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elon musk2015 Journey To Space is a RetroFuture

Retrofuturism shows the future produced in an earlier era. Futurism is anticipating what will come and retrofuturism is remembering an outdated expectation. Journey to Space was made in 2015 and is looking at what Boeing and United Launch Alliance hoped …

energyDOE is Investing in Advanced Nuclear Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $49.3 million in nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure awards for 58 advanced nuclear technology projects in 25 states. The awards fall under DOE’s nuclear energy programs called …

energyClarifying What Commonwealth Fusion Systems Will Do

Steven B. Krivit points out that Commonwealth Fusion Systems will not get to true energy breakeven in 2025. The plans for the SPARC reactor specify a fusion power output of 50 to 100 MW of heat. Thermal power to heat …

climate changeFixing Energy and Transportation or Use Environmental Judo

Changing energy and transportation in the US in an expensive way will not by itself deflect world greenhouse gas emissions. It will cost about $50-200 per ton of CO2 doing it that way. And it will take many decades. The …

canadaCanada Will Demo, Deploy and Lead in SMR Nuclear Fission Reactors

Canada has one of the world’s most promising domestic markets for SMRs (Small Modular Reactors – nuclear fission). Conservative estimates place the potential value for SMRs in Canada at $5.3B between 2025 and 2040. Globally, the SMR market is much …

energyNew Mode Enables Four-Fold Increase in Tokamak Fusion Performance

Super-H Mode allows tokamaks to achieve higher fusion performance than previously possible. In recent experiments operating in and near the Super H-mode regime, researchers have achieved record-breaking values of fusion gain for a device of DIII-D’s size. Fusion gain is …

energyUS Crude Production Keeps Hitting New Records and Texas is Over 5 Million Barrels Per Day

U.S. crude oil production reached a new all-time daily average high of 12.2 million barrels per day (MMbpd) in May. In May, Texas crude oil output was over 5 MMbpd for the first time. Texas is only behind Russia, Saudi …

energyChina Could Export $145 Billion Worth of Nuclear Reactors By 2030

China’s Belt and Road nuclear projects could earn Chinese firms as much as 1 trillion yuan ($145.52 billion) by 2030. This would be 30 large nuclear reactors built in countries that are part of the Belt and Road plan. Forty-one …

energyFirst Light fusion Using Hypervelocity Projectiles for Pulsed Fusion

Startup First Light Fusion (FLF) claims it is on target to achieve fusion gain (more energy out than goes in) by 2024. They are not using lasers or intense magnetic fields which can prove to be very complicated and costly …

energyGame Changing Direct Drive Fusion Propulsion Progress

Direct Fusion Drive, is a unique fusion engine concept based on the Princeton Field-Reversed Configuration (PFRC) fusion reactor under development at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The truly game-changing levels of thrust and power in a modestly sized package could …