Billionaires Put $2 Billion into Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Commonwealth Fusion Systems and MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) have demonstrated a magnet with a record-breaking 20 Tesla magnetic field. This is the core technology that they planned to create. They now have to mass produce it at ten times lower cost and assemble it into a net energy gain system by 2025. …

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On-site Hydrogen Production with Integrated Membrane Reactor and Membrane Separation

H2SITE, is a pioneer in on-site hydrogen (H2) production, and just raised 12.5 Million euros in a Series A funding round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), with participation from Equinor Ventures, ENGIE New Ventures, TECNALIA and institutional investors from the Basque Country (Capital Riesgo País Vasco (EZTEN FCR) and Seed Capital Bizkaia (SCB)). This …

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Drone Youtuber Disagrees With Electrek Tesla Texas Production Claim

Electrek reports that they have obtained inside information for the first time that says Tesla Texas production rate reached 2000-5000 cars per week. Joe Tegtmeyer has daily drone footage of Tesla Austin. Joe says Tesla Texas production is just over 100 per day (aka under 1000 per week). If the Electrek report has any accuracy …

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Direct Probe of Superconductivity on the Atomic Scale

Direct detection of superconductivity has long been a key strength of point-contact Andreev reflection. However, its applicability to atomic-scale imaging is limited by the mechanical contact of the Andreev probe. To this end, researchers present a new method to probe Andreev reflection in a tunnel junction, leveraging tunneling spectroscopy and junction tunability to achieve quantitative …

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Nuclear Fusion Startup Zap Energy Makes Progress and Gets $160 Million

Zap Energy creating the first plasmas in their FuZE-Q prototype. They achieved Q=1 where the process of nuclear fusion inside a plasma yields more energy than was consumed to create the plasma. In 2021, Zap Energy used sheared-flow stabilization to extend the lifetime of Z-pinch plasmas at 500 kiloamps (kA) of current. Zap’s sheared-flow-stabilized Z-pinch …

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Stationary Battery Energy from Now to 2030

The United States is the largest market for stationary (battery) storage in the world. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that annual demand for lithium-ion batteries will surpass 2.7 terawatt-hours (TWh) by 2030. 800 Gigawatts of battery storage at current prices is about $1.5 trillion. Prices will be high for the next two to three years …

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Which Carmakers go Bankrupt First with the Death of ICE Cars?

Which Car Companies Goes Bankrupt or Restructures First? They will be losing 50-90% of their legacy auto business from 2024-2028. When and how fast will depend upon their region and types of cars they make. Large trucks and SUVs will take 2-5 years longer to replace. China and Europe and transition about 2-4 years faster …

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China Extreme Economic Stimulation of Manufacturing Including the Electric Car Industry Starting 2H2022 $TSLA $CATL $NIO

China’s battery maker and electric car companies were up from 1.5%-11% on hopes of “extraordinary policies to address the lack in downstream manufacturing companies”. CATL largest battery supplier in the world and major Tesla supplier is up about 2% on China’s stock exchange. NIO and Xpeng are high-end electric car makers and are up about …

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