Futile fusion research

Is there hope for commercially viable fusion power? Yes, because other “magnetic bottles” and fusion fuel cycles exist. The related physics is much more difficult, but we won’t know if…

General Atomics to ship world’s most powerful magnet to ITER global fusion energy project

San Diego, June 15 – After a decade of design and fabrication, General Atomics is ready to ship the first module of the Central Solenoid, the world’s most powerful magnet.…

Bottling the world’s coldest plasma

Laser-cooled plasma-in-a-bottle could answer questions about the sun, fusion power RICE UNIVERSITY Research News HOUSTON – (March 1, 2021) – Rice University physicists have discovered a way to trap the…

EU Turns to Magic to Progress their Clean Energy Agenda

The European Union is so desperate for their clean energy push to yield a viable solution, they have just given €3,999,870 to a cold fusion research team.

Korean artificial sun, KSTAR, sets the new world record of 20-sec-long operation at 100 million °C

The Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research(KSTAR), a superconducting fusion device also known as the Korean artificial sun, set the new world record as it succeeded in maintaining the high temperature…

Behold the mayo: Experiments reveal ‘instability threshold’ of elastic-plastic material

Rayleigh-Taylor-instability experiments confirm that the instability of elastic-plastic material is a function of initial conditions, such as amplitude and wavelength; characterization could apply to problems relevant to inertial confinement fusion…

MIT continues progress toward practical fusion energy

From the “we are this close to nuclear fusion department, 7th decade edition” and MIT: In series of talks, researchers describe major effort to address climate change through carbon-free power.…

The bright light of nuclear fusion might burn away climate doomsters’ fears

By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website. Summary: News from the frontiers of science, where the future is being built and the predictions of doomsters will be defeated. Also,…

MIT tries to reboot stalled nuclear fusion power development

From MIT and the “always 15 years away” department. MIT and newly formed company launch novel approach to fusion power – Goal is for research to produce a working pilot plant…

Laser-boron fusion now ‘leading contender’ for energy

From the UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES and the “coming to a power plant near you in 30 to 50 years” department A laser-driven technique for creating fusion that dispenses…

Renewables Advocates Trash Talk Nuclear Fusion

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to renewables advocates, renewables will soon be so cheap it won’t be worth pouring more money into researching nuclear fusion. Renewable Energy Threatens the…

Claim: Brexit an "Existential Threat" to Advanced Nuclear Fusion Research

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Professor Ian Chapman, chief of the UK Atomic Energy Authority is worried the Brexit negotiation standoff between Britain and the EU poses a threat to…

ITER Nuclear Fusion Project: First Burn Delayed until 2035

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A new ITER Nuclear Fusion timetable has been agreed, which slips the first scheduled Deuterium / Tritium burn to 2035 – 8 years after the…

Competition to Achieve Viable Nuclear Fusion Heating Up

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t The Register The international ITER Fusion project might be mired in cost overruns and severe delays, but competition is heating up, between China and…

German Continuous Nuclear Fusion Reactor Milestone

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Germany has activated its new Wendelstein 7-X Stellarator reactor for the first time, briefly testing its ability to heat and contain a Helium plasma. The…

Greenpeace: Nuclear Fusion Research is Risky and Ignorant

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Greenpeace has strongly condemned investment in the International ITER Fusion Project, claiming the money spent on ITER should instead be spent on renewables. According to…

Fusion reactors 'economically viable' say experts

From Durham University: Fusion reactors could become an economically viable means of generating electricity within a few decades, and policy makers should start planning to build them as a replacement…

India: We will build our own ITER Fusion Reactor

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Indian government has just given a major boost to domestic nuclear fusion research, by sanctioning the expenditure of Rs 2,500 crore (around $400 million…

The lost nuclear fusion reactor design?

Robert Bussard, one of the giants of the field, claimed to his dying day he had cracked the problem Above: a homemade “fusor” similar to the Polywell nuclear fusion reactor…

Encouraging: Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details

WUWT reader Paul Ostergaard  tips us to this article from Aviation Week and Space Technology – video follows Lockheed Martin aims to develop compact reactor prototype in five years, production…