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Commercial Fusion

The Group Includes LowCarbon Capital, Positron Ventures and Norrsken

Renaissance Fusion Is currently working toward manufacturing development of fusion reactor components. Focused on liquid metal inner chamber walls for insulation, neutron fluency and cost reductions in their stellarator fusion reactor. They are also working to build and incorporate their own high temperature superconducting magnets (HTS). The goal of the HTS is to provide the same performance in a smaller reactor. 

Tony Donne, EUROfusion

Programme Manager (CEO)

TEDx Presentation

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Why Should We Make

a Star on Earth?

Tony Donné tells us both the reasons and the obstacles to succeed in this venture, and illustrates how all this has to do with an energy future of the 

planet closer than we imagine. Dutch physicist of international renown, for over 20 years, he has been a reference point in the field of nuclear physics. Since 2014 he is CEO of EUROfusion, a consortium that coordinates research in the field of fusion science and technology in 29 European countries. 

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First Light Fusion to partner with UKAEA for new demonstration facility

The UK Atomic Energy Authority and First Light Fusion have signed an agreement for the design and construction of a new purpose-built facility to house First Light’s "Machine-4" at UKAEA’s Culham Campus in Oxfordshire.

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Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Abingdon UK

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  • UKAEA and First Light Fusion to construct a new facility to house First Light’s new net energy gain demonstrator (“Machine 4”) in Oxford, UK

  • The agreement will see both parties developing the building at Culham Campus

  • Architects and technical designers have been appointed, construction expected to begin in 2024

  • Machine 4’s unique approach to inertial confinement fusion is its next milestone towards commercial fusion power development

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DIII-D Research Program

The Department of Energy (DOE)

Office of Science (SC)

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Providing $10 Million in Tokamak Reasearch Grant Funding at the DIII-D Facility

The (FOA) Number: DE-FOA -0002904 allows for the use of the DIII-D Tokamak and related facility technologies for the development of novel tokamak experiments that will further the greater development into commercial fusion applications.

Get Funding to Run Your Tokamak Experiments in a Government Funded Facility

Further Assistence Email: Matthew.Lanctot@science.doe.gov

Max funding per experiment is $2.5M. The DOE expects to fund approximately six (6) experiments with this grant. Government labs and agencies are not eligible. This is designed to assist developing research for small entities. Application Deadline Feb 15th, 2023 (5PM ET)

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Dr. Paul Humrickhouse 

Distinguished Scientist, Blanket and

Fuel Cycle Group ORNL

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Overview of the Safety and Licensing Aspects of Future Fusion Power Plants

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  • Utility Perspectives on Fusion

  • Radioactive Materials from Fusion

  • Neutron Activation

  • Radioactive Material Concerns & Confinement

  • Decay Heat in Fusion Reactors

  • How Radioactive Materials Mobilize 

  • NRC Licensing Status & Waste Classification

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Comparison of heat radiated by tungsten contaminants inside JET with the screening heat barrier in place (right) and without it (left). Source: Anthony Fields et al., Nuclear Fusion

Breakthrough in Impurity Reduction Proves Promising for ITER and Future Power Plants

EUROfusion researchers at the Joint European Torus (JET) fusion device have made a significant breakthrough in the development of fusion energy by confirming that fusion devices can effectively remove impurities coming from the metal divertor, reducing heat loss from the fusion plasma.

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A Magor Atep Forward: The finding is excellent news because it will make it easier for future fusion devices like the ITER facility to reach and maintain fusion conditions, say the researchers. Although the effect was already known from computer simulations,the research now published is the first-ever experimental validation and shows that the screening effect can be counted on in ITER and in future fusion power plants. This breakthrough is a major step towards the realization of fusion energy as a sustainable and reliable source of energy for the future.

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Quantum Simulator Enables First Microscopic Observation

of Charge Carriers Pairing

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A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) has for the first time monitored in an experiment how holes (positive charge carriers) in a solid-state model combined to form pairs. This process could play an important role in understanding high-temperature superconductivity.

The team in Garching has now for the first time been able to demonstrate pairs which are formed this way. Their experiment was based on a lattice-like arrangement of cold atoms, as well as on a tricky suppression of the movement of free charge carriers. The researchers report on their results in the journal "Nature".

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Regulators Sign Off on NuScale Small Modular Nuclear Reactor,

First to Get Approval

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has certified the design for what will be the United States’ first small modular nuclear reactor.

The rule that certifies the design was published Thursday in the Federal Register. It means that companies seeking to build and operate a nuclear power plant can pick the design for a 50-megawatt, advanced light-water small modular nuclear reactor by Oregon-based NuScale Power and apply to the NRC for a license.

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Meet the New Program Director:

Q & A with Dr. Laurent Pilon

Dr. Laurent Pilon comes to ARPA-E from the University of California, Los Angeles where he is a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. His area of research focused on the nexus of interfacial and transport phenomena, radiative heat transfer, and material science for the development of sustainable energy conversion, storage, and efficiency technologies.

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...a team of NASA researchers led by Dr. Theresa Benyo has proposed a new method that would rely on something other than conventional radioactive isotopes—plutonium-238 or enriched uranium-235. Instead, their method would involve triggering nuclear fusion reactions between the atoms of a solid metal.

A Hybrid Fission/Fusion Reactor Could be the Best Way to get Through the Ice on Europa

Physics.org, January 17, 2023  by Matt Williams, Universe Today

In the coming years, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) will send two robotic missions to explore Jupiter's icy moon Europa. These are none other than NASA's Europa Clipper and the ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE), which will launch in 2024, and 2023 (respectively). Once they arrive by the 2030s, they will study Europa's surface with a series of flybys to determine if its interior ocean could support life. These will be the first astrobiology missions to an icy moon in the outer solar system, collectively known as "ocean worlds."

Looking for Life in the Oceans on Europa

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Fusion power: how close are we? | FT Film

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Produced filmed and edited by Petros Gioumpasis. Reported by Simon Mundy. Additional footage by ITER, NASA, Tokamak Energy Getty, Reuters, BVE, CFS. Graphics by Rory Griffiths, Ian Bott and Russell Birkett. Postproduction by Coda

For the first time, US scientists have achieved a fusion reaction with net energy gain. But the dream of limitless zero-carbon energy is still a long way from reality. The FT's Simon Mundy meets scientists and investors in the UK, France and US, to see how close we really are to commercial fusion power

Interviews in this first of three instalments:

Pietro Barabaschi, Director General – ITER

Tim Luce, Head of Scientific Operations – ITER

Malcolm Parry, Senior Associate – Hogan Lovells

Melanie Windridge, Physicist – Fusion Energy Insights

Hannah Willett, Plasma Diagnostician – Tokamak Energy

Phil Larochelle, Partner – Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Bob Mumgaard, CEO – Commonwealth Fusion Systems  

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Many remote positions are available throughout the listings

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Light Element Electric Fusion (LEEF) Could be a

Direct to Electricity Fusion Energy Source

to Reach Commercially Viable Power

Q & A with Ryan S. Wood, CEO & Co-founder of Electric Fusion Systems

and Tony Gerillo, Editor of Fusion Energy News International.

Fusion energy’s recent “historical” event at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) has brought a great deal of attention to the Fusion Industry in general.   Within the industry the various types of processes for producing fusion energy are well known. For example, the NIF experiment was “inertial confinement fusion” or ICF and ITER the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor is magnetic confinement fusion or MCF.  Most of these technologies produce energy in the form of heat. The heat is used to produce steam that then spins a turbine to produce electricity.

There are a few companies designing fusion reactors that directly produce electricity. To be clear, to date no company or laboratory has harnessed fusion energy and created commercially viable power (electricity).

 

Electric Fusion Systems (EFS) in Colorado, USA is designing and testing direct electricity producing fusion reactors using a form of aneutronic fusion called “lithium-proton nuclear fusion”. In this Q & A article with Ryan S. Wood, CEO and Co-founder of EFS we will discuss how the technology works, it’s benefits and challenges, technology uses, funding and time to scale among other important topics.

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General Fusion’s Fusion Energy Demonstration Receives Consent at UKAEA’s Culham Campus

South Oxfordshire District Council Planning Committee approves fusion energy project; construction to start this year

Following the resolution to grant planning permission by the South Oxfordshire District Council Planning Committee, construction of General Fusion’s demonstration at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) Culham Campus is expected to start this summer.

When construction of the 10,500m2 building is complete, General Fusion will lease the building from UKAEA. The company’s fusion machine is expected to be commissioned in 2026 and fully operational by early 2027.

Built to 70 per cent scale of a commercial power plant, the demonstration will create fusion conditions in a power plant-relevant environment, achieving temperatures of over 100 million degrees Celsius. This is a crucial step on the path to eventually powering homes, businesses and industry with zero-carbon fusion energy. The facility itself will not generate power.

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Tokamak Energy and Furukawa Electric Group Strengthen Relationship

to Progress Commercial Fusion Energy

HTS magnets are an essential enabler for the low cost, commercial operation and global deployment of spherical tokamak devices.

Tokamak Energy has signed an agreement with leading Japanese and United States companies to supply specialist high temperature superconducting (HTS) tape for its new advanced prototype fusion device, ST80-HTS.

Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan and SuperPower Inc, New York, USA of Furukawa Electric Group, are expected to deliver more than several hundred kilometres of tape to the Oxford-based company for the next phase of construction.

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ST80-HTS will be the world’s first high field spherical tokamak using HTS magnets at scale and will utilise HTS tape developed and supplied by Furukawa Electric Group. This is a key stage in the path to Tokamak Energy’s fusion pilot plant which will demonstrate the capability to deliver clean electricity into the grid in the early 2030s, producing up to 200 MW of net electrical power.

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Fusion in Top 5 to Launch Net-Zero Initiative

FUSION COMPANIES TARGETING EARLY 2030S

These Five (5) Companies Have Publicly Stated That They Will Able to Provide Power to the Grid in the Early 2030s or Sooner

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Nuclear Fusion Lab Achieves ‘Ignition’: What Does It Mean?

Fusion researchers at the U.S. National Ignition Facility created a reaction that made more energy than they put in.

By Jeff TollefsonElizabeth GibneyNature

(Read full article at Scientific American)

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JET Facility, Culham  UK

Technology:

Magnetic Confinement Fusion

JET - Joint Experimental Tokamak Sets Record for sustained fusion energy Eurofusion is the EU consortium the runs the JET experiment (at the UKAEA Culham Fusion Centre that is the prototype guiding the development of the ITER project.   

(Details at EUROfusion Here)

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