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Physicists improve method for designing fusion experiments

phys.org February 13, 2017 Fusion experiments known as stellarators work by confining a mass of superheated plasma (orange horizontal mass) inside a magnetic field generated by external electromagnetic coils (multicolored vertical bands). A UMD physicist has made a revision to the software tools used to design these complex coil shapes, allowing researchers to create better designs with more room between ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion Comes Into Focus

Lehigh University By: Kurt Pfitzer | February 09, 2017 Arindam Banerjee (right) and Ph.D. candidates Zachary Farley (left) and Andrew Bergey set up a test on a two-wheel, high-acceleration track, which simulates the instabilities of the fusion reactor by rotating a container filled with two fluids of different densities. (Photo by Douglas Benedict) Serious discussions of the long-term future of ... Read More »

Core Concept: Stabilizing turbulence in fusion stellarators

pnas.org vol. 114 no. 6 > Adam Mann, 1217–1219, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1618480113 In the earliest days of the Cold War, physicists on both sides of the Iron Curtain raced to harness energy from nuclear fusion, which could, in principle, provide nearly limitless electricity. Innovative devices with names like pinch machines, levitrons, and superstators flourished, and for most of the 1950s it ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion to replace fossil fuels

Business Recorder Feb. 3, 2017 Nuclear fusion is a technology based on the natural reactions constantly taking place on the surface of our Sun producing an infinite fuel source with almost zero carbon emissions, happening as two atoms of hydrogen are fused together under extreme temperatures to produce another element, helium. The process as a result produces an ample amount ... Read More »


The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining 1 Feb 2017 CEA – Tungsten monoblock elements The WEST project’s success in producing its first plasma allows it to test materials for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. A tokamak in France has produced its first plasma, demonstrating the success of modifications made to the fusion reactor. The French Alternative Energies and Atomic ... Read More »

Riccardo joins PPPL as head of engineering

PPPL February 1, 2017 Valeria Riccardo Photo by Elle Starkman, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Valeria Riccardo has joined the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory as the new head of engineering. She has more than 20 years of experience in project management, fusion design and analysis on two fusion devices in the U.K. that are similar to the U.S. Department of Energy’s ... Read More »

World Nuclear Association Annual Assessment of the State of Nuclear Fusion Power

World Nuclear Association (Updated January 2017) 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 and stellarators which confine a deuterium-tritium plasma magnetically. Today, many countries take part in fusion research to some extent, led ... Read More »

Scientists Plan to Replace Fossil Fuels With Nuclear Fusion by 2030

Futurism.com June Javelosa | January 30, 2017 IN BRIEF A Canadian collective has released Fusion 2030, a report in which they ask the government for an investment of $125 million to build a working nuclear fusion plant prototype by 2030. Nuclear fusion could be the most valuable renewable energy option as it has the highest energy density, the best energy ... Read More »

Tokamak Energy plans net electricity production fusion by 2025 and commercial grid production by 2030

Next Big Future January 30, 2017 Experimental and theoretical research has shown ‘spherical’ tokamaks to be a “fast route to fusion” compared with more “conventional” tokamak devices such as Joint European Torus (JET), according to David Kingham, chief executive of Tokamak Energy. “By pursuing this route, fusion researchers around the world, including at Tokamak Energy, are developing new materials and ... Read More »

Diagnostics for super-hot plasmas in fusion reactors

Phys.org January 30, 2017 It’s tough to measure the concentration of the single or neutral hydrogen atoms in fusion plasmas. The temperatures reach tens of thousands of degrees or more. A new calibration technique to improve these measurements uses different fluorescence pathways in a laser-induced fluorescence measurement system. Xenon (blue) and krypton (red) fluorescence have different optical pathways in the ... Read More »

Spherical tokamak ‘to put fusion power in grid’ by 2030

WNN 30 January 2017 Experimental and theoretical research has shown ‘spherical’ tokamaks to be a “fast route to fusion” compared with more “conventional” tokamak devices such as Joint European Torus (JET), according to David Kingham, chief executive of Tokamak Energy. “By pursuing this route, fusion researchers around the world, including at Tokamak Energy, are developing new materials and technologies to ... Read More »

Researchers shocked at UK’s plan to exit EU nuclear agency

nature.com Elizabeth Gibney | 27 January 2017 UK’s role in major fusion projects remains in limbo. The UK’s plan to leave Euratom has thrown into doubt the future of the Joint European Torus (JET), a nuclear-fusion facility in Culham, UK. Scientists are shocked and angry at the UK government’s sudden confirmation on 26 January that it wants to pull out ... Read More »

A feather in the cap for EUROfusion fellow

Euro Fusion 26th January 2017 Dr. Gergely Papp was awarded the Karoly Simonyi Memorial Plaque of the Hungarian Nuclear Society. Photo: IPP Cartoon of a runaway electron. (courtesy of EUROfusion) Runaway electrons: they may be minuscule, but for a fusion device, they can be quite disruptive. So, knowing how to keep them in check ranks high-up in the fusion research ... Read More »

Canada could be a world leader in nuclear fusion by 2030, report suggests

CBC News Jan 26, 2017 Burnaby’s General Fusion among many lobbying for federal investments in nuclear fusion General Fusion’s compression system prototype at its facilities in Burnaby, BC. (General Fusions) Scientists are calling on the federal government to invest more in fusion research as a way to produce massive amounts of clean energy and radically reduce dependance on fossil fuels ... Read More »

This is what we need to do to get fusion energy on the grid by 2030

International Business Times By Dr David Kingham | January 25, 2017 It will be a huge challenge, with massive investment required. But it is possible. Tokamak Energy has said that nuclear fusion could be powering UK homes in 15 years’ time Tokamak Energy Excerpt from a speech by Dr David Kingham, chief executive of Tokamak Energy, to the International Energy ... Read More »

JT-60SA assembly of the Toroidal Field coils has started

Fusion for Energy 24 January 2017 The process of assembly has started: The first two of JT-60SA’s TF coils are in place in the tokamak With the placement of the first two, of the total 18, Toroidal Field (TF) coils in the tokamak, the complex process of assembling this magnet has started at the JT-60SA site in Naka, Japan. This ... Read More »

Limitless Fusion Energy Is Just 13 Years Away, According To Tokamak Energy

Huffington Post 25/01/2017 Fusion is the “holy grail” of energy generation. Imagine a world where electricity can be produced virtually limitlessly without harming the environment. This is the promise of nuclear fusion technology. By harnessing the same reaction that powers the Sun, it could usher in a new era of energy generation. Now a British physicist has laid out his ... Read More »

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 »