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energyLPP Fusion works on cooling problem of an eventual fusion generator

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The cooling of the plasma focus electrodes, especially the anode, is likely to be the toughest engineering problem to be faced by LPP Fusion’s dense plasma focus project when they go from a demonstration of net fusion energy in the …

energyNuclear Fusion Update

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The Conversation claim nuclear fusion is back again. Nextbigfuture has been constantly tracking nuclear fusion and advanced nuclear fission every week for the past 13 years. The popular question is when will we have commercial nuclear fusion that has a …

energyLockheed is not revealing a commercial prototype nuclear fusion reactor in the next few years

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There have been several articles about Lockheed Martin putting out a patent for its compact nuclear fusion reactor to power aircraft carriers and be moved on trucks or put into airplanes. The last technical updates indicated that the hope for …

fusionPulsed Fission-Fusion (PuFF) Propulsion Concept gets Phase 2 NIAC funding

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The pulsed fission fusion propulsion (PuFF) system envisions using a pulsed z-pinch to compress a fission-fusion target. The resulting deflagration expands against a magnetic nozzle to produce thrust and generate recharge energy for the next pulse. A z-Pinch is a …

energyLPP Fusion has funds try to reach nuclear fusion net gain milestone

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LPP Fusion has raised over $640,000 in its latest crowdfunding round. LPP fusion is preparing for beryllium electrode experiments for its attempt to prove out their dense plasma focus fusion designs. LPP fusion wants to build small, decentralized 5 Megawatt …

colonizationInterstellar race for the Universe

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Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute, has a 15-page analysis of a race to colonize the Universe. Over the next hundreds years or so humanity should be able to develop molecular nanotechnology, advanced nuclear fusion for power generation and space …

energyLaser-heated nanowires produce micro-scale nuclear fusion with record efficiency

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Using a compact but powerful laser to heat arrays of ordered nanowires, CSU scientists and collaborators have demonstrated micro-scale nuclear fusion in the lab. They have achieved record-setting efficiency for the generation of neutrons – chargeless sub-atomic particles resulting from …

energyCommonwealth Fusion Systems will try to use more powerful superconductors and magnets for a compact commercial Tokomak by 2033

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Bob Mumgaard, CEO of the private company Commonwealth Fusion Systems has attracted $50 million in support of a new nuclear fusion project from the Italian energy company Eni. The goal is to have a working power plant in time to …

fusionUS spending $300 million and rising to $1 billion by 2020 to begin combat laser rollout

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The US has funded several combat laser deployments over the next three years. Lockheed Martin is being awarded a $150 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for Surface Navy Laser Weapon System Increment 1, High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with a surveillance …

energyTAE Technologies Gen 5 reactor targets tripling confinement with 10 times the power by 2020

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TAE Technologies, Inc. (formerly Tri Alpha Energy), the world’s largest and most advanced private fusion company, has announced that its proprietary beam-driven field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasma generator, “Norman,” surpassed a new technical milestone, bringing the company closer to the reality …