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ITER fusion facility reaches the halfway point

The world’s biggest and most expensive nuclear fusion research project, known as ITER, says it’s halfway done with the construction effort leading to the startup of its seven-story-high reactor in 2025. ITER’s ambition to demonstrate a sustained fusion reaction that produces a net … Continue reading

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TAE fusion venture wins supercomputer time

TAE Technologies, the venture formerly known as Tri Alpha Energy, says it’s been admitted into a U.S. Department of Energy supercomputer program that should accelerate its drive to harness nuclear fusion. The Office of Science program — known as Innovative and Novel … Continue reading

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Tri Alpha Energy fires up new plasma machine

Tri Alpha Energy, the fusion energy venture backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, says it has achieved first plasma in its latest generator. The $100 million device at Tri Alpha’s lab in Foothill Ranch, Calif., had been known as C-2W, … Continue reading

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Fusion ‘pretzel’ fires up first hydrogen plasma

Hydrogen plasma was produced for the first time on Feb. 3 in Germany’s Wendelstein 7-X fusion device, which has been called the “reactor designed in hell” as well as the“pretzel that could save Planet Earth.” The Wendelstein 7-X was built at … Continue reading

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Startups bring new attitude to fusion quest

The lab where a company called General Fusion is trying to spark an energy revolution looks like a cross between a hardware store and a mad scientist’s lair. Bins full of electrical gadgets are piled high against the walls. Capacitors … Continue reading

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EMC2 revives its quest for nuclear fusion

After languishing in limbo for most of the last year, EMC2 Fusion Development Corp. says it’s back in business with an unorthodox concept for nuclear fusion power plants. The concept is variously known as Polywell fusion, inertial electrostatic confinement or magnetic cusp … Continue reading

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SPOILER: How Star Wars uses plasma physics

Spoiler Alert! This post doesn’t reveal any major plot twists, but it does explore a significant element of the new movie. Stop reading now if you want it to remain a surprise. X-wing fighter technology hasn’t changed all that much in 30 … Continue reading

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