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 … Read more Fusion Energy: Hope or Hype?

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 … Read more false dawns

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. … Read more Viewpoint: Magnetic Fields Lock in the Heat for Fusion

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

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

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. … Read more Scientists Are Bashing Lockheed Martin’s Nuclear Fusion ‘Breakthrough’

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 … Read more Washington State University fusion reactor concept could be cheaper than coal

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 … Read more Does Lockheed Martin Really Have a Breakthrough Fusion Machine?

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 … Read more Russia develops hybrid fusion-fission reactor, offers China role