Fusion Videos

New research on fusion triple product and power gain – why it’s important

New evidence published this week opens up a route to faster fusion energy development with smaller fusion machines. Find out about the science behind this discovery and why it’s so exciting for the fusion field. Modelling work by Dr Alan Costley for Tokamak Energy, indicates that small-scale fusion is the new way forward for fusion power because energy surplus is ... Read More »

ARC Divertor Design Class Final Presentation

Following on the success of the first iteration of the ARC fusion reactor design class, Professor Dennis Whyte, director of MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, has led a new team of students to create a viable solution for the heat exhaust system on ARC. Presented in this video is the vision for what this heat exhaust system might look ... Read More »

Powering the future with Dr Melanie Windridge

Powering the Future is the Institute of Physics Schools and College Lecture 2010. Delivered by physicist and science communicator Dr Melanie Windridge. Melanie is an expert on nuclear fusion and the reactions powering the sun. Read More »

Nuclear Fusion: Has Its Time Finally Arrived?

A panel discussion at the Milken Institute Published on May 2, 2016 Moderator Katie Fehrenbacher, Senior Writer, Fortune Speakers Michl Binderbauer, Chief Technology Officer, Tri Alpha Energy Michel Laberge, Founder and Chief Science Officer, General Fusion Thomas McGuire, Research Engineer and Scientist; Compact Fusion Principal Investigator, Lockheed Martin Dennis Whyte, Director, Plasma Science and Fusion Center, MIT It’s been called ... Read More »

Fusion: How to Put the Sun in a Magnetic Bottle – with Ian Chapman

By Royal Institution, Jun 8, 2016 Fusion energy has the potential to be one of the most important scientific breakthroughs. Physicist Ian Chapman explores the challenges in nuclear fusion and explains how the international ITER project hopes to demonstrate that fusion energy can be realised here on Earth. Ian Chapman received his MSc in Mathematics and Physics from Durham University ... Read More »

The Energy Crisis is Over!

Derek Sutherland exclaims that the energy crisis is over and explores how nuclear fusion can revolutionize energy production. Derek extols the many virtues of fusion and how with research and public support it can become reality. Derek Sutherland is a graduate research associate at the University of Washington (UW), and is also the CEO of CTFusion, a spin-off company dedicated ... 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 »

Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion?

Hank Magnuski on Feb 26, 2016 Nuclear fusion is the holy grail of energy generation because by fusing two hydrogen atoms together into a single helium atom it releases enormous amounts of energy, yet represents a clean, safe, sustainable and secure form of power. The most tried and true approach for generating nuclear fusion energy has been a tokamak fusion ... Read More »

Activation of Wendelstein 7-X

IPP Feb. 3, 2016 German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends & triggers the first Hydrogen Plasma experiment of the Wendelstein W7-X Stellarator fusion containment device. This is the Max Planck Institute official ceremony video from the Hydrogen Plasma initiation ceremony held 3 April 2016. You may advance the video to approximately 39 minutes to watch the Chancellor “push the button to ... Read More »

One step closer to fusion power

Published on Jan 21, 2016 by MIT For the first time, researchers show two types of turbulence within plasma that cause significant heat loss. Solving this problem could take the world a step closer to fusion power which has the promise of limitless and relatively clean energy. (Learn more: http://mitsha.re/XmrC3) Video produced and edited: Melanie Gonick/MIT Plasma simulations and Alcator ... Read More »

Wendelstein 7-X: The first helium plasma

On 10th December 2015 the first helium plasma was produced in the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald. After more than a year of technical preparations and tests, experimental operation has now commenced according to plan. Wendelstein 7-X, the world’s largest stellarator-type fusion device, will investigate the suitability of this type ... Read More »

Major Step Towards Fusion Power Acheived

Published on Nov 15, 2015 Graham Templeton of Extreme Tech reports that the first major fusion collaboration between Chinese and US research teams has released a surprising finding on the future of magnetic confinement fusion: by lowering the distance between the plasma and the wall of the chamber that contains it, they can actually make the system more stable. It ... Read More »

Strange twisted design could finally make fusion power a reality

Stellarator’ reactor to be turned on for first time: Strange twisted design could finally make fusion power a reality, say scientists It is an alternative to the common donut-shaped Tokamak reactor design W7-X reactor claims to be safer and more effective at containing plasma Device is currently awaiting regulatory approval for startup in November Read More »

Supercomputing for nuclear fusion | Santiago Badia

Fusion can change humanity forever by giving us a clean and unlimited source of energy, says Santiago Badia, from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona Tech (UPC), Spain. Badia introduces some of the challenges of working to make safe, efficient nuclear fusion a reality by 2040 at the World Economic Forum. Read More »

Sun to Sun – The Need for Fusion Energy

This video explains the need for fusion energy to meet the world’s energy needs. At 1 minute into this short video, Dr. Albert Einstein explains in his own voice the solution to today’s global warming debate and the solution to energy production for all people on Earth for eternity. At 2 minutes, this video explains that today we depend on ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion Within Reach

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. In a lab near Vancouver, Michel and his team are building a prototype fusion reactor that mimics the processes of the sun to produce cheap, clean and abundant energy. Michel Laberge is a renowned plasma ... Read More »

Fusion energy with Professor Steven Cowley

Professor Steven Cowley from the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, winner of the 2012 Glazebrook Medal awarded by the Institute of Physics for his leadership of the UK’s fusion energy programme and his seminal contributions to plasma and fusion science. The JET and MAST tokamaks at Culham Laboratory in Oxfordshire are the most successful fusion machines on the planet. “When ... Read More »

Faster fusion

Faster fusion exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015: http://sse.royalsociety.org/2015/fast…. Discover the promise of fusion power. Visit the Faster fusion exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015: http://sse.royalsociety.org/2015/ Read More »

Fusion Startups Seek Star Power

A growing number of private players like Lockheed Martin and Helion Energy believe they can commercialize fusion energy within a decade, promising a carbon-free energy source with effectively limitless fuel. But there’s considerable skepticism in the scientific community that these upstarts can achieve such ambitious timelines — or whether they can pull off fusion at all. Read More »

Fusion Propulsion for Exploration of the Solar System

JASON CASSIBRY Associate Professor UAH Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jason Cassibry is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville. Prior to this he worked as an assistant research professor following graduation from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His research involves the experimental and theoretical application of fluid mechanics, magnetohydrodynamics, ... Read More »

A smaller, faster, cheaper route to fusion energy

Fusion has the potential to be the perfect energy source—safe, clean, and limitless—but scientists are struggling to make it work. Now a change of shape may turn the mainstream reactor design, known as a tokamak, into something simpler, faster, and cheaper. Read More »

Opportunity Coalition: The Future of Energy

What is the future of energy? Chris Wright, CEO of Liberty Resources, talks about nuclear fusion and the oil supply 1,000 years from now. Learn more about the Opportunity Coalition here: http://opportunitycoalition.com/ Learn more about Brian Watson and other community building initiatives here: http://brianwatson.us/ Read More »

Fusion Energy: Utopian or Practical?

Andrew Zwicker is a physicist and science educator. The American Association of Physics Teachers has named him to its list of 75 leading contributors to physics education. For the past three years Zwicker has taken college undergraduates and K-12 teachers aboard the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s “Weightless Wonder” aircraft. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a ... Read More »

Wendelstein 7-X — from concept to reality

Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik What is the concept underlying the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device? The video, produced from various CADs, illustrates how the device is configured and what objectives are being pursued by the fusion research conducted at the Greifswald branch of Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics with Wendelstein 7-X. Read More »

Genesis and the Big Bang – the Video

A lecture by Dr. Gerald Schroeder on “Genesis and the Big Bang Theory”, which resolves the apparent conflict of the Genesis account of creation and scientific dating of the universe. Read more about Dr. Schroeder The above lecture by Dr. Schroeder is part of a vintage lecture series produced in the mid-2000s. Since that time Dr. Schroeder has refined his ... Read More »

Dr. Charles Forsberg and the MSR Molten Salt Reactor

Dr. Charles Forsberg of MIT and ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratories) talks about the potential benefits of the Molten Salt Reactor. In the future, fusion systems can be used to safely transmutate all the accumulated radioactive waste into safely disposable non-radioactive material from 430 plus nuclear reactors worldwide operating for the last 60 years. This provides an immensely important service ... Read More »

Redes Nuclear Fusion

Spanish language introduction to fusion energy and ITER with an extensive explanation and interview with Dr. Steve Cowley from the UK Culham Centre. Introducción al idioma español de la energía de fusión ITER y con una extensa explicación y la entrevista con el Dr. Steve Cowley del Centro Culham Reino Unido. Read More »

Fusion Reaction in the sky

February 11, 2015 marks five years in space for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which provides incredibly detailed images of the whole sun 24 hours a day. Capturing an image more than once per second, SDO has provided an unprecedentedly clear picture of how massive explosions on the sun grow and erupt ever since its launch on Feb. 11, 2010. The ... Read More »

RT award winning documentary on fusion and the ITER project status

On this award-winning show of Technology Update, we check up on one of largest international scientific collaborations ever, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. ITER has the potential to produce unlimited clean power by making the Holy Grail of energy production, nuclear fusion, a reality. Our journey takes us to the ITER construction site in sunny Cadarache in the south of ... Read More »

Thermonuclear fusion versus Murphy’s Law

Inaugural Lecture – Jeremy Chittenden, Professor of Plasma Physics and Co-director of the Centre for Inertial Fusion Studies in the Department of Physics, Imperial College London Published on Mar 27, 2014 on Youtube Read More »

Introduction and update on ITER

The world’s most powerful countries are collaborating on the ITER project (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) in France. The $20 billion facility will heat gas to 150 million degrees in an attempt to create a nuclear fusion reaction when it becomes fully operational in 2027. Read More »

Should Google Go Nuclear?

Posted on Youtube by Google Tech Talks on Oct.8, 2007 ABSTRACT This is not your father’s fusion reactor! Forget everything you know about conventional thinking on nuclear fusion: high-temperature plasmas, steam turbines, neutron radiation and even nuclear waste are a thing of the past. Goodbye thermonuclear fusion; hello inertial electrostatic confinement fusion (IEC), an old idea that’s been made new. ... Read More »

Culham Centre, UK: The future is fusion

Uploaded Jan. 25, 2012 by the UK’s Culham Centre for Fusion There’s nothing hotter than fusion at the moment (at up to several hundred million degrees, we mean that quite literally), so we were delighted to join forces with the UK Fusion Programme to make this… Read More »

Michel Laberge: How synchronized hammer strikes could generate nuclear fusion

Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. The plasma physicist runs a small company with a big idea for a new type of nuclear reactor that could produce clean, cheap energy. His secret recipe? High speeds, scorching temperatures and crushing pressure. In this hopeful talk, he explains how nuclear fusion might be just around the corner. Read More »

How viable is nuclear fusion as an energy source? – podcast

the Guardian Are scientific and industrial ideas about commercial nuclear fusion reactors in the near future just wishful thinking? Download the podcast At Iter in the south of France, seven international partners have pooled their financial and scientific resources to build the biggest fusion reactor in history. Their aim is to resolve critical scientific and technical issues, and take fusion ... Read More »