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The Weekly Fusion: A Look at Current Advancements in Fusion Energy

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|11.18.15-11.23.15|

The future of fusion is constantly being unfolded in front of our eyes, as every week there is some breakthrough in new technologies and designs in the nuclear fusion sector of energy. Since there is such a wealth of information, I have gathered and consolidated a list of articles geared toward the advancement of making fusion energy a reality, from within the past week.

Weekly Fusion News

Three Alternative Fusion Projects That Are Making Progress

Mark Anderson / IEEE Spectrum / 11.18.15

The past few months have proved that hope for nuclear fusion as the ultimate clean and nonpolluting energy source springs eternal. One reactor plan projects a tantalizing gigawatts-per-year net energy out of its still-on-the-drawing-board idea. Another scheme uses the same reaction as the first but seeks smaller-scale reactors. A third uses the familiar “heavy hydrogen” reactions of decades past—deuterium and ­tritium hydrogen isotopes combining to create helium, neutrons, and energy—but relies on possibly transformative design changes enabled by using the latest superconducting magnets.

 

Landmark ITER nuclear fusion energy test a decade away

Chris Griffith / The Australian / 11.23.15

It was hoped that the first trial might take place in around four years, but there has been concern for some time that this timetable had become unrealistic. Last week the ITER council considered a revised timetable for the project, and set a deadline of June next year for a revise schedule. However reports suggest there will be a delay of about six years, with the initial part of the project coming to fruition about 2025.

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