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Ben Rhodes spins climate change

By Paul Driessen May 16, 2016 “Climate refugee” claims reflect deliberate mendacity and belief that we and reporters are stupid Employing his college degree in fiction writing, White House communications strategist Ben Rhodes wrote deceitful talking points on the Benghazi attack and one-sided Iran nuclear deal – and later bragged about manipulating “clueless reporters.” Perhaps he’s also orchestrating administration climate ... Read More »

Powerful physics 03 May 2016 Although driven by the promise of almost limitless energy, fusion research touches on plenty of gripping, fundamental physics — and the wider scientific community has every reason to be supportive. On the night of Halloween in 1997, the Joint European Torus (JET) in Culham, UK, had a treat in store: a new fusion power record of ... Read More »

A Major Upgrade of the Lithium Tokamak Experiment at PPPL Will Explore Liquid Lithium as a First Wall for Hot Plasmas

Newswise 10-May-2016 Source Newsroom: Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Newswise — A promising experiment that encloses hot, magnetically confined plasma in a full wall of liquid lithium is undergoing a $2 million upgrade at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). Engineers are installing a powerful neutral beam injector in the laboratory’s Lithium Tokamak Experiment (LTX), an ... Read More »

What are the Effects of Nuclear Fusion on International Relations?

By Dimitris Raptis, Junior Analyst KEDISA May 5, 2016 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is an independent international organization. The fundamental goal of the IAEA is the promotion of the peaceful use of nuclear technology, such as fusion energy. For many decades now the IAEA has worked towards promoting and providing safeguards against the misuse of nuclear technology and ... Read More »

Why the World’s Largest Nuclear Fusion Project May Never Succeed

Technology Review by Richard Martin May 4, 2016 The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project reached a critical phase last week, as a panel of experts convened to review the latest revised budget and time line to build the proposed fusion reactor delivered its findings. Launched in 2006, ITER has been plagued with delays and cost overruns as the challenge ... Read More »

Pakistan stays out of nuclear fusion project

THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE > PAKISTAN By Sehrish Wasif | May 5, 2016 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s ambition for securing membership to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) group – one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world – are being hindered by shortage of both funds and capable researchers, experts told The Express Tribune on Wednesday. For the last 13 ... Read More »

Scientists challenge conventional wisdom to improve predictions of the bootstrap current at the edge of fusion plasmas May 3, 2016 by John Greenwald Simulation shows trapped electrons at left and passing electron at right that are carried in the bootstrap current of a tokamak. Credit: Kwan Liu-Ma, University of California, Davis Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have challenged understanding of a key element in fusion plasmas. At issue ... Read More »

Nuclear techniques measure damage in superconducting cables for fusion energy research reactor May 2, 2016 ANSTO researchers have joined the thousands of experts from 35 countries working worldwide to resolve technological challenges relating to a world’s fusion energy collaboration, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France by assisting with neutron diffraction studies on the materials used in the superconducting cables. Measurements on the Kowari residual stress diffractometer in collaboration with ... Read More »

Fusion analysis suggests promise for smaller, cheaper reactors

the Engineer By Stuart Nathan 29th April 2016 New analysis of experimental plasma containment devices suggests that making energy from nuclear fusion might not require the building of enormous, complicated fusion reactors. Alan Costley, a physicist working for the company Tokomak Solutions in Culham, Oxfordshire, has written a paper in the journal Nuclear Fusion which suggests that there may only ... Read More »

The Secretive, Billionaire-Backed Plans to Harness Fusion

BBC By Jonathan Frochtzwajg, 28 April 2016 The founders of Amazon and Microsoft are putting their fortunes into little-known fusion energy companies. Jonathan Frochtzwajg digs into a story that has strange parallels with fiction. Inside a laboratory near Vancouver in British Columbia, an alarm is blaring. In the middle of the industrial warehouse stands what looks like a cannon from ... Read More »

Forging a Role in Low-end Nuclear Fusion John Draper April 22, 2016 Foreword The below lead op ed column, written with Dr. Peerasit Kamnuansilpa, a former dean of the College of Local Administration at Khon Kaen University, was published in the Bangkok Post on April 18, 2016. It notes that EMC2, a private company historically backed by the US Navy, DARPA, and the Los Alamos National ... Read More »

Fusion Reactor Still in Works

VOA George Putic | April 22, 2016 All today’s nuclear power plants make energy by thge splitting of uranium atoms — which creates a lot of useful heat but also a lot of dangerous and deadly nuclear waste. The opposite process — fusion — also creates heat but with hardly any pesky radiation. The problem is that fusion is way ... Read More »

NASA funds Direct Drive Fusion Propulsion

Next Big Future April 12, 2016 The Direct Fusion Drive (DFD) concept provides game-changing propulsion and power capabilities that would revolutionize interplanetary travel. DFD is based on the Princeton Field-Reversed Configuration (PFRC) fusion reactor under development at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The mission context we are proposing is delivery of a Pluto orbiter with a lander. The key objective ... Read More »

Milankovitch cycles

Encyclopedia of Earth Published: July 7, 2010, 4:09 pm Updated: August 1, 2012, 12:53 pm Author: Jeffrey Lee Topic Editor: Stephen J. Reid Source: UCAR – METED Milankovitch cycles refer to long term variations in the orbit of the Earth which result in changes in climate over periods hundred of thousands of years and are related to ice age cycles. ... Read More »

The Energy Race: Oil, Nuclear, Renewables Asad Hussain 08 APRIL 2016 It is an industry that dominates news outlets and dictates discourse of the current political environment. We are constantly told that we are in the midst of an oncoming energy crisis: our fossil fuel reserves are limited. Yet, fossil fuels are what we fundamentally rely upon. From major ventures such as electricity generation to ... Read More »

New device improves tokamak efficiency

The Engineer 7th April 2016 Scientists at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have designed a new device that uses liquid lithium to improve the performance of tokamaks. The white-hot limiter glowing in contact with the plasma (Credit: J.S. Hu) Known as a liquid lithium limiter, it circulates the molten metal around the tokamak walls, assisting fusion by preventing the ... Read More »

Prosecuting climate chaos skeptics with RICO

By Paul Driessen April 3, 2016 Al Gore, Torquemada Whitehouse, Democrat AGs threaten to silence and bankrupt skeptics It’s been a rough stretch for Climate Armageddon religionists and totalitarians. Real World science, climate and weather events just don’t support their manmade cataclysm narrative. The horrid consequences of anti-fossil fuel energy policies are increasingly in the news. And despite campaigns by ... Read More »

Energy Game Proposal

Power R Future Resource-Based Energy Simulation and Modeling Game Proposal 1 Copyright 2015-2016 | Proprietary to development team | All rights reserved The US Energy Problem in 2009 2 Copyright 2015-2016 | Proprietary to development team | All rights reserved The US Energy Problem in 2015 »EPA projects 180 GW of electric generation capacity will retire between 2010 ... Read More »

Highlight Seminar: Ned Sauthoff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory ABSTRACT Fusion powers the stars. By combining nuclei, fusion liberates more than a million times more energy per pound of fuel than by chemical reactions. The abundance of geographically dispersed fuel, combined with safety and environmental advantages, motivates the pursuit of controlled fusion as a possible source of power. A barrier to fusion reactions is the electrostatic repulsion of ... Read More »

Finding the funding for fusion energy

E&E Publishing Madelyn Beck, March 29, 2016 The threat of climate change has spurred more love from Congress for energy technology, but the love only goes so far. An energy source that promises to be the cleanest, most compact, most resource-friendly of them all is faced with a reception similar to a toddler getting a savings bond: It could be ... Read More »

Why Nuclear Fusion Is Always 30 Years Away

Discover By Nathaniel Scharping | March 23, 2016 The Joint European Torus tokamak generator, as seen from the inside. (Credit: EUROfusion) Nuclear fusion has long been considered the “holy grail” of energy research. It represents a nearly limitless source of energy that is clean, safe and self-sustaining. Ever since its existence was first theorized in the 1920s by English physicist ... Read More »

Energy for the Masses: Raiders of the Lost Promise – The Holy Grail of Nuclear Fusion By Penny Hitchin March 23, 2016 All You Ever Wanted to Know about Stellarators and Tokamaks The vast amounts of energy released by splitting the atom has enabled scientists to produce both nuclear power and nuclear weapons, demonstrating that mankind’s amazing technical and creative ingenuity is perhaps matched only by its morbidly mad inclination towards self-destruction. Just gaze at ... Read More »

MAST Upgrade

CCFE Culham Center for Fusion Energy The Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) facility at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is undergoing a major upgrade that will enhance the UK’s role in international fusion research. When completed in 2016/17, MAST Upgrade will enable scientists to: Make the case for a fusion Component Test Facility (CTF). A CTF would test reactor systems ... Read More »

PhD and MSc opportunities

CCFE Culham Centre for Fusion Energy Depending on resources, we aim every year to have new PhD and MSc projects with several UK universities addressing plasma physics, materials science and fusion engineering associated with tokamaks, providing a range of exciting research opportunities. The projects range from the theoretical, through computational modelling, to experimental studies. Most students are based at Culham ... Read More »

Inside the nuclear fusion machine that could give us unlimited energy: Video reveals giant reactor with magnets the size of a 747

Daily Mail By ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD 18 March 2016 Iter uses electric current to trap plasma inside a doughnut-shaped device long enough for fusion to occur Engineers in France are currently building its 18 magnets that each weigh between 113,400kg and 226,800kg Rocket scientists have been recruited to create super-strong materials that can hold these magnets in place Construction of the ... Read More »

Our Best Shot at Nuclear Fusion Needs Magnets That Weigh as Much as a Boeing 747

Gizmodo Jamie Condiff March 18, 2016 When it’s finally built, ITER will be the world’s biggest experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor—and probably our best chance to date for making nuclear fusion work. But engineers are currently toiling with building the damn thing and its magnets are proving to be a challenge. A toroidal fusion reactor like the the smaller Experimental ... Read More »

Legislative efforts highlight challenging path for fusion energy

Energywire Christa Marshall, E&E reporter March 18, 2016 The fusion debate on Capitol Hill is heating up. The issue popped up in a flurry of letters, bills and comments in the past week as appropriators weighed proposed cuts to the Department of Energy’s overall fusion budget. Congress also is waiting for a report from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on U.S. ... Read More »

Space Tech Is Helping Engineer the World’s Biggest Nuclear Fusion Reactor

Motherboard EMIKO JOZUKA 16 March 2016 Nuclear fusion is the energy of the Sun and stars, and there’s a global race to generate it as an alternative green energy source. But before researchers get started, they need to ensure that their nuclear fusion reactors can withstand the extreme temperatures produced when hydrogen atoms collide to form helium. To achieve this, ... Read More »

US Energy Dept hails progress on road to nuclear fusion

The Nation March 12, 2016 The path to creating sustainable fusion energy as a clean, abundant and affordable source of electricity has led to a point where the international fusion experiment, ITER, is poised to produce more energy than it uses when it is completed in 15 to 20 years, said Ed Synakowski, associate director of Science for Fusion Energy ... Read More »

Uncertainty Quantification at the 100 Million Degree Edge of the Burning Tokamak Plasma

University of Liverpool Supervisor(s) Edoardo Patelli (Engineering) Rob Akers (CCFE) Gillian Murray (VEC) Funding details a stipend of £17,057 pa for 4 years. For exceptional candidates this may increased. Starting Arrangements start date as soon as possible Restrictions on student nationality UK only The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is one of Europe’s leading nuclear research centres, closely collaborating ... Read More »

As hot as it gets Nature Physics 12, 14–17 (2016) doi:10.1038/nphys3625 Published online 07 January 2016 Didier Mazon, Christel Fenzi & Roland Sabot Sustaining and measuring high temperatures in fusion plasmas is a challenging task that requires different heating systems and diagnostic tools. Information on the spatial distribution of temperature is one of the key elements for improving and controlling plasma performance. At a ... Read More »

Multi-scale simulations solve a plasma turbulence mystery March 7, 2016 Image of the inside of MIT’s Alcator C-Mod tokamak, with a representative cross-section of a plasma. The inset shows the approximate domain for one of the multi-scale simulations and a graphic of the plasma turbulence in the multi-scale simulation. Credit: Nathan Howard, MIT Cutting-edge simulations run at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing ... Read More »

Plasma physicist discusses the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator February 5, 2016 by Peter Hergersberg Thomas Klinger, director at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in front of the 725-ton-heavy plasma container for the nuclear fusion experiment Wendelstein 7-X located in Greifswald. Credit: Stefan Sauer Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) produced the first helium plasma in the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator last December. ... Read More »

IPP Summer University for Plasma Physics and Fusion Research

IPP Beginning: 2016-09-19 End: 2016-09-23 Location: Greifswald Contact: Programme The course covers the main aspects of plasma physics with emphasis on nuclear fusion: basics of plasma physics and nuclear fusion kinetic and magneto-hydrodynamic description of a plasma concepts and experimental results of tokamak and stellarator configurations plasma heating and diagnostics plasma-wall interaction and materials research safety and environmental aspects ... Read More »

Bill Gates: World will deliver ‘clean energy breakthrough’ within 15 years

Guardian James Murray Feb. 24, 2016 Tech billionaire predicts innovation will deliver the clean energy the world desperately needs, but only if young people, businesses, and governments step up to the plate, reports Business Green Bill Gates says the goal has to be zero emission power – cutting emissions isn’t enough. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters Bill Gates has predicted researchers will ... Read More »

Is nuclear fusion the way forward?

Palatinate By Tom Mander FEB 26, 2016 Burning fossil fuels is still a hot topic—no surprises there. “Be carbon free by… Cut emissions by… Keep the temperature rise under…” The rhetoric, like the pollution, lingers. However, recent developments in physics research centres worldwide offer new solutions and new hopes. China and Germany have grabbed headlines over the last few months ... Read More »

Tokamak data mirror for JET and MAST data – moving towards an open data repository for European nuclear fusion research

EUDat Overview of the pilot Our data pilot will provide a mirror of experimental data from two magnetic confinement nuclear fusion devices (Tokamaks) at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE): the Joint European Torus (JET) and the Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST). The research community will be plasma physics and fusion researchers, engineers and technologists from the 29 members ... Read More »

Canadian start-ups look to reimagined nuclear power to replace fossil fuels

National Observer Feb. 22, 2016 As the race to replace fossil fuels heats up, a few Canadian startups are betting on the nuclear option. “We need a game-changing energy innovation,” Simon Irish, chief executive of Oakville, Ont.,-based Terrestrial Energy, said in a recent interview. Renewable power like wind and solar aren’t able to meet the world’s growing energy demands, Irish ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion comes two steps closer

The World Weekly Aristos Georgiou, 11 February 2016 The interior of the Chinese East Tokamak The quest to produce a working nuclear fusion reactor has been the dream of scientists for decades, however, progress has been painfully slow. Within just a few days though, news of two major breakthroughs in the technology has emerged. A s the world faces up ... Read More »

Fusion: “We’re So Close We Can Taste It”

How we get to next Ian Steadman Feb. 16, 2016 Atomic Energy Authority head Steve Cowley talks tokamaks, tritium, and the tantalizing prospect of enough power for a billion years How close are we to stealing starlight for ourselves? Earlier this month, for the first time ever German scientists at the Max Planck Institute heated hydrogen gas to 100 million ... Read More »

Proposed Means for the Trump Administration to Further Fusion Energy Development in the Private Sector

We propose that the United States Government embark on a new program to incentivize the private sector to support and engage in fusion energy science, research and development leading to the successful demonstration of a controlled, sustained, net energy producing fusion reaction within ten years. Whereas the US scientific community has actively studied and experimented with atomic fusion for energy ... Read More »

New experimental facility boosts European research on fusion energy Brussels, 3 February 2016 A key experimental facility in the EU-backed research programme for developing low carbon fusion electricity is inaugurated today in Germany in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Wendelstein7-X ‘stellarator’ was completed at the end of 2015 by the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik in Greifswald with a €1 billion investment, of which the EU’s Euratom ... Read More »

At WEST, it’s now time for proposals

ITER Newsline 15 FEB, 2016 On 1 February, a seminar was organized at ITER Headquarters to present the present status of WEST and launch the call for proposals. The WEST platform is open to the international fusion community. A few hundred metres from where the ITER Tokamak Complex is rising, a fusion plasma will light up before the end of ... Read More »

Strong endorsement for JET, Fusion Roadmap This picture is a blend of computerised imagery and photography. The European Commission had established a panel of independent high-level experts to evaluate the Euratom research programme which comprises fission and fusion research. The findings, which were recently published, are more than a pat on the back for Europe’s fusion research activities, especially with regard to EUROfusion’s flagship device ... Read More »

Why the Road to Nuclear Fusion is Necessarily Bumpy

The Wire RONAK GUPTA, 15/02/2016 The Wendelstein 7-X device. Credit: Wikimedia Commons While the realisation of nuclear fusion power is often raked up as a fitting example of a sunk cost fallacy, the amount of work going into realising it someday is as necessary as it is intensive. When the first explosion by a nuclear fusion reaction was conducted in ... Read More »

Tax oil to subsidize wind?

By Paul Driessen Feb. 14, 2016 Obama wants to punish oil industry to advance climate agenda. So do Hillary, Bernie and Mike If you want more of something, mandate it, subsidize it and exempt it from regulations. If you want less of something, punish it with taxes and regulations. Put more bluntly, the power to tax and regulate is the ... Read More »

Landis+Gyr upgrades GridStream AMI solution February 11, 2016 Global energy management company Landis+Gyr this week announced the launch of a communications platform capable of connecting multiple grid deployed AMI solutions. In a statement, Landis+Gyr said the launch of its grid router is a major advancement in adaptability and processing power for the network connecting the Gridstream suite of AMI, Distribution Intelligence and Customer Intelligence ... Read More »

New dawn: Chinese scientists move step closer to creating ‘artificial sun’ in quest for limitless energy via nuclear fusion

South China Morning Post Stephen Chen Feb.5, 2016 Chinese scientists were able to heat plasma to three times the temperature of the core of our sun for a record-breaking 102 seconds as they progressed the search to derive energy from nuclear fusion. Photo: Wikipedia In a doughnut-shaped chamber in eastern China, scientists have been able to produce hydrogen gas more ... Read More »