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 … Read moreChinese cities vie to harness the energy that powers the sun

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 … Read moreFeathers and whiskers help keep plasma superhot in fusion reactions

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 … Read moreUK fusion researchers welcome government support

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 … Read moreWorld’s Largest Plasma Injector Brings Commercial Fusion Energy a Step Closer

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

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 … Read moreDOE Urges National Academies Panel to ‘Be Bold’ in Fusion Strategic Plan

COLLIN STILLMAN

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), … Read moreCOLLIN STILLMAN

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 … Read moreTokamak Energy tops the charts in fusion energy research for 2017

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 … Read moreProton-Proton Fusion: Powering the Sun

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 … Read moreNew Physics Understanding Provides Attractive Path for Developing Fusion Energy via a Steady-State Tokamak