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First Light Fusion’s chief executive Nicholas Hawker with the hyper-velocity gas gun used in the reaction © Tom Pilston/FT

By Tom Wilson - Financial Times

First Light Fusion Achieves "Projectile Fusion" Breakthrough

A British start-up pioneering a new approach to fusion energy has successfully combined atomic nuclei, in what the UK regulator described as an important step in the decades-long effort to generate electricity from the reaction that powers the sun.  

Oxford-based First Light Fusion, which has been developing an approach called projectile fusion since 2011, said it had produced energy in the form of neutrons by forcing deuterium isotopes to fuse, validating years of research.

Ian Chapman, chief executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, which validated the findings, described the results as “another important step forward”.

“The value of this [result] is that it offers potentially a much cheaper, a much easier path to power production,” said chief executive Nicholas Hawker.

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Once again, the UK leads the way.  There is no other place on the planet that compares.

As my British friends would say, BRILLIANT!!

The UKAEA held its 7th procurement conference on FUSION. Please take a hard look. FUSION IS HERE. This is the fastest 1.5 hours of info you can get. If you want to sell something, go here: Presentation Slides

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Tracking Fusion

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FENi's Top-5 Fusion Energy Producers

Targeting the Early 2030s

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Vancouver, BC Canada

Technology: Magnetized Target Fusion 

General Fusion announces the formation of a Market Development Advisory Committe (MDAC).

Members include electrical utilities, renewable energy providers and companies leading decarbonization of heavy industry

(Read Press Rease Here)

General Fusion and the UKAEA have agreed    to build a demo-plant in the UK. Expected        completion is late 2025. 

(Brief Read Here)

General Fusion, Bruce Power & The Canadain Nuclear Innovation Institute have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on accelerating delivery of clean fusion power in Canada.

(Brief Read Here)

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Cambridge, MA USA

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General Fusion Building a

Global Market for

Fusion Energy with

Industry Leaders

General Fusion’s global network of investors and government, institutional, and industrial partners enable the company to pursue a more ambitious fusion technology commercialization program. Through the MDAC, General Fusion is proactively engaging the market to form a portfolio of prospective early fusion adopters to ensure that the performance and specifications of its Magnetized Target Fusion power plant will align with customer needs.

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Richard Horrobin, VP, Business Development & Energy Innovation, Bruce Power “Fusion is a key emerging technology that is complementary to the emissions-free electricity we produce. We look forward to applying our experience and expertise in innovation, clean energy production, and policy development to collaborate with General Fusion.”

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Michael Lewis, CEO, E.ON UK. “Energy-intensive industrial customers particularly will need alternative technologies if they are to meet net-zero targets and remain competitive in their own markets, and as the UK’s largest electricity provider, we are pleased to have the opportunity to work with General Fusion to look at how the market for their products could evolve in the UK and develop a new way to take action for the climate.”

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Henrik Henriksson, CEO, H2 Green Steel “H2 Green Steel is on a mission to undertake the global steel industry’s greatest ever technological shift, that’s why we are teaming up with General Fusion to explore the global scalability of our technology, not limited by in-country power generation constraints. Fusion energy has the potential to accelerate the decarbonization of steel production.”

Riccardo Toto, General Manager, Renexia “Specializing in renewable energy, pioneering sustainable and innovative technologies is in our DNA, that is why we have joined General Fusion’s international committee, to support bringing clean fusion energy technology to market...We hope that fusion energy will soon represent a further opportunity to promote an energy mix less dependent on fossil fuels.”

Technology: Magnetic Confinement Fusion 

CFS & MIT's Plasma Science & Fusion Center prove that fusion power scaled High Temperature, Superconducting Magnets (HTS) can provide the 20-Tesla magnetic power to support commercial fusion.  (Press Release Here)

CFS Led by Tiger Global Management achieved $1.8 Billion in Series-B funding to commercialize fusion energy. 

(Press Release Here)

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Foothill Ranch, CA USA

Technology: Linear (FRC) Field Reverse      Configuration using Boron-11 Fuel 

TEA teams-up with Google A.I. applying software that can improve on its own, TAE Technologies has cut down tasks that once took two months to just a few hours.  

(Full BBC Article Here)

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Everett, WA USA

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Joe Hoagland, Vice President for Innovation & Research, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). “Developing advanced nuclear and other technologies is important for TVA’s energy system of the future. The recent support of the United States Congress for public-private partnerships that promise to accelerate the growth of fusion is encouraging. 

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The Fusion Industry Association Holds 1st Fusion Energy Policy Confernce

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Photos Courtesy of FIA

The key to this successful conference was bringing all the right people together.  Andrew Holland, the CEO of the FIA congregated a group of fusion energy leaders, experts from science and policy, bipartisan government officials and the stakeholders that need to know the direction of U.S. regulation of fusion energy.

Important Take-Aways:

  • Moving Fusion Energy Regulations away from Fission Requirements

  • Expanding Public/Private Partnerships

  • Development of the critical framework appropriate to regulating fusion energy

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Fusion Energy Regulation

"Putting it in Writing"

By Tony Gerillo, EIC Fusion Energy News International

As the only news outlet in attendance at the Fusion Industry Association’s 1st annual policy meeting, it turns out to be a responsibility not to be taken lightly.  Unpacking the day’s full agenda deserves a deep look into what the industry has achieved and what the next steps in regulation will be.

It is clear that fusion energy is inherently safe and that regulation will become a matter of getting the wording right so that society can move past the nomenclature of nuclear atomic energy having a negative impact on humans. Positive branding of fusion is difficult due to the negative history around nuclear fission, even though the only branding trait they share is in that “nuclear” appears in both names.                                                                       

Where will fusion reactor regulations come from?

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Commercial Fusion - April 4th 2022

Technology: Plasma Accelerator Linear (FRC) Field Reverse Configuration

using He-3 Fuel 

Helion Energy Breaks Ground on Fusion Facility Helion’s fusion power plant will provide flexible, scalable, baseload power that is affordable, providing the world a new path to full decarbonization of electricity generation. (Full Businesswire Article Here)

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Milton Park, Oxfordshire UK

Technology: Spherical Tokamak Magnetic Confinement Fusion

Tokamak Energy moves closer to commercial fusion: 100M degree plasma a world record for a spherical tokamak 

Tokamak Energy has demonstrated a world-first with its privately-funded ST40 spherical tokamak, achieving a plasma temperature of 100 million degrees Celsius, the threshold required for commercial fusion energy.

This is by far the highest temperature ever achieved in a spherical tokamak and by any privately funded tokamak  (Brief Read Here)

Fusion Industry - April 1st 2022

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Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

on Fire, Risk of

Radiation Spreading to Europe

By REUTERS AND MICHAEL STARR AND JERUSALEM POST STAFF

Some 24,700 acres of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone were on fire on Sunday. Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Lyudmyla Denisova said that these fires could potentially spread radionuclides to Belarus and the rest of Europe, spreading the radiation.

Ukraine - Russian War 

Fusion Culture - April 1st 2022

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General Atomics Names Dr. Wayne Solomon as Vice President for

Magnetic Fusion Energy Division

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Dr. Solomon joined GA in 2016 as Deputy Director for the DIII-D National Fusion Facility. Most recently, he held the role of Director of Science & Technology and Deputy Director for MFE, where he helped develop a long-range strategy for the Division and oversaw innovative science, research, and technology development programs within the Energy Group.

Commercial Fusion 

Breakthrough in Efficient Powering of HTS Magnets Tokamak Energy has developed a novel power converter inside a vacuum cryostat. Successful tests demonstrated a 50% reduction in the heat load from the current leads. 

(Brief Read Here)

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St. Paul Les Durance, France

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US Senator Manchin visits ITER

"TODAY I SAW THE

POSSIBILITY OF WORLD PEACE"

By Laban Coblentz, ITER Head of Communication

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"We cannot 'eliminate our way' to net zero. We have to innovate, not eliminate our way to carbon neutrality." With this observation, United States Senator Joe Manchin set the stage for a candid, thoughtful conversation at the end of his extended tour of the ITER worksite

Research 

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Tokamak Energy moves closer to commercial fusion: 100M degree plasma a world record for a spherical tokamak

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Abingdon, Oxfordshire  UK

Technology: Spherical Tokamak Magnetic Confinement Fusion

STEP - Spherical Tokamak for energy production  (5) Five locations on the "shortlist" are in the final stages of evaluation as the STEP programme gets ready to choose the site for their first fusion energy power plant (Details at UK.gov Here) 

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Abingdon, Oxfordshire  UK

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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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LLNL, Livermore, CA  USA

Technology: Laser Inertial Confinement

A Fusion Reaction Has Generated More Energy Than Absorbed by The Fuel The National Ignition Facility put researchers at the threshold of fusion ignition, achieving a yield of more than 1.3 megajoules

(Details at LLNL - NIF Here)

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