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2013-12-10 20:20:36

American Security Project hosted the first day of a major fusion power conference WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, December 10, 2013 the American Security Project hosted the first day of the 34(th) Annual Fusion Power Associates Conference. Entitled "Fusion Energy: Visions for the Future," the conference featured participation from some of the world's top fusion scientists. Particular highlights included Dr. Osamu Motajima, the Director General of...

New Insights Into A Fusion Plasma's Transport Barrier Promise To Boost Future Reactor Performance
2013-11-13 15:52:11

American Physical Society In a collaborative effort, researchers in the United States and the United Kingdom have developed a new technique that will help them optimize the transport barrier, or pedestal, in fusion plasmas, which will be key to increasing future fusion power performance. This work has been recognized with the 2013 APS John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research. The core of fusion plasmas must reach temperatures over 100 million degrees to enable ample...

Rapid Plasma Rotation May Be Key To Softening The Blow Of Powerful Plasma Disruptions
2013-11-13 11:25:56

American Physical Society In the quest for fusion energy on earth, researchers use magnetic fields to insulate hot plasma from the walls of the chamber to maintain the reaction and prevent damage to interior surfaces. In the tokamak, a leading contender to achieve a sustained fusion burn, electrical currents flowing in the plasma inside the doughnut-shaped vacuum chamber can become unstable if the plasma current or pressure gets too high or the control system breaks, leading to a sudden...

Mug Handles May Help Hot Plasma Give Cheaper, Controllable Fusion Energy
2012-10-12 09:28:09

Researchers around the world are working on an efficient, reliable way to contain the plasma used in fusion reactors, potentially bringing down the cost of this promising but technically elusive energy source. A new finding from the University of Washington could help contain and stabilize the plasma using as little as 1 percent of the energy required by current methods. “All of a sudden the current energy goes from being almost too much to almost negligible,” said lead author...

2012-10-03 02:29:15

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ITER (meaning "the way" in Latin), a global organization of the European Union, China, Russia, Japan, India, South Korea and the United States, currently is building the world's largest and most advanced experimental nuclear fusion reactor in Cadarache, France, has selected Intergraph's SmartPlant(®) Enterprise suite of products to handle the assembly, commissioning and construction of the plant, as well as its operations...

2012-08-21 00:53:40

Researchers at a recent worldwide conference on fusion power have confirmed the surprising accuracy of a new model for predicting the size of a key barrier to fusion that a top scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy´s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has developed. The model could serve as a starting point for overcoming the barrier. “This allows you to depict the size of the challenge so you can think through what needs to be done to overcome it,” said...

Big Step To Develop Nuclear Fusion Power
2012-06-08 10:21:56

UT researchers have successfully developed a key technology in developing an experimental fusion reactor Imagine a world without man-made climate change, energy crunches or reliance on foreign oil. It may sound like a dream world, but University of Tennessee, Knoxville, engineers have made a giant step toward making this scenario a reality. UT researchers have successfully developed a key technology in developing an experimental reactor that can demonstrate the feasibility of fusion...

2012-05-15 22:21:20

BLUE BELL, Pa., May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS), today announced it had signed a four-year framework agreement with the ITER project to provide end-to-end physical security and safety assurance at its facility, which is currently under construction in Cadarache, France. Unisys' French subsidiary will lead a consortium, with ARCADIS, to design and support an integrated solution spanning perimeter and surveillance security, identity and access management and command...

2012-01-09 14:03:42

Scientists at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Oxford University (United Kingdom) and the University of Michigan (USA) have joined efforts to develop new materials for thermonuclear fusion reactors. Their research focuses on characterization of oxide dispersion-strengthened, reduced-activation steel for the reactor structure. Thermonuclear fusion promises to be a possible solution to the current energy crisis. It is produced when two atomic nuclei of light elements combine to...

2011-11-11 16:47:19

News from the 53rd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics Recent experiments carried out at the DIII-D tokamak in San Diego have allowed scientists to observe how fusion plasmas spontaneously turn off the plasma turbulence responsible for most of the heat loss in plasmas confined by toroidal magnetic fields. Using a new microwave instrument based on the same principles as police radar guns, researchers from UCLA observed the complex interplay between plasma turbulence and...