Nuclear fusion

October 12, 2020

Nuclear fusion has long been considered the answer to zero-emission by-product-free energy generation

The decades-old dream of many scientists and science fiction writers may come true at some point over the next decade.  Researchers at MIT and a startup spun out of MIT are working on a nuclear fusion experiment, which they are fairly certain will achieve its goal of creating a hot burning plasma to produce for the […]

December 21, 2020

The race is on around the world to build the first fusion reactor that can generate excess energy

The U.K. government today invited communities around the country to volunteer a site for a prototype fusion reactor, which would be the first—it is hoped—to put electricity into the grid. The project, called Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP), began last year with an initial £222 million over 5 years to develop a design. The […]

October 12, 2020

On Tuesday, a team of MIT researchers made a big splash when they announced that their “SPARC” compact fusion reac…

On Tuesday, a team of MIT researchers made a big splash when they announced that their “SPARC” compact fusion reactor is “very likely to work.” The announcement, detailed in seven papers penned by dozens of scientists from a laundry list of research institutions, claimed that the researchers were on a straight path to achieving fusion power — […]

September 30, 2020

State lawmakers are looking at whether to keep in place a $1.3 billion public bailout for the Davis-Besse and Perry nucl…

State lawmakers are looking at whether to keep in place a $1.3 billion public bailout for the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants along Lake Erie, a law that federal authorities say was corruptly enacted. But throughout the debate, there’s still a glaring problem: the owner of the nuclear plants refuses to disclose whether they […]

September 29, 2020

Fusion is the process that smashes together light elements in the form of plasma

Electric current is everywhere, from powering homes to controlling the plasma that fuels fusion reactions to possibly giving rise to vast cosmic magnetic fields. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have found that electrical currents can form in ways not known before. The novel findings could give researchers greater […]

September 7, 2020

Electric current is everywhere, from powering homes to controlling the plasma that fuels fusion

Electric current is everywhere, from powering homes to controlling the plasma that fuels fusion reactions to possibly giving rise to vast cosmic magnetic fields. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have found that electrical currents can form in ways not known before. The novel findings could give researchers greater […]

September 3, 2020

Nuclear startup NuScale has received a landmark final safety evaluation report (FSER) for its modular reactor design

NuScale’s design uses classic nuclear fission water reactor technology in a much smaller form factor, which contrasts with the escalating sizes of most current nuclear plant construction around the world. “As the first U.S. small modular reactor design to be issued a FSER, NuScale is pioneering the way for additional innovative advanced nuclear technologies under development,” Nuclear […]

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