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MIT Meg Murphy | School of Engineering October 14, 2016 MIT’s Alcator C-Mod nuclear reactor winds down — and defines its legacy on its final run. Alex Tingly (right), a graduate student in the Department of Physics, and senior research scientist Earl Marmar, head of the Alcator C-Mod project since 2002, review data on synchrotron emission from relativistic electrons in ... Read More »

Under pressure: New world record set on path to nuclear fusion

Newatlas Michael Franco | Oct. 14, 2016 A look inside the Alcator C-Mod t MIT(Credit: Bob Mumgaard/Plasma Science and Fusion Center) While there is a lot of attention on non-fossil-fuel sources these days such as solar and hydrogen, the true Holy Grail of alternative energy is nuclear fusion, which theoretically could produce an endless source of clean power. Because scientists ... Read More »

University of Malta researchers contribute toward world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor

Independent (Malta) 13 October 2016 Researchers at the University of Malta are contributing toward the construction of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), a €20 billion nuclear fusion reactor that aims to ‘ignite a star on Earth for energy’. The reactor, known as a tokamak, is being constructed in Cadarache, France and it will be the world’s largest machine of ... Read More »

New record for fusion

MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center October 14, 2016 Alcator C-Mod tokamak nuclear fusion reactor sets world record on final day of operation. The interior of the fusion experiment Alcator C-Mod at MIT recently broke the plasma pressure record for a magnetic fusion device. The interior of the donut-shaped device confines plasma hotter than the interior of the sun, using ... Read More »

Iter transformer in place as materials tests continue

WNN 11 October 2016 The first of Iter’s three Chinese-supplied transformers (Image: Iter) As the first of three Chinese-supplied electrical transformers is installed at the Iter fusion project in France, researchers in the Netherlands are testing the resistance to neutron radiation of materials that will shield the fusion reactor’s core. Dutch radioisotope producer NRG announced today that material to be ... Read More »

Iter : delivery of the first parts of the reactor scheduled by 2018 according to Bernard Bigot

connaissancedesenergies.org october 6, 2016 AFP The construction of ITER in the south-east of France, “advance” after experiencing significant delays, and delivery of the first parts of the reactor is planned in 2018, said Thursday the Director General of ITER Organization Bertrand Bigot. This project, which aims to harness nuclear fusion, “advance” and “urges all technologies on the frontiers of what ... Read More »

Build Capacity and Skills in Fusion Energy Development

Government of Canada Question:How do we make best use of our science and research strengths? Answer submitted by Tim Howard on 09/30/2016 Members of the Canadian fusion community representing universities, industry and research support organizations from five provinces are proposing a revitalized Canadian fusion program with the vision that: by 2030, Canada will support the deployment of a demonstration fusion ... Read More »

US left with just one working fusion reactor — for now

nature.com Jeff Tollefson | 30 September 2016 Design flaw may have doomed machine at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. The experimental fusion reactor at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is shaped like a cored apple. A tough year just got tougher for US fusion researchers. The country’s flagship experimental fusion reactor has broken down, less than a year after completing a ... Read More »

After a $94 million upgrade, Princeton’s nuclear fusion reactor breaks down

Yahoo Tech Lulu Chang | October 1, 2016 Our nation’s “flagship experimental fusion reactor” is no longer working — a problem made all the more frustrating by the fact that scientists just completed a four-year, $94 million upgrade on the machine. It’s not that often that we hear about major breakthroughs in nuclear research, and now such announcements, at least ... Read More »

The Energy of the Future: The Status of Nuclear Fusion Research and the Role of the IAEA

IAEA by Aabha Dixit | Sept. 15, 2016 Participants at the side event on latest advances in research and development in fusion technology. (Photo: J. C. Castillo/IAEA) Scientists are becoming increasingly excited about the prospects that within the foreseeable future a reactor can replicate the sun’s energy source on Earth through scientific and technological innovation of a scale previously unimagined. ... Read More »

PPPL Director Stewart Prager Steps Down

PPPL By Larry Bernard | September 26, 2016 Stewart Prager PRINCETON, New Jersey (Sept. 26, 2016) – Prof. Stewart Prager, a world renowned plasma physicist and passionate voice for a future of clean, abundant and benign energy fueled by fusion, has stepped down today from directorship of the national laboratory he has headed for the last eight years. “It has ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion: a unicorn or the next industrial revolution? Part I

Magnus SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 The world of the atom carries many names. Some of them are famous, like Rutherford, Bohr or Fermi, but there were many others, both before (such as Pierre and Marie Curie) and after (such as Otto Hahn or Lise Meitner). In fact, it was Lise’s nephew – Otto Frisch – that confirmed experimentally in 1939 that ... Read More »

Runaway Electrons (And Other Plasma Physics Horror Stories)

Bwog BETSY LADYZHETS | September 24, 2016 Construction of the tokamak (that might kill us all!) In some very specific conditions, electrons (you know, those tiny negatively charged subatomic particles) can run away. But how does this happen? Where do they go? Are they dangerous? We sent Senior Staffer Betsy Ladyzhets to the Plasma Physics Colloquium yesterday afternoon to find ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion Technology in Prague

Kongres Sep 21, 2016 The 29th Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT) The 29th Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT) took place from September 5th till 9th, 2016 in Prague. The event was jointly organized by the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Research Centre Rez, two principal institutes engaged in the research of thermonuclear fusion ... Read More »

PPPL and Princeton demonstrate novel technique that may have applicability to future nuclear disarmament talks

PPPL By John Greenwald | September 20, 2016 Graduate student Sébastien Philippe who led the zero-knowledge protocol experiment. Setup of the experiment in a PPPL laboratory (credit: Elle Starkman) A system that can compare physical objects while potentially protecting sensitive information about the objects themselves has been demonstrated experimentally at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory ... Read More »

Fusion Energy Pioneer Named to the 2017 Canada Clean50

Market Wired September 20, 2016 List Recognizes General Fusion’s Chief Scientist as a Leader in Canadian Clean Technology TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – September 20, 2016) – The founder and Chief Scientist of Vancouver-based General Fusion, Dr. Michel Laberge, was named today as one of Canada’s Clean50 for 2017. The Clean50 award recognizes Canada’s leaders in sustainability and their role in transitioning ... Read More »

University of Illinois stellarator nuclear fusion device receives million dollar grant

Next Big Future September 19, 2016 The Department of Energy awarded a $1.05 million grant to the University’s nuclear fusion device, the Hybrid Illinois Device for Research and Applications, or HIDRA. This grant, the first one for the machine, will allow researchers at the University’s Center for Plasma Material Interactions to conduct experiments with the HIDRA. “The grant is specifically ... Read More »

Provence Region pledges an extra 43 M€ to ITER

Iter 19 SEP, 2016 In the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region (PACA)—the administrative territory that spans from the Italian border to the Rhône river valley, and from the Mediterranean shores to the Alpine summits south of Grenoble—the dream of hosting ITER dates back to the mid-1990s. Back in 2001, the local governments around ITER pledged a total of EUR 467 million to ... Read More »

PPPL researchers successfully test new device that analyzes the surfaces of tokamak components within a vacuum

PPPL By Raphael Rosen | September 9, 2016 Graduate Student Felipe Bedoya Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have successfully tested a new device that will lead to a better understanding of the interactions between ultrahot plasma contained within fusion facilities and the materials inside those facilities. The measurement tool, known as the ... Read More »

ICPPF 2017 : 19th International Conference on Plasma Physics and Fusion

WASET Amsterdam, The Netherlands January 23 – 24, 2017 Conference Aims and Objectives The ICPPF 2017: 19th International Conference on Plasma Physics and Fusion aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Plasma Physics and Fusion. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for ... Read More »

TU/e scientists named ITER Scientist Fellow

TU/e 14 September 2016 Last week, two TU/e scientists, Federico Felici and Guido Huijsmans, have been named ITER Scientist Fellow. The ITER Scientist Fellows are willing to share and apply their expertise to solve some of ITER’s high priority research needs. ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is an international nuclear fusion research and engineering project, which will be the world’s ... Read More »

A computing power-house starts in Italy

Euro-fusion.org 14th September 2016 Marconi Fusion hosted at CINECA Marconi-Fusion, the new High Performance Computer (HPC) for fusion applications, was inaugurated at the CINECA headquarters in Bologna on 14 September 2016. The goal of this system will be to provide a common HPC platform for European fusion researchers. In 2015, EUROfusion’s highest decision-making body, the General Assembly, selected Italian Research ... Read More »

PPPL internship inspires grad student intern to pursue plasma physics

PPPL By Jeanne Jackson DeVoe | September 9, 2016 Hanna Schamis, a Science Undergraduate Laboratory intern at PPPL, in front of the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U) When Hanna Schamis packed her bags for graduate school this summer, she already had two summers of hands-on research under her belt as an intern at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton ... Read More »

Sabbagh to Lead $3 Million International Grant on Sustained Tokamak Operation

Columbia Engineering APAM senior research scientist and adjunct professor Dr. Steven A. Sabbagh will lead a new joint international grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to study high performance tokamak plasma disruption prediction and avoidance in the long-pulse Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) located in Daejeon, South Korea. APAM associate research scientist Dr. Young-Seok Park will be ... Read More »

Fusion Has Potential To Meet Global Energy Requirements, Says IAEA’s Amano

Nucnet.org 09.09.2016 Fusion energy has the potential to become a virtually inexhaustible, safe and environmentally friendly energy source, capable of meeting global energy requirements, International Atomic Energy Agency director-general Yukiyo Amano said during a visit to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) construction site in southern France. IAEA director-general Yukiyo Amano Mr Amano welcomed the progress being made at the ... Read More »

Scientists move step closer to solving fusion plasma dilemma

Phys.org September 12, 2016 The figure above shows ELM structure in the ELM-crash-suppression phase. Black lines in the ECE image are the reconstructed flux surfaces and the red lines are the separatrix position. Credit: UNIST A team of researchers, affiliated with UNIST claims to have made yet another step towards finding a solution to one of the critical but unsolved ... Read More »

The ITER Tokamak Complex rises

Fusion for Energy 09 September 2016 View of the ITER construction site- Site Services building and Assembly Hall, August 2016, LNM (copyright) The impressive complex consisting of the Tokamak, Diagnostics and Tritium buildings is rising fast. The construction and reinforcement works of the floors, walls and ceilings are offering a rare view of the inner-core of this iconic edifice. To ... Read More »

Momentum builds on world’s biggest fusion reactor

districtenergy.org October 5, 2016 Future Power Magazine (Net Resources International [NRI]) reports on the latest progress in nuclear fusion. The report notes that fusion power is the ultimate carbon-free energy source, but getting net energy out of the process is not yet practically viable. It currently takes more energy to initiate and contain a fusion reaction than the amount of ... Read More »

Iranian sun

sciencemag.com Richard Stone | 09 Sep 2016 A fusion research program nurtured in isolation could blossom as Iran joins the ITER megaproject. Islamic Azad University’s Chinese-made tokamak could see action as an ITER test bed. PHOTO: FARHAD BABAEI The Damavand tokamak is an unlikely emblem of hope for Iranian science. Named after Iran’s tallest mountain, it looks like an antique ... Read More »

Future Nuclear Engineers Research Fusion at General Atomics

Engineering.com Meghan Brown | September 06, 2016 These 2016 GA undergraduate interns in fusion science and plasma physics continued a program so successful it has generated second- and third-generation scientists. Pictured here at DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego. (Image courtesy of General Atomics) The start of the school year also means the end of the summer internship season. ... Read More »

A first for direct-drive fusion

University of Rochester September 6, 2016 bank of lighted laser amplifiersThe OMEGA laser’s 20-cm disk amplifiers at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. (Photo by Adam Fenster/University of Rochester) Scientists at the University of Rochester have taken a significant step forward in laser fusion research. Experiments using the OMEGA laser at the University’s Laboratory of Laser Energetics (LLE) ... Read More »

29th SOFT opens its curtains in Prague

ITER News 05 SEP, 2016 – Sabina Griffith The 29th edition of the Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT) today opened its curtains in the Czech capital of Prague. With 30 exhibitors and more than 800 scheduled posters and presentations, SOFT once more proves to be one of the major platforms for exchanging the latest developments in fusion research and fusion ... Read More »

PPPL intern creates software for snapshot of plasma in NSTX-U

PPPL By Jeanne Jackson DeVoe | September 2, 2016 (Photo by Chris Cane/PPPL Office of Communications) Max Wallace, a Community College intern from Laney College in Oakland, California, shows fellow intern Priya Jaglal a poster on his research during a student poster session at PPPL on Aug. 10. Wallace developed software to allow scientists to get a quick snapshot of ... Read More »

Fusing Energies

Swarthmore College By Ryan DoughertyAugust 3rd, 2016 From left: Professor and Department Chair of Physics & Astronomy Mike Brown, Jeremy Han ’17, Jaron Shrock ’18, Bryn Mawr College Assistant Professor of Physics David Schaffner, and postdoctoral research fellow Manjit Kaur in the Swarthmore Spheromak Experiment lab. Could a magnetic blob percolating at Swarthmore save the world? No, that’s not the ... Read More »

One Step Closer in Generating Power Out of Nuclear Fusion

Gineersnow.com 29.08.2016 Via Princeton Plasma Physics Lab There are different ways to generate power out of renewable sources, but rarely does fusion power – the result of fusing the nuclei of two or more lighter atoms into one heavier nucleus – come into mind. Although it holds a promise in providing a low-cost, sustainable energy resource, scientists say that we’re ... Read More »

Feasible Nuclear Fusion reactors will be made possible by the U.S Physicists

The Tech News AUGUST 29, 2016 IRENE ADLER The ultimate race all the scientists in the world are competing for constructing the very first nuclear fusion machine. This machine will have the ability to imitate the energy generating process that has been constantly been fueling our Sun for 4.5 billion years! Consequently, the whole mankind will have access to the ... Read More »

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 »