Energy has published three papers showing size is not an important factor in fusion reactors and proving that a compact spherical tokamak reactor can produce high power. This turns the pursuit of fusion into a series of engineering challenges. The Tokamak Energy plan will overcome these challenges, such as the development ... Read More »

Research Faculty Position Experimental Fusion Plasma Physics

Physics Today Auburn University Details Posted: May 31, 2016 Location: Auburn University, Alabama Salary: Open Level: Experienced Sector: Academic Work Function: Faculty 4-Year College/University Discipline: Physics: Fusion Technology, Physics: Physics, Physics: Plasma Required Education: Doctorate The Department of Physics at Auburn University is seeking a qualified individual for a research faculty position in experimental fusion plasma science. Preference is for ... Read More »

PPPL physicist conducts experiments indicating efficiency of fusion start-up technique

Eureka Alert 31-MAY-2016 DOE/PRINCETON PLASMA PHYSICS LABORATORY PHYSICIST FATIMA EBRAHIMI CREDIT: ELLE STARKMAN / PPPL OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS Physicist Fatima Ebrahimi at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Princeton University has for the first time performed computer simulations indicating the efficiency of a start-up technique for doughnut-shaped fusion machines known as tokamaks. The simulations ... Read More »

IPP Summer University for Plasma Physics and Fusion Research

IPP Beginning: 2016-09-19 End: 2016-09-23 Location: Greifswald Contact: summeruni@ipp.mpg.de Programme The course covers the main aspects of plasma physics with emphasis on nuclear fusion: basics of plasma physics and nuclear fusion kinetic and magneto-hydrodynamic description of a plasma concepts and experimental results of tokamak and stellarator configurations plasma heating and diagnostics plasma-wall interaction and materials research safety and environmental aspects ... Read More »

FRANCE ASKS FOR IRAN’S COOPERATION IN NUCLEAR FUSION PROJECTS – DFM

NAM news network 2016-05-30 TEHRAN, May 30 (NNN-FNA) — Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi announced that Paris has called for cooperation with Iran’s academic centers in projects related to nuclear fusion. “At present, France has invited us to cooperate with them in nuclear fusion projects,” Araqchi said, addressing a ceremony at Kharazmi University in Tehran on Sunday. He ... Read More »

Ronald C. Davidson, Pioneer of Fusion Power, Dies at 74

NYT May 30, 2016 Ronald C. Davidson at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, where he oversaw research. Credit Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Ronald C. Davidson, who oversaw one of the biggest advances in fusion energy research, attempting to replicate the power of the sun, died on May 19 at his home in Cranbury, N.J. He was 74. The cause was ... Read More »

The Real Problem With Fusion Energy

gizmodo Maddie Stone | May 27, 2016 Artwork by Sam Woolley The longstanding joke about fusion—that it’s the energy source of the future, and always will be—may be the field’s biggest problem. The quest to bottle the power of the sun has led to countless starry-eyed predictions of an imminent clean energy revolution. But the expectations for fusion have always ... Read More »

Secretary of Energy Moniz urges work on ITER nuclear fusion reactor

Electric Light & Power 05/27/2016 Dr. Jeff Quintenz, Senior Vice President of General Atomics‘ Energy Group, issued the following statement on Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s report recommended continued U.S. support for ITER, the world’s largest magnetic fusion device designed to prove the feasibility of fusion power as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based on the same principle that ... Read More »

US advised to stick with troubled fusion reactor ITER

nature.com Davide Castelvecchi& Jeff Tollefson, 27 May 2016 Matthieu Colin/ITER The ITER project under construction in southern France on 29 April 2016. The Department of Energy says the US should fund ITER until 2018, and then re-evaluate its progress. The troubled multibillion-euro nuclear-fusion project ITER has improved its performance and management, and the United States should continue to support the ... Read More »

Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Studies Energy Source

NJTV By Briana Vannozzi | 5-23-16 Inside a metal spheroid covered with beams and high-tech magnets, scientists are hoping to achieve something that sounds impossible. Create a star on Earth, essentially in a bottle. “We are starting a new experiment its called NSTX-U — the National Spherical Torus Upgrade — and it’s going to push us ever closer to the ... Read More »

IPR gives fusion breakthrough to India

Times of India Paul John | TNN | May 24, 2016 Ahmedabad: After six years of committed effort, India’s steady state experimental superconducting Tokamak (SST-1) fusion reactor has made its first major breakthrough. On Saturday, at the Institute of Plasma Research (IPR) in Bhat a team of scientists were able to confine plasma – a source of energy – for ... Read More »

Overall Satisfaction Is Up and Monthly Bills Down, Yet Electric Providers Still Lag Behind Other Industries in Customer Satisfaction, J.D. Power Study Finds

J.D. Power Power Reliability Shows Improvement; Communications about Outages Is Key COSTA MESA, Calif.: 13 July 2016 — Although customer-reported monthly electric bills have fallen to their lowest levels in 10 years and overall satisfaction is on the rise, electric utility providers continue to struggle to match other industries in customer satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Electric Utility ... Read More »

A Star on Earth

At the Energy Department’s Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, scientists are trying to accomplish what was once considered the realm of science fiction: create a star on Earth. The National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) is a magnetic fusion device that is used to study the physics principles of spherically shaped plasmas — hot ionized gases in which, under the right conditions, ... Read More »

Rockefeller Family VC Funds Risky Fusion Energy Project

issues.org Winter, 2016 by Ray Rothrock A venture capitalist takes on fusion energy I am a venture capitalist and have been for 27 years. Trained in nuclear engineering in the 1970s, I worked in that profession until 1988, when I joined Venrock, the private venture partnership of the Rockefeller family. Since then, I’ve learned a fair bit about entrepreneurship, risk ... Read More »

The Search Is On for (Cheap) Nuclear Fusion

inverse.com Kastalia Medrano | May 20, 2016 Can a handful of startups win the race to market nuclear fusion – at a fraction of the cost of government-funded projects? Tri Alpha Energy, a Southern California fusion startup, just raised nearly $500,000 to try to make fusion power a reality. Funded by heavyweights like Goldman Sachs and Paul Allen, the company ... Read More »

Peek Inside Tri Alpha Energy, a Company Pursuing the Ideal Power Source

technolgy review by Richard Martin May 20, 2016 A startup in California has raised $500 million to chase the elusive dream of fusion power. Is this crazy, or is the company on to something? No energy technology is more tantalizing than fusion, but no energy technology has proved more disappointing. So how has a fusion company in Southern California raised ... Read More »

Porkolab honored by Hungarian Academy of Sciences

PSFC-MIT May 10, 2016 Prof. Miklos Porkolab Paul Rivenberg Professor of Physics Miklos Porkolab was elected an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) at the 187tth meeting of the General Assembly of the Academy in Budapest, on May 2, 2016. Founded in 1825, the prestigious HAS is the oldest institution devoted to science in Hungary. The external ... Read More »

Iter cryoplant tanks ready for shipment

WNN 18 May 2016 The two biggest tanks for the Iter fusion reactor’s cryoplant have been completed in the Czech Republic. An exceptional convoy will be required to transport them to the Iter construction site in southern France. The quench tanks measure 35 meters in length, 4.5 meters in diameter and weighing about 160 tonnes. They were produced by French ... Read More »

Getting primed for fusion power

cosmos 26 APR 2016 Fusion power is such a huge, potentially game-changing technology that it’s easy to get swept up in its utopian promise. Equally, it’s easy to dismiss the whole shebang as a wild fantasy that will never come to pass. Here’s what you need to know to help keep pace with developments in this global quest. What is ... Read More »

The teenagers who built a nuclear reactor in the basement

elconfidencial.com 16.05.2016 Click here for the original in Spanish Every Friday, twenty students of American high school meet in their particular science club for experiments with a homemade nuclear fusion reactor The basement of Carl Greninger’s house in Federal Way, Washington may seem straight out of a science fiction movie or part of a government research facility. However, what lies ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion Physicist (P4) Job Opening

eurosciencejobs.com Nuclear Fusion Physicist (P4) IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency Vienna, Austria Main Purpose As a key member of a team led by the Section Head, the Nuclear Fusion Physicist is responsible for supporting international cooperation on fusion research activities and fostering the exchange of scientific results among the different partners. The Nuclear Fusion Physicist supports the Member States ... Read More »

Los quinceañeros que construyeron un reactor nuclear en el sótano

elconfidencial.com 16.05.2016 Click here for English translation Cada viernes, veinte alumnos de instituto estadounidenses se reúnen en su particular club de ciencias para realizar experimentos con un reactor de fusión nuclear casero El sótano de la casa de Carl Greninger —en Federal Way, Washington— puede parecer sacado de una película de ciencia ficción o parte de unas instalaciones de investigación ... Read More »

FUSION ENERGY VIA MAGNETIC CONFINEMENT

Princeton Distillate Nuclear fusion has enormous promise as a global energy source. The fuel is nearly inexhaustible and the waste products have less environmental impact than the wastes associated with fossil fuels and nuclear fission. Making affordable fusion energy would be a remarkable human achievement. To appreciate some of the key challenges, we examine magnetic confinement fusion energy from four ... Read More »

Energy Education: Fusion Outreach Ignites in Spring

the Energy Collective May 12, 2016 Ted Golfinopoulos (left), a postdoc with MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, invites visitors to the USA Science and Engineering Festival to feel how insulated copper coil gets warm when electrical current runs through it, in a demonstration about magnetism and electricity. Photo: Paul Rivenberg Students and staff members at MIT’s Plasma Science and ... Read More »

Powerful physics

nature.com 03 May 2016 Although driven by the promise of almost limitless energy, fusion research touches on plenty of gripping, fundamental physics — and the wider scientific community has every reason to be supportive. On the night of Halloween in 1997, the Joint European Torus (JET) in Culham, UK, had a treat in store: a new fusion power record of ... Read More »

Sandia plasma-materials researcher wins DOE Early Career Award

Sandia Labs May 10, 2016 LIVERMORE, Calif. — Sandia National Laboratories researcher Robert Kolasinski has received a $2.5 million, five-year Early Career Research Program award from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science to support his work on how intense fusion plasmas interact with the interior surfaces of fusion reactors. Kolsinski’s research will develop the scientific foundations needed to ... Read More »

A Major Upgrade of the Lithium Tokamak Experiment at PPPL Will Explore Liquid Lithium as a First Wall for Hot Plasmas

Newswise 10-May-2016 Source Newsroom: Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Newswise — A promising experiment that encloses hot, magnetically confined plasma in a full wall of liquid lithium is undergoing a $2 million upgrade at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). Engineers are installing a powerful neutral beam injector in the laboratory’s Lithium Tokamak Experiment (LTX), an ... Read More »