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China spends big on nuclear fusion as French plan falls behind

newscientist.com 23 July 2015 China’s will be bigger and better (Image: David Parker/SPL) The world’s largest nuclear fusion machine, currently being built in France, is unlikely to produce more energy than it consumes until the early 2030s, warned the UK’s head of fusion research this week. That is five years later than planned – by which time China could be ... Read More »

How China hopes to solve nuclear waste issue with hybrid fusion-fission reactor at top secret facility

South China Morning Post Stephen Chen 17 July, 2015 China’s proposed hybrid nuclear fusion-fission reactor could potentially burn nuclear waste. Photo: AFP China will build a new hybrid reactor that can burn nuclear waste via a combined fusion-fission method by 2030. This could give a potentially dramatic boost to China’s attempt to switch to more environmentally friendly energy production methods, ... Read More »

Boeing patents laser-powered fusion-fission jet engine (that’s truly impossible)

ARS Technica Sebastian Anthony (UK) – Jul 12, 2015 Lasers fuse hydrogen, causing uranium to fission, which generates electricity. Zzzap! The pellet/hohlraum is imploded by lasers, causing the hydrogen isotopes to fuse. Hot gasses rush out the back of the engine, creating thrust. The uranium-238 coating is bombarded with neutrons from the fusion reaction, starting a fission reaction. Coolant behind ... Read More »

Boeing Patents Laser Triggered Nuclear Fusion Powered Jet Engine

Techworm BY MAYA KAMATH ON JULY 15, 2015 Patent awarded to Boeing for laser-triggered nuclear fusion powered jet engine, but will Boeing build one? Boeing’s Robert Budica, James Herzberg, and Frank Chandler applied for a patent for building a laser and nuclear driven airplane engine which got its approval last week from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Airplane ... Read More »

Boeing just patented this awesome laser-powered nuclear fusion engine design

Digital Trends By Drew Prindle — July 13, 2015 Satellite Plasma Thruster Boeing definitely has no shortage of crazy, ambitious, and downright ridiculous ideas. Many of these never make it past the conceptual phase, but the company’s latest one might actually become a reality at some point in the future. Boeing has recently been awarded a patent for a super-efficient ... Read More »

Boeing Rocket Engine Patent: United States Patent 9,068,562

United States Patent 9,068,562 Budica , et al. June 30, 2015 Laser-powered propulsion system Abstract A propulsion apparatus includes a propellant, at least one laser, and a thrust member. The propellant includes a solid surface having a hollow core disposed within the solid surface and a thrust-producing medium disposed within the hollow core. The at least one laser is positioned ... Read More »

Boeing just patented a jet engine powered by lasers and nuclear explosions

BusinessInsider.com BENJAMIN ZHANG, July 7, 2015 Last week, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved an application from Boeing’s Robert Budica, James Herzberg, and Frank Chandler for a laser- and nuclear-driven airplane engine. With airplane makers constantly on the lookout for new and more efficient ways to power their products, this laser engine is the latest idea cooked up by ... Read More »

Boeing Patents Laser Nuclear Fusion Jet Engine

IEEE Spectrum Evan Ackerman, 10 Jul 2015 Image: United States Patent and Trademark Office This is one of those patents that absolutely in no way signifies that the company who files it is working on the thing that the patent is patenting. Because we can assure you, Boeing is not* actively developing a laser-triggered fusion powered jet engine. But that ... Read More »

plasma jet Magneto Inertial Fusion (PJMIF)

Development of Practical Fusion Power; Plasma Jet Driven Magneto-Inertial Fusion introduction by T.D. Tamarkin; scientific contributors, S. C. Hsu, Ph.D., T. J. Awe, Ph.D., S. Brockington, Ph.D., A. Case, Ph.D., J. T. Cassibry, Ph.D., G. Kagan, Ph.D., S. J. Messer, Ph.D., M. Stanic, X. Tang, Ph.D., D. R. Welch, Ph.D., and F. D. Witherspoon, Ph.D. PJMIF Concept Tutorial Plasma Liners ... Read More »

Project Management Description of the Development of PJMIF

PJMIF owned by the PJMIF team. All rights including, but not limited to IP and know how, reserved. See: Scientific white paper on PJMIF See: Illustrated tutorial Slide show on PJMIF See: EnergyCite® – USCL request for PJMIF scientific review See: Irv Lindemuth, Ph.D., review of PJMIF white paper See: John Santarius, Ph.D., scientific review of white paper Scientific manpower ... Read More »

Santarius Review

John F. Santarius, Ph.D. Research Professor, Dept. of Engineering Physics Associate Director for Alternate Applications and Concepts, Fusion Technology Institute Univ. of Wisconsin, 1500 Engineering Dr., Madison, WI 53706, USA E-mail: santarius@engr.wisc.edu Ph: 608-263-1694 Fax: 608-263-4499 Web: http://fti.neep.wisc.edu/~jfs/homepage.html September 26, 2011 Mr. Tom Tamarkin 5545 El Camino Avenue Carmichael, California 95608 Ref: Response to plasma jet Magneto Inertial Fusion Feasibility ... Read More »

Lindemuth Review and Letter

Irvin R. Lindemuth, Ph.D., formerly Special Assistant for Russian Collaboration Office of Associate Director for Weapons Physics Los Alamos National Laboratory October 24, 2011 Mr. Tom Tamarkin 5545 El Camino Avenue Carmichael, California 95608 Ref: Response to your questions on analysis of plasma jet Magneto Inertial Fusion (PJMIF) Dear Mr. Tamarkin: I have finally found some time to offer you ... Read More »

PJMIF Concept Tutorial

A presentation by October 4, 2011 Outline • Discuss the fusion power flow chart to determine the fusion gain required by any given inertial fusion scheme in order to produce net power on the grid – Compare PJMIF against laser ICF • Explain the fusion burn configuration for PJMIF • Explain how this is achieved in PJMIF → a discussion ... Read More »

Development of Practical Fusion Power

T. D. Tamarkin USCL-EnergyCite® Additional scientific contributors, S. C. Hsu, Ph.D., T. J. Awe, Ph.D., S. Brockington, Ph.D., A. Case, Ph.D., J. T. Cassibry, Ph.D., G. Kagan, Ph.D., S. J. Messer, Ph.D., M. Stanic, X. Tang, Ph.D., D. R. Welch, Ph.D., and F. D. Witherspoon, Ph.D. Updated December 14, 2014 ®   Abstract Fusion is the ultimate source of energy ... Read More »

Iran Working on Fusion

Iran News Agency Tehran, May 5, IRNA – Head Iran’s Nuclear Fusion Research Center reiterated here on Tuesday that the nuclear fusion science has been made indigenous in Iran today and achieving any objective in the field is possible now. The Vice President and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and a group of ... Read More »

Dr. Scott Hsu of Los Alamos National Laboratory Applying for ARPA-E funding for Fusion Energy Project

December 26, 2014 Dr. Scott Hsu, Tom Tamarkin, & Jeremy Tamarkin flanked by two un-identified LANL project scientists, in Los Alamos National Laboratory PJMIF lab in front of experimental rector vessel. Scott Hsu, Ph.D., of Los Alamos National Laboratory (P-24 Plasma Physics Group) has been encouraged by ARPA-E (under Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-00011841) to submit a proposal for funding to ... Read More »

Fusion Startups Seek Star Power

A growing number of private players like Lockheed Martin and Helion Energy believe they can commercialize fusion energy within a decade, promising a carbon-free energy source with effectively limitless fuel. But there’s considerable skepticism in the scientific community that these upstarts can achieve such ambitious timelines — or whether they can pull off fusion at all. Read More »

Nuclear Fission Reactors

By Barrie Lawson, UK Nuclear Energy – The Practice Nuclear energy is the usable energy extracted from atomic nuclei via controlled nuclear reactions and nuclear power plants have been used for commercial electricity generation for over half a century. In 2005, 16% of the world’s electricity was generated by nuclear power (Source – Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)) and as of ... Read More »

Nuclear Fission Theory

By Barrie Lawson, UK Nuclear Reactions In the chemical reactions associated with combustion, the atoms in the molecules of the active materials rearrange themselves into new, more stable, molecules in which they are more tightly bound and in the process, releasing surplus energy in the form of heat. In nuclear reactions it is the sub-atomic particles in the atomic nucleus, ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion – The Theory

By Barrie Lawson, UK The Holy Grail of nuclear energy, nuclear fusion is the process by which the Sun generates its prodigious energy providing us with the warmth and light we receive. It is the process by which the nuclei two light atoms combine to form a single, bigger nucleus of a new atom releasing large amounts of energy as ... Read More »

Nuclear Fusion Reactors

By Barrie Lawson, UK Solar Fusion The Sun’s immense energy is due to ongoing nuclear fusion occurring in its core where the temperature is around 15 Million degrees Celsius. It’s not a simple reaction, but a series reactions starting with the fusion of the two simplest atomic nuclei, the Hydrogen nuclei (protons), followed by fusion of the products of the ... Read More »

Is There a Better Route to Fusion?

Following presentation adapted from T. H. Rider Ph.D. thesis, MIT Published with permission June 2015 All rights reserved by original author & institution “Thirty-five years ago I was an expert precious-metal quartz-miner. There was an outcrop in my neighborhood that assayed $600 a ton—gold. But every fleck of gold in it was shut up tight and fast in an intractable ... Read More »

Cross Fire Fusion technology

Crossfire Fusion CF Fusion technology: The CrossCrossFire Fusion – BoltFire Fusion Reactor is a concept that uses steady-state magnetic fields to confine radially, and helicoidal moving magnetic forces to accelerate and trap axially plasma of electrically charged ions, in an energy-efficient way to ignite fusion reactions, but allowing the charged byproducts to escape longitudinally to the outputs to be converted ... Read More »

Fusion Propulsion for Exploration of the Solar System

JASON CASSIBRY Associate Professor UAH Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jason Cassibry is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville. Prior to this he worked as an assistant research professor following graduation from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His research involves the experimental and theoretical application of fluid mechanics, magnetohydrodynamics, ... Read More »

The Trouble With Fusion

Long touted as an inexhaustible energy source for the next century, fusion as it is now being developed will almost certainly be too expensive and unreliable for commercial use. MIT Technology Review, October 1983 By Lawrence M. Lidsky The technically advanced nations of the world will spend over $1 billion this year in the quest for controlled thermonuclear fusion power. ... Read More »

Is There Another Reason For Toyota to Make a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car?

Wired.com RHETT ALLAIN. 03.05.15 RECENTLY, TOYOTA ANNOUNCED production of the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car to be sold in California. But what is a hydrogen fuel cell? Without going into all the details, the basic idea is that you can get an electrical current when you combine hydrogen with oxygen (you also get water). But why would you make a ... Read More »

A smaller, faster, cheaper route to fusion energy

Fusion has the potential to be the perfect energy source—safe, clean, and limitless—but scientists are struggling to make it work. Now a change of shape may turn the mainstream reactor design, known as a tokamak, into something simpler, faster, and cheaper. Read More »

Malaysian government invests in Burnaby fusion energy company

Vancouver Metro News Emily Jackson, May 18 2015 Malaysia’s state-owned energy company may be dragging its feet when it comes to investing in B.C.’s liquefied natural gas industry, but the country is bankrolling another type of energy being developed in the province. The Malaysian government’s strategic investment fund was the largest investor in the latest $27-million round of funding for ... Read More »

Iran Working on Fusion

Iran News Agency Tehran, May 5, IRNA – Head Iran’s Nuclear Fusion Research Center reiterated here on Tuesday that the nuclear fusion science has been made indigenous in Iran today and achieving any objective in the field is possible now. The Vice President and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and a group of ... Read More »

Development of Practical Fusion Power

T. D. Tamarkin USCL-EnergyCite® Additional scientific contributors, S. C. Hsu, Ph.D., T. J. Awe, Ph.D., S. Brockington, Ph.D., A. Case, Ph.D., J. T. Cassibry, Ph.D., G. Kagan, Ph.D., S. J. Messer, Ph.D., M. Stanic, X. Tang, Ph.D., D. R. Welch, Ph.D., and F. D. Witherspoon, Ph.D. Updated December 14, 2014 ®   Abstract Fusion is the ultimate source of energy ... Read More »

PJMIF Concept Tutorial

A presentation by October 4, 2011 Outline • Discuss the fusion power flow chart to determine the fusion gain required by any given inertial fusion scheme in order to produce net power on the grid – Compare PJMIF against laser ICF • Explain the fusion burn configuration for PJMIF • Explain how this is achieved in PJMIF → a discussion ... Read More »

Lindemuth Review and Letter

Irvin R. Lindemuth, Ph.D., formerly Special Assistant for Russian Collaboration Office of Associate Director for Weapons Physics Los Alamos National Laboratory October 24, 2011 Mr. Tom Tamarkin 5545 El Camino Avenue Carmichael, California 95608 Ref: Response to your questions on analysis of plasma jet Magneto Inertial Fusion (PJMIF) Dear Mr. Tamarkin: I have finally found some time to offer you ... Read More »

Santarius Review

John F. Santarius, Ph.D. Research Professor, Dept. of Engineering Physics Associate Director for Alternate Applications and Concepts, Fusion Technology Institute Univ. of Wisconsin, 1500 Engineering Dr., Madison, WI 53706, USA E-mail: santarius@engr.wisc.edu Ph: 608-263-1694 Fax: 608-263-4499 Web: http://fti.neep.wisc.edu/~jfs/homepage.html September 26, 2011 Mr. Tom Tamarkin 5545 El Camino Avenue Carmichael, California 95608 Ref: Response to plasma jet Magneto Inertial Fusion Feasibility ... Read More »

plasma jet Magneto Inertial Fusion (PJMIF)

Development of Practical Fusion Power; Plasma Jet Driven Magneto-Inertial Fusion introduction by T.D. Tamarkin; scientific contributors, S. C. Hsu, Ph.D., T. J. Awe, Ph.D., S. Brockington, Ph.D., A. Case, Ph.D., J. T. Cassibry, Ph.D., G. Kagan, Ph.D., S. J. Messer, Ph.D., M. Stanic, X. Tang, Ph.D., D. R. Welch, Ph.D., and F. D. Witherspoon, Ph.D. PJMIF Concept Tutorial Plasma Liners ... Read More »

Opportunity Coalition: The Future of Energy

What is the future of energy? Chris Wright, CEO of Liberty Resources, talks about nuclear fusion and the oil supply 1,000 years from now. Learn more about the Opportunity Coalition here: http://opportunitycoalition.com/ Learn more about Brian Watson and other community building initiatives here: http://brianwatson.us/ Read More »

Fusion Energy: Utopian or Practical?

Andrew Zwicker is a physicist and science educator. The American Association of Physics Teachers has named him to its list of 75 leading contributors to physics education. For the past three years Zwicker has taken college undergraduates and K-12 teachers aboard the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s “Weightless Wonder” aircraft. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a ... Read More »

China completes large nuclear fusion device, says it is catching up with US

China Daily Mail BY CHANKAIYEE2 ⋅ APRIL 18, 2015 China’s new nuclear fusion device The following is based on translations from Chinese media: Nuclear fusion is at the forefront of high technology. It will enable the human race to generate more than enough energy without using fossil fuel However, it is very difficult to control such fusion. As a result, ... Read More »

Big Government, Foundations Undermine Scientific Integrity

By Ron Arnold Amazon’s Ron Arnold Page April 6, 2015 Democrats’ attempts to paralyze climate skeptics in academia, think tanks, and companies, using intimidating letters threatening a federal investigation into their funding connections, backfired. They opened a Pandora’s Box of questions concerning where climate alarmists get their money. Now Democrat Senators Barbara Boxer (CA), Ed Markey (MA), and Sheldon Whitehouse ... Read More »

Wendelstein 7-X — from concept to reality

Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik What is the concept underlying the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device? The video, produced from various CADs, illustrates how the device is configured and what objectives are being pursued by the fusion research conducted at the Greifswald branch of Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics with Wendelstein 7-X. Read More »

The Micro Fusion boiler – Nuclear power in the home only a few years away

logic4training Apr, 01 – 2015 At Logic4training we like to keep abreast of new developments in the world of heating and this exciting new development could be a real game changer. Scientists in China have spent the last 10 years secretly working on a brand new type of domestic boiler, one that could potentially last generations. It’s being called the ... Read More »

On the power and size of tokamak fusion pilot plants and reactors

A.E. Costley, J. Hugill and P.F. Buxton © 2015 IAEA, Vienna Received 14 July 2014, accepted for publication 14 November 2015 Published 28 January 2015 Contents Abstract Introduction System code Dependence of Qfus on plasma and device parameters Impact of beta-independent scaling Implications for the design of pilot plants and reactors Summary and conclusions Abstract It is generally accepted that ... Read More »

MagLIF with DT cryo layer could achieve ten thousand times net gain nuclear fusion and it would be very good for fusion space propulsion

NextBigFuture.com The cheapest, smallest reactors will emerge from the so-called magneto-inertial fusion (MIF) parameter space. This physics regime is a hybrid between the low density magnetic confinement and beyond solid density inertial confinement. Many of the smallest proposed fusion propulsion systems are in fact MIF systems, consistent with this recent study. (The Case and Development Path for Fusion Propulsion by ... Read More »

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