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Integrated simulations answer 20-year-old question in fusion research

MIT News Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering | February 16, 2018 Study finds that turbulence competes in fusion plasmas to rapidly respond to temperature perturbations. Pablo Rodriguez Fernandez, first author of the study and a graduate student in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Photo: Borja Santos Porras To make fusion energy a reality, scientists ... Read More »

New temperature record brings us one step closer to fusion energy

Miles O’Brien By FEDOR KOSSAKOVSKI 02.17.18. While we’ve been recently thinking about the nuclear threat from North Korea, progress is being made on a new and potentially game-changing source of energy: nuclear fusion. TAE Technologies, formerly Tri Alpha Energy, has announced that its newest experimental fusion machine, called Norman, has set a company temperature record: 35.5 million degrees Fahrenheit. Unlike ... Read More »

New turbulent transport modeling shows multiscale fluctuations in heated plasma

Phys.org February 13, 2018, American Institute of Physics Researchers at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, a DOE Office of Science user facility operated by General Atomics, used a “reduced physics” fluid model of plasma turbulence to explain unexpected properties of the density profile inside a tokamak experiment. Modeling plasma’s turbulent behavior could help scientists optimize the tokamak performance in future ... Read More »

Fusion Breakthroughs Among Highlights of the Department of Energy’s Research Milestones During the Past 40 Years

DOE News Credit: Image courtesy of Office of Science. Celebrating four decades of landmark research milestones. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science, the largest U.S. supporter of basic research in the physical sciences, celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding in 2017. To mark the 40th anniversary of Office of Science support for the country’s national laboratories ... Read More »

Fusion energy using tokamaks: can development be accelerated?

Royal Society Register for the conference Conference in London on March 26 & 27, 2018 Location The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG Overview Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Colin Windsor FRS, Professor Dennis Whyte, Dr Jack Connor FRS, Dr Melanie Windridge and Professor Guenter Janeschitz. Fusion power is one of the few options for ... Read More »

Smooth sailing: PPPL develops an integrated approach to understand how to better control instabilities in an international fusion device

PPPL February 12, 2018 PPPL physicist Francesca Poli ITER Plasma Cross-Section and Structures A key goal for ITER, the international fusion device under construction in France, will be to produce 10 times more power than goes into it to heat the hot, charged plasma that sustains fusion reactions. Among the steps needed to reach that goal will be controlling instabilities ... Read More »

TAE Technologies Gen 5 reactor targets tripling confinement with 10 times the power by 2020

Next Big Future February 10, 2018 TAE Technologies, Inc. (formerly Tri Alpha Energy), the world’s largest and most advanced private fusion company, has announced that its proprietary beam-driven field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasma generator, “Norman,” surpassed a new technical milestone, bringing the company closer to the reality of commercial fusion power. This latest achievement marks a significant step in the company’s ... Read More »

Norman fusion device reaches ‘long enough’ milestone

WNN 09 February 2018 TAE Technologies, the California, USA-based fusion energy technology company, has announced that its proprietary beam-driven field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasma generator has set a new company record for plasma temperature. After more than 4000 experiments to date, the generator ‘Norman’ has now exceeded the capabilities and performance of the company’s previous FRC plasma generator, C-2U. The Norman ... Read More »

Sixty years ago: How the “Zeta fiasco” pulled fusion out of secrecy

ITER 29 JAN, 2018 In those days—the late 1950s—pinch machines ruled the world of fusion. Although tokamaks were already under development in the Soviet Union, it would be more than a decade before they became the dominant form of fusion device. A “circular pinch” machine, Zeta operated at Harwell (UK) between 1957 and 1968. At the time of its construction, ... Read More »

National Academies Panel Warns Against US Withdrawal From ITER

AIP 9 January 2018 A new National Academies report warns that withdrawing from ITER, a mammoth international fusion project under construction in France, could jeopardize the U.S.’s pursuit of commercial fusion energy. The report also calls for a national strategic fusion plan to resolve issues that will not be addressed through ITER. This article was first published in the Politics ... Read More »

The National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX)

American Security Project THE LARGEST PROJECT AT PPPL TODAY IS THE NATIONAL SPHERICAL TORUS EXPERIMENT (NSTX), WHICH BEGAN OPERATION IN 1999 AND IS PRESENTLY UNDERGOING A MAJOR UPGRADE. NSTX is a major element in the U.S. Fusion Energy Sciences Program. It is designed to test the physics principles of spherical torus (ST) plasmas. NSTX produces a plasma that is shaped ... Read More »

Model predicts scenarios for power generation using nuclear fusion

Phys.org January 30, 2018 Nuclear fusion for the controlled and regular generation of electric power by converting hydrogen into helium and reproducing on a small scale what happens within stars is one of the foremost technological promises for coming decades. So far, only limited results have been achieved in laboratory experiments. Now, a prototype reactor called ITER is under construction ... Read More »

Chinese companies ship parts for ITER nuclear fusion project

ECNS 2018-01-30 Critical parts are packaged in Zhangjiagang City, east China’s Jiangsu Province, for assembly in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), an international nuclear fusion project in France, Jan. 28, 2018. (Photo/China News Service) Chinese companies shipped four critical parts to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), an international nuclear fusion project in France, the equipment builders have said. ... Read More »

Doctoral Candidate (PhD) in the area of edge-plasma physics in magnetic fusion devices

PhD Positions 28. januar 2018 (Finland) Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland. ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion: the end of our energy problem?

CNN January 25, 2018 Professor Thomas Klinger heads up one of the world’s most advanced nuclear fusion projects at the Max Planck Institute in Greifswald, Germany, where 400 scientists from around the world have invested over one million manpower hours to build the Wendelstein 7-X, a prototype nuclear fusion reactor. It’s called nuclear fusion: a method to produce energy which ... Read More »


Study Breaks By Elizabeth Ivanecky, McMaster University The Baltimore student, whose research includes a stint at the Large Hadron Collider, is the school’s first-ever Rhodes scholar. UMBC student Naomi Mburu is the first-ever Rhodes scholar from her school (Image via Mburu) A senior chemical engineering student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Naomi Mburu is the first UMBC ... Read More »

The long wait for fusion power may be coming to an end

Mach Dec.29.2017 Construction is underway at the ITER fusion reactor in southern France on Dec. 5, 2017.ITER Organization/EJF Riche Renewable energy sources like solar and wind account for a growing share of the world’s electric power. That’s no surprise, given concerns about the carbon emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants and their harmful effect on the climate. Nuclear energy offers ... Read More »

Tokamak cooling system Final design achieved

ITER 22 JAN, 2018 After a comprehensive re-design of the tokamak cooling water system, manufacturing can now begin for components that, according to construction sequencing requirements, need to be installed before the machine’s First Plasma. At your home, water is delivered to the tap at a flow rate of 0.1 m³/ second, a velocity of 1 metre/ second, and at ... Read More »

Harnessing nuclear fusion power key to future

University of Saskatchewan SARATH PEIRIS Jan 17, 2018 With Canada’s only tokamak fusion reactor, the University of Saskatchewan has long been on the front lines of nuclear fusion experimentation. Akira Hirose (front left) and Prof. Chijin Xiao (front right) with students, and tokamak in the background. Fusion is what powers the sun, where massive gravitational forces fuse together 600 tons ... Read More »

Vertical Stability Improved for S. Korean Tokamak

Engineering 360 S. Himmelstein | 19 January 2018 Cross-section of the KSTAR tokamak showing select hardware components of the vertical control system: new magnetic flux loops (magenta circles) used to infer the vertical position of the plasma and vertical magnetic field coils (red squares) that control the position. A new algorithm sustained a stable plasma discharge #18380 (magenta) that was ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion: What It Is And Why It Matters To You

Prepare for Change January 18, 2018 by John Hawthorne There always has been and always will be an energy race. No matter the decade, millennium, or generation, humans have always found themselves in search of the next big thing to power their lives. In antiquity, the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Persians, and Asians managed to build grand civilizations using only manual ... Read More »

Industry set to benefit from new investment at Culham

CCFE 18/01/2018 More than 80 delegates representing key stakeholders across the UK nuclear sector have heard details of potential multi-million-pound contracts coming from ITER that they can target as part of the Government’s recent £86 million investment in Culham. John Devine, head of exports and investment on the civil nuclear team at the Department for International Trade, kicked off the ... Read More »

Alternative Fusion Concepts: Helion Energy

Eurofusion January 16th 2018 Helion Energy Fusion research benefits from its variety of labs and approaches. Not all of the ideas and concepts belong to EUROfusion or publicly funded research. Private companies, even far beyond European borders, are also trying to bring fusion energy to life. In this series, Fusion in Europe introduces different approaches and provides an outline indicating ... Read More »

A lot of good neutron science

Eurofusion January 16th 2018 Participants in the WP JET3 Annual General Monitoring Meeting in Culham on December 4-7, 2017. Picture: Copyright protected by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority) Scientists at the Joint European Torus (JET) have been working feverishly to prepare experiments which allow the improved measurements of neutrons for the planned tritium (T) and deuterium-tritium (DT) campaigns. Those ... Read More »

Over $500,000 Raised! Closer to Clean Energy!

LPPFusion Eric J. Lerner | Jan 14 2018 Thanks to 233 far-sighted investors we have now raised $503,000, over half way to the one million dollars we need to quicken our research for safe, clean, cheap and unlimited energy! This half-way mark was achieved Jan 12, just two months and 3 days into our Wefunder campaign. This is also well ... Read More »

Interview with Christopher Mowry

TheFutureEconomy.ca One of the Big Challenges of the Future Economy: The density of manufactured energy Christofer Mowry CEO & Director General Fusion Christofer Mowry has 30 years of global experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors, including power, oil & gas, automation, and process industries. He was most recently CEO and Chairman of General Synfuels International (GSI), a privately held ... Read More »

Compact Fusion: Are the Energy Equations About to Change?

Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis Atul Pant | January 10, 2018 Power generation through fusion reaction has been one of the most attractive fields of nuclear research and has consequently seen considerable investment since the middle of the last century. While the world has been awaiting a breakthrough in an affordable and clean power source for long, nuclear fusion ... Read More »

27th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2018)

IAEA 22–27 October 2018, Ahmedabad, India The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) fosters the exchange of scientific and technical results in nuclear fusion research and development through its series of Fusion Energy Conferences. The 27th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2018) aims to provide a forum for the discussion of key physics and technology issues as well as innovative concepts ... Read More »

Six postdocs connect tokamak and stellarator

Eurofusion January 3rd 2018 The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Germany offers unique possibilities. It features not one, but two of the most advanced fusion experiments available. The Greifswald branch hosts the stellarator Wendelstein 7-X and the Garching institute operates the tokamak ASDEX Upgrade. Why not make use of the best of both worlds? For the first ... Read More »

Leading: Powering up nuclear fusion at Tokamak Energy

Institute of Mechanical Engineers 01 Jan 2018 Jonathan Carling, the new Chief Executive of Tokamak Energy, on moving from luxury cars and engines to nuclear fusion Jonathan Carling, chief executive of Tokamak Energy, which received investment to develop its nuclear fusion technology from the IMechE’s Stephenson Fund (Credit: Tokamak Energy) I was sponsored through university by Jaguar, and I spent ... Read More »

ITER Nuclear Reactor May Be The “Holy Grail” of Limitless Renewable Energy

Futurism by Dom Galeon on December 30, 2017 Not Just More Stable Overcoming a series of setbacks, an international project to build what could be a revolutionary nuclear fusion reactor, which will produce renewable energy, has reached a major milestone. Half of the infrastructure required for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project has now been completed — seven years ... Read More »

The long wait for fusion power may be coming to an end

NBC by Tom Metcalfe / Dec.29.2017 Some experts think commercial fusion reactors could begin operation as soon as 2030. Construction is underway at the ITER fusion reactor in southern France on Dec. 5, 2017.ITER Organization/EJF Riche Renewable energy sources like solar and wind account for a growing share of the world’s electric power. That’s no surprise, given concerns about the ... Read More »

Vortex Method of Localization of Thermonuclear Plasma

Journal of Power and Energy Engineering Vol.05 No.12(2017), Article ID:81037,8 pages 10.4236/jpee.2017.512008 By Eugeniy Pavlovich Smirnov Independent Researcher, Moscow, Russia Received: October 19, 2017; Accepted: December 11, 2017; Published: December 14, 2017 Abstract An important task of world energy is to solve the problem of controlled thermonuclear fusion and the information presented in the article can be used in power ... Read More »

Chinese cities vie to harness the energy that powers the sun

South China Morning Post 26 December, 2017 Central government backs plan to build world’s first experimental nuclear fusion power station Chinese scientists install an experimental tokamak reactor at a research facility in Hefei, Anhui province, in February 2006. Photo: EPA At least three Chinese cities are vying to host the world’s first experimental nuclear fusion power station after the country’s ... Read More »

Feathers and whiskers help keep plasma superhot in fusion reactions

PPPL December 21, 2017 Physicist Charles Swanson Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have found a way to prevent plasma — the hot, charged state of matter composed of free electrons and atomic nuclei — from causing short circuits in machines such as spacecraft thrusters, radar amplifiers, and particle accelerators. In findings published ... Read More »

UK fusion researchers welcome government support

WNN 08 December 2017 The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has welcomed the government’s investment of GBP86 million that will fund the building and operation of a National Fusion Technology Platform (NaFTeP) at Culham Science Centre, which is expected to open in 2020. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced the new funding as part of a series ... Read More »

World’s Largest Plasma Injector Brings Commercial Fusion Energy a Step Closer

General Fusion 21 Dec 2017 General Fusion achieves first plasma in new machine – a milestone for private fusion venture Vancouver, Canada – Ten times more powerful than its predecessor, the world’s largest and most powerful plasma injector has begun operation at General Fusion’s facilities in Vancouver, Canada. This new machine (PI3) recently generated its first plasma, marking a significant ... Read More »

Withdrawal from ITER Could Isolate U.S. Scientists from International Effort on Fusion Energy, New Report Says

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine Dec. 21, 2017 WASHINGTON – A decision by the U.S. to withdraw from the ITER project – a large international burning plasma experiment – could isolate scientists from the international effort and require a new domestic approach to study fusion, says a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This ... Read More »

DOE Urges National Academies Panel to ‘Be Bold’ in Fusion Strategic Plan

AIP By Mitch Ambrose | 9 June 2017 A National Academies panel tasked with developing a multi-decade strategy for magnetically confined burning plasma research held its first meeting on June 5. The head of the Energy Department’s fusion energy sciences program urged the panel to “be bold” in its report, which will consider scenarios in which the U.S. remains in ... Read More »


Krell Institute Fellow Reflections University of Rochester Collin Stillman configures the target chamber for a plasma experiment at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Image courtesy of Collin Stillman. Collin Stillman creates bits of stars on Earth for his University of Rochester doctoral research. The university houses the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), home to some of the ... Read More »

Tokamak Energy tops the charts in fusion energy research for 2017

Tokamak Energy 20 December 2017 Research charting new route to fusion holds top three positions in ‘most read’ charts Oxfordshire based company research papers hold top spot for third year running While Ed Sheeran battles it out for the Christmas number one, fusion scientists have their own charts of exciting results, the Nuclear Fusion journal’s ‘most read’ papers chart. This ... Read More »

Proton-Proton Fusion: Powering the Sun

DOE 12.19.17 Two protons (green), after “tunneling’’ through their repulsive electrostatic barrier and undergoing weak and strong interactions, fuse together to produce a deuteron (the lightest nucleus) (yellow), a positron, and a neutrino. The Science The fusion of two protons initiates the primary nuclear cycle that powers the Sun. The rate of this low-energy, weak-interaction fusion is too small to ... Read More »

New Physics Understanding Provides Attractive Path for Developing Fusion Energy via a Steady-State Tokamak

Newswise 2017-12-19 International collaborators advance physics basis for tokamak plasma confinement at low rotation, potentially benefiting a fusion reactor. Credit: Image courtesy of General Atomics/DIII-D National Fusion Facility U.S.- and China-based magnetic fusion scientists in the control room of the DIII-D tokamak in San Diego. Inset: Almost identical electron temperature profiles (shown in top plot versus the normalized radial coordinate ... Read More »

Are there any other tokamaks in operation around the world?

Eurofusion Q. Are there any other tokamaks in operation around the world? A. There are many tokamaks in operation around the world, all contributing to international efforts to realise commercial fusion power. As well as JET, the other tokamaks in Europe, which are part of the EUROfusion agreement include ASDEX -Upgrade, MAST-Upgrade, TCV, and WEST. There are also tokamaks operating ... Read More »

Focus: Video—Nuclear Fusion in Hi-Def

Physics December 15, 2017 A new model provides a detailed visualization of the clustering of protons and neutrons within the excited nuclear compound formed just after two nuclei collide and fuse. B. Schuetrumpf and W. Nazarewicz, Phys. Rev. C (2017) Merger snapshots. Simulations reveal the clustering of protons and neutrons within the nuclear compound formed after two oxygen-16 nuclei collide ... Read More »

MIT Researchers made a major discovery in Fusion Energy, but the lack of support continues to undermine its development

American Security Project Oct 27, 2017 On June 2017, a study was published by the scientific journal Nature Physics, announcing an advance toward fusion energy development. Researchers at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) partnered with scientists from the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire, U.K. to develop “a new type of nuclear fusion fuel that produces ... Read More »