Fusion News

Can Nuclear Fusion Save the Planet?

triplepundit.com Michael Kourabas | Thursday November 13th, 2014 Nuclear fusion’s tenuous future as a reliable energy source is perhaps best illustrated by the history of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project. The project is under construction (here the round shape of the future Tokamak is now apparent in June 2013) and should be turned on within a decade. Our ... Read More »

‘Skunk power’ creates confusion over nuclear fusion

BBC by Matt McGrath, Nov. 24, 2014 Lockheed Martin is working on a device that could become a compact fusion reactor Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is doing its best to shatter my favourite science cliche. “Nuclear fusion is just 30 years away – and always will be.” The advanced projects team at Lockheed, known as Skunk Works, has unveiled a ... Read More »

National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) Getting $94M Upgrade

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory The National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX), which is undergoing a $94 million upgrade that will make it the most powerful experimental fusion facility, or tokamak, of its type in the world when work is completed. Experiments will test the ability of the upgraded spherical facility to maintain a high-performance plasma under conditions of extreme heat and ... Read More »

How close are we to a nuclear fusion reactor?

Materials World Magazine Author : Eoin Redahan 01 Dec 2014 Sandia National Laboratories The idea of nuclear fusion appears otherworldly. Here is a carbon emissions-free process that produces four times more power than nuclear fission. The waste can eventually be disposed of safely, and the fuel sources – deuterium and tritium – are abundant. But after 60 years of nuclear ... Read More »

Inside the Dynomak: A Fusion Technology Cheaper Than Coal

Modifying the most common type of experimental reactor might finally make fusion power feasible By Evan Ackerman Posted 26 Nov 2014 | 16:00 GMT Photo: Michelle Ma/University of Washington Helicity Hero: A trio of “magnetic helicity injectors” are the key to the University of Washington’s HIT-SI3 fusion experiment. Fusion power has many compelling arguments in its favor. It doesn’t produce ... Read More »

Fusion Energy: Hope or Hype?

By David Bailey and Jonathan Borwein, Huffington Post David H. Bailey Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (retired) and University of California, Davis Jonathan M. Borwein Laureate Professor of Mathematics, University of Newcastle, Australia The IPCC Report’s Warning The latest draft edition of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report bluntly warns that business-as-usual increases in greenhouse-gas emissions will cause ... Read More »

false dawns

Hermit Abroad OCTOBER 28, 2014 To anyone worried about climate change the announcement by Lockheed Martin that it is developing a fusion reactor that will be ready for market within ten years could be seen as a cause for hope. Though I’ve yearned for this development for years, now I’m not so sure. Our technologies are causing ecological degradation and ... Read More »

Viewpoint: Magnetic Fields Lock in the Heat for Fusion

By Riccardo Betti on Physics Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester NY 14627, USA Published October 14, 2014 | Physics 7, 105 (2014) | DOI: 10.1103/Physics.7.105 Sandia researchers demonstrate that magnetic fields help retain heat in an imploding pellet of fuel, increasing the number of fusion reactions. Experimental Demonstration of Fusion-Relevant Conditions ... Read More »

Low-Cost Fusion Project Steps Out of the Shadows and Looks for Money

From NBC News A hush-hush nuclear fusion project that’s received $12 million from the U.S. Navy is now sharing what it calls encouraging results — and looking for private investment. For years, EMC2 Fusion Development Corp. has had to conduct its research into what’s known as Polywell fusion outside public view because the Navy wanted it that way. Now the ... Read More »

Lockheed Martin’s Fusion Energy Reactor Design Criticized, But U.S. Nuclear Power Plans Also Called ‘Unsatisfactory’

From Inquisitr Lockheed Martin’s fusion energy reactor design is drawing some heat from other scientists, although heat is said to be precisely the problem. But the Skunk Works team is not alone in receiving criticism since other U.S. fusion energy plans are being considering “unsatisfactory” by a meeting of peers. In a related report by The Inquisitr, Lockheed Martin claims ... Read More »

Scientists Are Bashing Lockheed Martin’s Nuclear Fusion ‘Breakthrough’

Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor at PPPL. From Business Insider Researchers at Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Skunk Works, announced on Wednesday their ongoing work on a new technology that could bring about functional nuclear reactors powered by fusion in the next 10 years. But most scientists and science communicators we talked to are skeptical of the claim. “The nuclear engineering clearly fails ... Read More »

Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details

Lockheed Martin aims to develop compact reactor prototype in five years, production unit in 10 Guy Norris | Aviation Week & Space Technology Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s ... Read More »

Washington State University fusion reactor concept could be cheaper than coal

From the University of Washington by Michelle Ma This announcement was also published at Phys.org Fusion energy almost sounds too good to be true – zero greenhouse gas emissions, no long-lived radioactive waste, a nearly unlimited fuel supply. The UW’s current fusion experiment, HIT-SI3. It is about one-tenth the size of the power-producing dynomak concept.U of Washington The UW’s current ... Read More »

Does Lockheed Martin Really Have a Breakthrough Fusion Machine?

MIT Technology Review By David Talbot on October 20, 2014 Lockheed Martin says it will have a small fusion reactor prototype in five years but offers no data. The interior of Lockheed Martin’s fusion reactor shows a series of rings used to create magnetic fields that confine plasma. Lockheed Martin’s announcement last week that it had secretly developed a promising ... Read More »

Russia develops hybrid fusion-fission reactor, offers China role

RT Oct.17, 2014 The view of the Kurchatov Institute National Research Center, Moscow.(RIA Novosti / Alexey Kudenko) / RIA Novosti Russia is developing a hybrid nuclear reactor that uses both nuclear fusion and fission, said head of leading nuclear research facility. The project is open for international collaboration, particularly from Chinese scientists. A hybrid nuclear reactor is a sort of ... Read More »

Scientists Skeptical of Lockheed’s Fusion Breakthrough

Defense Tech BRENDAN MCGARRY on OCTOBER 16, 2014 Experts were skeptical of Lockheed Martin Corp.‘s claims this week that it plans to build a fusion reactor small enough to fit on the back of a truck over the next decade. The Bethesda, Maryland-based company — the world’s largest defense contractor, known for its stealth fighter jets and guided missiles — ... Read More »

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project

Reuters BY ANDREA SHALAL WASHINGTON Wed Oct 15, 2014 The magnetic coils inside the compact fusion experiment pictured in an undated photo provided by Lockheed Martin. CREDIT: REUTERS/LOCKHEED MARTIN (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit ... Read More »

As threatened, Senate budgetmakers move to end U.S. participation in ITER

sciencemag By Adrian Cho 2 July 2014 ITER, under construction Budgetmakers in the U.S. Senate have moved to halt U.S. participation in ITER, the huge international fusion experiment now under construction in Cadarache, France, that aims to demonstrate that nuclear fusion could be a viable source of energy. Although the details are not available, Senate sources confirm a report by ... Read More »

Fusion Stellarator Starts Up

IEEE Spectrum Alexander Hellemans, 21 May 2014 Alternate design to ITER might ultimately be better for generating electricity Finishing Up: In November 2011 the interior of the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator fusion experiment was still open. Among the guts visible are the plasma vessel and one of the coils that produce the complex magnetic field that contains the plasma. Photo: Bernhard ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion: an answer to China’s energy problems?

China Dialog Olivia Boyd 12.2.2013 China could lead the way to a clean and boundless energy supply – if it can ever be made to work. Scientist Steven Cowley talks to chinadialogue. A nuclear fusion display in the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Fusion could one day meet 25% of the world’s energy needs, says Steven Cowley. (Image by kpfellows) ... Read More »

Plasma experiment demonstrates admirable self-control

phys.org November 13, 2013 Scientists from the EAST tokamak experiment work with their US colleagues in control room of the DIII-D tokamak where they carried out experiments to test concepts that will enable groundbreaking experiments in EAST in 2014. Credit: Andrea Garofalo A team of Chinese and American scientists has learned how to maintain high fusion performance under steady conditions ... Read More »

How Texas Lost the World’s Largest Super Collider

Texas Monthly October 21, 2013 By Trevor Quirk The Higgs boson, a particle that has shaped the theories of modern particle physics, was discovered at a super collider in Geneva. It was a hugely significant moment for Big Science, one that received a Nobel Prize earlier this year—and it should have been discovered in Texas. Magnablend, a chemical blending plant, ... Read More »

Fusion experiments inch closer to break-even goal

CBS news October 8, 2013, 12:47 PM The unified lasers at the National Ignition Facility deliver 1.8 megajoules of energy and 500 terawatts of power, which is 1,000 times more than the United States uses at any one moment. DAMIEN JEMISON/LLNL Fusion energy has proven an elusive goal — a running joke is that humanity is 20 years away from ... Read More »

Michael Delage and General Fusion at Future of Nuclear 2013

FutureOfNuclear.com by Ian Angus McLennan September 18, 2013 What do Jeff Bezos, BDC, SDTC, Cenovus Energy, Chrysalix, Braemar, Entrepreneurs’ Fund, and Growthworks have in common? They’ve all invested in General Fusion. General Fusion was founded in 2002 with the goal of developing economically viable fusion power. Michael Delage, VP of Strategy and Corporate Development, will represent General Fusion as a ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion Rocket Could Reach Mars in 30 Days

space.com April 10, 2013 A concept image of a spacecraft powered by a fusion-driven rocket. In this image, the crew would be in the forward-most chamber. Solar panels on the sides would collect energy to initiate the process that creates fusion. Credit: University of Washington, MSNW Nuclear fusion, the energy source that fuels the sun and other active stars, could ... Read More »

Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Russia Join Forces on Nuclear Fusion

Forbes MAR 10, 2013 The Rusnano Group, a venture firm created by the government of Russia, is the latest investor to jump into Tri-Alpha Energy, one of the most potentially groundbreaking and mysterious companies in tech. Secret photos from a recent Tri-Alpha board meeting Tri-Alpha wants to bring nuclear fusion reactors to market, according to sources. Nuclear fusion power plants, ... Read More »

Fusion’s Missing Pieces

Scientific American, June 2012 Volume 306, Number 6 Geneva was cold and gray when air force one touched down in November 1985. President Ronald Reagan had come to meet Mikhail Gorbachev, the newly appointed leader of the Soviet Union. Reagan was convinced that the risk of catastrophic nuclear war was high, and he wanted to reduce the two superpowers’ swollen ... Read More »

Apparent breakthrough in nuclear fusion silenced by shutdown

CBS News The preamplifiers of the National Ignition Facility are the first step in increasing the energy of laser beams as they make their way toward the target chamber. LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY Scientists have come one step closer to harnessing the power of the sun. Researchers at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) have passed a milestone in achieving self-sustaining ... Read More »