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House Committee Hearing – The Future of U.S. Fusion Energy Research

House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Streamed live on Mar 6, 2018 Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – 10:00am Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building EventID=106935 Witnesses: Dr. Bernard Bigot, director-general, ITER Organization Dr. James W. Van Dam, acting associate director, Fusion Energy Sciences, Office of Science, Department of Energy Dr. Mickey Wade, director of advanced fusion systems, Magnetic ... Read More »

Experts Testify Before Congress on Future of U.S. Fusion Energy Research

New Energy Times By Steven B. Krivit — March 28, 2018 At 10 a.m. on March 6, the House Subcommittee on Energy convened a hearing on the future of U.S. fusion energy research. After the witnesses spoke, Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) questioned them. He asked James W. Van Dam, the acting associate director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Fusion ... Read More »

World record plasma exposure in Magnum-PSI

Differ News March 27th 2018 On Wednesday 21 March, the research facility Magnum-PSI at DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research) set a new world record for longest exposure of a material to the harsh plasma conditions in future fusion reactors. Magnum-PSI exposed tungsten wall components to the equivalent of a full year of high power fusion operations in the ... Read More »

LPP Fusion has funds try to reach nuclear fusion net gain milestone

NextBigFuture brian wang | March 27, 2018 LPP Fusion has raised over $640,000 in its latest crowdfunding round. LPP fusion is preparing for beryllium electrode experiments for its attempt to prove out their dense plasma focus fusion designs. LPP fusion wants to build small, decentralized 5 Megawatt nuclear fusion generators that will use hydrogen and boron fuel, both of which ... Read More »

UK firm sees year-end launch of pulsed power device

WNN 15 March 2018 First Light Fusion (FLF) is investing GBP3.6 million (USD5.0 million) building what it says will be the only pulsed power machine of its scale in the world dedicated to researching fusion energy. The Oxford, England-based company said on 12 March it expects to commission the device – Machine 3 – by the end of this year. ... Read More »

Duke of York sees energy revolution in the making at Culham

CCFE 22/03/2018 HRH The Duke of York visited CCFE yesterday to see at first hand its pioneering work on fusion energy. Culham is home to JET – the Joint European Torus – the world’s largest fusion experiment, which CCFE operates for scientists around Europe. The Duke of York toured JET and learned of its role in paving the way for ... Read More »

Why a nuclear fusion company is lasering in on cancer

Greenbiz Katie Fehrenbacher | March 12, 2018 TAE Technologies’ nuclear fusion reactor technology. Technology developed to try to crack the code of nuclear fusion — that elusive type of nuclear energy that powers the sun — is now being repurposed to kill cancer. The unusual move comes from TAE Technologies, a company that has been working on fusion technology for ... Read More »

Fusion energy using tokamaks: can development be accelerated?

Discussion meeting in London Register for this event and get more information Starts: March 26, 2018 at 09:00 Ends: March 27, 2018 at 17:00 Location The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG Overview Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Colin Windsor FRS, Professor Dennis Whyte, Dr Jack Connor FRS, Dr Melanie Windridge and Professor Guenter Janeschitz. ... Read More »

Safer nuclear fusion used for energy generation

Plant Engineering Gregory Hale, ISSSource | 03/17/2018 Nuclear fusion for the controlled and regular generation of electric power by converting hydrogen into helium and reproducing on a small scale what actually happens in our sun is one of the top technological promises for the future and researchers are looking to produce net energy through a tokamak. Nuclear fusion for the ... Read More »

Chirping is welcome in birds but not in fusion devices – scientists show that weak turbulence makes chirping more likely

PPPL By John Greenwald | March 16, 2018 (Photo by Elle Starkman/Office of Communications) Physicist Vinícius Duarte, left, with advisor and coauthor Nikolai Gorelenkov. Birds do it and so do doughnut-shaped fusion facilities called “tokamaks.” But tokamak chirping— a rapidly changing frequency wave that can be far above what the human ear can detect — is hardly welcome to researchers ... Read More »

The Energy 202: Trump administration must decide whether to back the biggest nuclear fusion project ever

Washington Post Dino Grandoni | March 7, 2018 Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the retiring chair of the House Science Committee, has rarely been in agreement with Democrats. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) The House Science, Space and Technology Committee is known for its partisan bickering. Under Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), Republicans opened probes into federally funded climate scientists that ... Read More »

International nuclear fusion project seeks reversal of Trump budget cuts

Reuters March 6, 2018 FILE PHOTO – A man walks past a block of stone with the name of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) organization headquarters in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, Southern France, October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier Bernard Bigot, director-general of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, or ITER, said the administration’s budget cuts would reduce the U.S. contribution to the ... Read More »

Introduction to fusion

CCFE Nuclear fusion is one of the most promising options for generating large amounts of carbon-free energy in the future. Illustration of the fusion reaction Fusion is the process that heats the Sun and all other stars, where atomic nuclei collide together and release energy (in the form of neutrons, see diagram on the right). Fusion scientists and engineers are ... Read More »

Commercial fusion ventures learn lessons about engineering and expectations

Geek Wire by Alan Boyle on February 14, 2018 The promise of natural gas, shale oil, renewable energy and conventional nuclear power all pale in comparison to the promise of clean, potentially abundant fusion power — and that’s attracting increasing attention from science-savvy entrepreneurs. General Fusion says it has the world’s largest and most powerful plasma injector, capable of creating ... Read More »

Our next energy and security crisis?

By Paul Driessen Feb. 27, 2018 Importing 65% of US oil in 2005 vs 100% of many key minerals now (from China and Russia) Oil and natural gas aren’t just fuels. They supply building blocks for pharmaceuticals; plastics in vehicle bodies, athletic helmets, and numerous other products; and complex composites in solar panels and wind turbine blades and nacelles. The ... Read More »

IPP Summer University for Plasma Physics and Fusion Research The Summer University for Plasma Physics and Fusion Research organised by the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics will be organised between 17th and 21st September in Greifswald, Germany.The lectures are designed for physics and engineering students of European universities who passed their bachelor (undergraduate) courses and not yet started nor decided their PhD project. One of the goals of ... Read More »

Software upgrade helping to answer DEMO questions

CCFE 27/02/2018 CCFE’s fusion power plant studies are set to benefit from an upgrade to key software code PROCESS. The project to modernise PROCESS is driving greater partnership with fusion researchers abroad as well as making it easier to navigate for key users. Culham researchers use the code to answer complex questions about the design of DEMO – the demonstration ... Read More »

One Step Closer to Nuclear Fusion

Dartmouth Journal of Undergraduate Science February 24, 2018 | Ted Northup According to a recent report on nuclear fusion, scientists may have discovered an optimal model for regulating plasma turbulence while still achieving desired functional results. A Brazilian researcher, Vinicius Duarte of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, recently developed a conceptual regulation of plasma turbulence that would minimize the loss ... Read More »

Interview: Jonathan Carling, Tokamak Energy’s new CEO

The Engineer By Stuart Nathan 22nd February 2018 Tokamak Energy’s new CEO plans on using his commercial nous to get fusion-generated electricity on the National Grid by 2030 Energy generation by nuclear fusion is one of society’s biggest technological challenges. Decades after fusion was first demonstrated, there has been no obvious breakthrough on this front, though it’s frequently claimed that ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion Could Be A Silver Bullet — And Just Around The Corner

Forbes Ken Silverstein | FEB 12, 2018 The winding facility of the ITER ( the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), in the CEN of Cadarache, Private investors are now actively trying to commercialize an advanced form of nuclear energy and one that would leave no environmental footprint while also delivering electricity to the world’s expanding population. At issue is nuclear fusion, ... Read More »

Fusion Energy Consortium™

The Fusion Energy Consortium is a member sponsored U.S. IRS Title 26 501(c)(3) compliant LLC established as a foundation to stimulate the science, research, and development leading to practical controlled nuclear fusion energy. What is Fusion Energy? Fusion energy is a potentially unlimited source of energy capable of producing baseload power for the world’s electrical grid as well as the ... Read More »

Integrated simulations answer 20-year-old question in fusion research

MIT News Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering | February 16, 2018 Study finds that turbulence competes in fusion plasmas to rapidly respond to temperature perturbations. Pablo Rodriguez Fernandez, first author of the study and a graduate student in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Photo: Borja Santos Porras To make fusion energy a reality, scientists ... Read More »

New turbulent transport modeling shows multiscale fluctuations in heated plasma February 13, 2018, American Institute of Physics Researchers at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, a DOE Office of Science user facility operated by General Atomics, used a “reduced physics” fluid model of plasma turbulence to explain unexpected properties of the density profile inside a tokamak experiment. Modeling plasma’s turbulent behavior could help scientists optimize the tokamak performance in future ... Read More »

Fusion Breakthroughs Among Highlights of the Department of Energy’s Research Milestones During the Past 40 Years

DOE News Credit: Image courtesy of Office of Science. Celebrating four decades of landmark research milestones. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science, the largest U.S. supporter of basic research in the physical sciences, celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding in 2017. To mark the 40th anniversary of Office of Science support for the country’s national laboratories ... Read More »

Fusion energy using tokamaks: can development be accelerated?

Royal Society Register for the conference Conference in London on March 26 & 27, 2018 Location The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG Overview Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Colin Windsor FRS, Professor Dennis Whyte, Dr Jack Connor FRS, Dr Melanie Windridge and Professor Guenter Janeschitz. Fusion power is one of the few options for ... Read More »

Smooth sailing: PPPL develops an integrated approach to understand how to better control instabilities in an international fusion device

PPPL February 12, 2018 PPPL physicist Francesca Poli ITER Plasma Cross-Section and Structures A key goal for ITER, the international fusion device under construction in France, will be to produce 10 times more power than goes into it to heat the hot, charged plasma that sustains fusion reactions. Among the steps needed to reach that goal will be controlling instabilities ... Read More »

Sixty years ago: How the “Zeta fiasco” pulled fusion out of secrecy

ITER 29 JAN, 2018 In those days—the late 1950s—pinch machines ruled the world of fusion. Although tokamaks were already under development in the Soviet Union, it would be more than a decade before they became the dominant form of fusion device. A “circular pinch” machine, Zeta operated at Harwell (UK) between 1957 and 1968. At the time of its construction, ... Read More »

Model predicts scenarios for power generation using nuclear fusion January 30, 2018 Nuclear fusion for the controlled and regular generation of electric power by converting hydrogen into helium and reproducing on a small scale what happens within stars is one of the foremost technological promises for coming decades. So far, only limited results have been achieved in laboratory experiments. Now, a prototype reactor called ITER is under construction ... Read More »

Doctoral Candidate (PhD) in the area of edge-plasma physics in magnetic fusion devices

PhD Positions 28. januar 2018 (Finland) Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland. ... Read More »

Nuclear fusion: the end of our energy problem?

CNN January 25, 2018 Professor Thomas Klinger heads up one of the world’s most advanced nuclear fusion projects at the Max Planck Institute in Greifswald, Germany, where 400 scientists from around the world have invested over one million manpower hours to build the Wendelstein 7-X, a prototype nuclear fusion reactor. It’s called nuclear fusion: a method to produce energy which ... Read More »

The long wait for fusion power may be coming to an end

Mach Dec.29.2017 Construction is underway at the ITER fusion reactor in southern France on Dec. 5, 2017.ITER Organization/EJF Riche Renewable energy sources like solar and wind account for a growing share of the world’s electric power. That’s no surprise, given concerns about the carbon emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants and their harmful effect on the climate. Nuclear energy offers ... Read More »

Tokamak cooling system Final design achieved

ITER 22 JAN, 2018 After a comprehensive re-design of the tokamak cooling water system, manufacturing can now begin for components that, according to construction sequencing requirements, need to be installed before the machine’s First Plasma. At your home, water is delivered to the tap at a flow rate of 0.1 m³/ second, a velocity of 1 metre/ second, and at ... Read More »

Harnessing nuclear fusion power key to future

University of Saskatchewan SARATH PEIRIS Jan 17, 2018 With Canada’s only tokamak fusion reactor, the University of Saskatchewan has long been on the front lines of nuclear fusion experimentation. Akira Hirose (front left) and Prof. Chijin Xiao (front right) with students, and tokamak in the background. Fusion is what powers the sun, where massive gravitational forces fuse together 600 tons ... Read More »

Vertical Stability Improved for S. Korean Tokamak

Engineering 360 S. Himmelstein | 19 January 2018 Cross-section of the KSTAR tokamak showing select hardware components of the vertical control system: new magnetic flux loops (magenta circles) used to infer the vertical position of the plasma and vertical magnetic field coils (red squares) that control the position. A new algorithm sustained a stable plasma discharge #18380 (magenta) that was ... Read More »

Industry set to benefit from new investment at Culham

CCFE 18/01/2018 More than 80 delegates representing key stakeholders across the UK nuclear sector have heard details of potential multi-million-pound contracts coming from ITER that they can target as part of the Government’s recent £86 million investment in Culham. John Devine, head of exports and investment on the civil nuclear team at the Department for International Trade, kicked off the ... Read More »

Alternative Fusion Concepts: Helion Energy

Eurofusion January 16th 2018 Helion Energy Fusion research benefits from its variety of labs and approaches. Not all of the ideas and concepts belong to EUROfusion or publicly funded research. Private companies, even far beyond European borders, are also trying to bring fusion energy to life. In this series, Fusion in Europe introduces different approaches and provides an outline indicating ... Read More »

A lot of good neutron science

Eurofusion January 16th 2018 Participants in the WP JET3 Annual General Monitoring Meeting in Culham on December 4-7, 2017. Picture: Copyright protected by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority) Scientists at the Joint European Torus (JET) have been working feverishly to prepare experiments which allow the improved measurements of neutrons for the planned tritium (T) and deuterium-tritium (DT) campaigns. Those ... Read More »

Compact Fusion: Are the Energy Equations About to Change?

Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis Atul Pant | January 10, 2018 Power generation through fusion reaction has been one of the most attractive fields of nuclear research and has consequently seen considerable investment since the middle of the last century. While the world has been awaiting a breakthrough in an affordable and clean power source for long, nuclear fusion ... Read More »

27th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2018)

IAEA 22–27 October 2018, Ahmedabad, India The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) fosters the exchange of scientific and technical results in nuclear fusion research and development through its series of Fusion Energy Conferences. The 27th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2018) aims to provide a forum for the discussion of key physics and technology issues as well as innovative concepts ... Read More »

Six postdocs connect tokamak and stellarator

Eurofusion January 3rd 2018 The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Germany offers unique possibilities. It features not one, but two of the most advanced fusion experiments available. The Greifswald branch hosts the stellarator Wendelstein 7-X and the Garching institute operates the tokamak ASDEX Upgrade. Why not make use of the best of both worlds? For the first ... Read More »

Leading: Powering up nuclear fusion at Tokamak Energy

Institute of Mechanical Engineers 01 Jan 2018 Jonathan Carling, the new Chief Executive of Tokamak Energy, on moving from luxury cars and engines to nuclear fusion Jonathan Carling, chief executive of Tokamak Energy, which received investment to develop its nuclear fusion technology from the IMechE’s Stephenson Fund (Credit: Tokamak Energy) I was sponsored through university by Jaguar, and I spent ... Read More »

The long wait for fusion power may be coming to an end

NBC by Tom Metcalfe / Dec.29.2017 Some experts think commercial fusion reactors could begin operation as soon as 2030. Construction is underway at the ITER fusion reactor in southern France on Dec. 5, 2017.ITER Organization/EJF Riche Renewable energy sources like solar and wind account for a growing share of the world’s electric power. That’s no surprise, given concerns about the ... Read More »

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 power station after the country’s ... Read More »

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 as part of a series ... Read More »

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 which the U.S. remains in ... Read More »