Materials for nuclear fusion: how do you confine a sun to a box?

Oxford 18th May 2018 by Jack Haley Nuclear fusion – energy of the future? Modern nuclear power plants produce power from the energy produced during nuclear fission, where heavy and unstable atoms are split open. Typically, a neutron will react with an atom of Uranium-235 to produce two smaller atoms, for example Rubidium and Caesium, … Read moreMaterials for nuclear fusion: how do you confine a sun to a box?

Faster nuclear fusion work

Engineerlive.com 22nd May 2018 Case study showing how advanced technology is speeding up MRO at the world’s largest nuclear fusion facility As the world’s largest nuclear fusion power experiment, the JET (Joint European Torus) nuclear fusion tokamak is designed to harness energy with the intention of furthering the development of fusion power generation. Fusion is … Read moreFaster nuclear fusion work

General Fusion Demo Nuclear fusion plant around 2023 and after that commercial fusion – C2 Montreal

Next Big Future May 23, 2018 This is information from an interview with Christofer Mowry, CEO of General Fusion. The highlights are that General Fusion is rapidly pushing ahead to achieve commercialization and the next step is to make a 70% scale pilot plant that will prove out the viability of generating electricity from General … Read moreGeneral Fusion Demo Nuclear fusion plant around 2023 and after that commercial fusion – C2 Montreal

Steven Cowley named director of DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL May 16, 2018 Steven Cowley (Photo courtesy of Steven Cowley) By Office of Communications, Princeton University PRINCETON, New Jersey — Steven Cowley, a theoretical physicist and international authority on fusion energy, has been named director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), effective July 1. Cowley has served as … Read moreSteven Cowley named director of DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Physicists to create new X-ray diagnostics for the WEST fusion device in France

Phys.org May 11, 2018 by Raphael Rosen From left PPPL physicists Ken Hill, Luis Delgado-Aparicio, and Brentley Stratton. Credit: Elle Starkman A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has won a DOE Office of Science award to develop new X-ray diagnostics for WEST—the Tungsten (W) Environment … Read morePhysicists to create new X-ray diagnostics for the WEST fusion device in France

Divertor Tokamak Test Facility to be built in Italy

Fusion Group May 11, 2018 by Xavier Sáez The Divertor Tokamak Test (DTT) Facility will be built in Frascati, Rome, Italy, as has been announced by Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA). It will be part of the International Center of Excellence for nuclear fusion research and will have … Read moreDivertor Tokamak Test Facility to be built in Italy

General Atomics Creates Free App for Plasma Physicists

General Atomics Even in the extremely complex world of plasma physics, it turns out there’s an app for that. San Diego-based General Atomics (GA) is making its first foray into mobile application development, deploying a new app to help physicists work out the characteristics of plasmas on the fly. Called Plasmatica, it takes up to … Read moreGeneral Atomics Creates Free App for Plasma Physicists

Eliminating small instabilities in tokamaks before they become disruptions

Phys.org May 3, 2018, US Department of Energy A simulation shows (a) a disruptive instability in the DIII-D tokamak, a cross-section (b) of orbits of trapped energetic ions (black) interacting with the magnetic instability (colors), and the dependence of the critical stability threshold (c) in the ratio of thermal to magnetic energy, βc, as a … Read moreEliminating small instabilities in tokamaks before they become disruptions

UR laser lab survives Trump threat, stays in energy race

Rochester City Newspaper By Tim Louis Macaluso | May 2, 2018 The University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics is one of the most important scientific research facilities in the country. As one of several facilities that test the United States’ nuclear stockpile for readiness, it plays a critical role in deterring adversaries from attacking … Read moreUR laser lab survives Trump threat, stays in energy race

Alabama Power’s Smart Neighbourhood homes sold out

Metering.com May 2, 2018 Alabama Power has announced that their Smart Neighbourhood programme is near completion, bringing together high-performance homes, energy efficient systems, connected devices and a microgrid on a community-wide scale. All the homes in the neighbourhood have been sold, with about half now occupied. The remaining homes under construction are expected to be … Read moreAlabama Power’s Smart Neighbourhood homes sold out